The Drive For Five In A Row: A 2017-18 FA Youth Cup Preview

December 14, 2017

Manchester United are the only club to have won the FA Cup on five successive occasions, dominating the competition during its infancy in the 1950s, and the success cemented a philosophy that has seen the club feature at least one academy graduate in every single senior fixture for more than 80 years. As Chelsea embark upon a campaign in which they hope to join the Busby Babes in the history…


The Loan Report: December 4-10

December 10, 2017

Much like last week, it was a frustrating seven days for a number of Chelsea’s loan army, whilst Mario Pašalić scored again to keep his good form going for Spartak Moscow. Headliners Pašalić came off the bench midway through the second half of Spartak’s Moscow derby at home to CSKA on Sunday, and took his season’s tally up to five with a stoppage-time goal to seal a 3-0 win. It…


Under-18s: Tottenham Hotspur 4-4 Chelsea

December 9, 2017

Chelsea’s Under-18s recovered from three two-goal deficits to claim a point in a remarkable 4-4 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in Enfield on Saturday morning. The Blues trailed 2-0 to early goals from Reo Griffiths and Timothy Eyoma and, although Daishawn Redan reduced the arrears, an unfortunate own goal by Marc Guehi sent them in for half time with work still to do. A Conor Gallagher penalty gave them hope; hope…


Development Squad: Milton Keynes 0-4 Chelsea

December 6, 2017

Chelsea’s Development squad booked their place in the last sixteen of the Checkatrade Trophy with a resounding 4-0 victory at Milton Keynes on Wednesday evening. With manager Joe Edwards fielding a team including first-team squad players Michy Batshuayi, Eduardo, Kenedy, Kyle Scott, Ethan Ampadu and Charly Musonda against a makeshift home team, the match was never likely to be much of a contest, and so it proved. Batshuayi netted a…


The Loan Report: November 27 – December 3

December 3, 2017

Last week’s goal-filled Loan Report is followed, typically, by a much quieter edition this weekend. There was one goal to report on however, scored way back last Monday, and it came courtesy of Mario Pašalić. Headliners Pašalić’s Spartak Moscow hosted Zenit St Petersburg in one of the most keenly-anticipated fixtures of the Russian Premier League season, and it was the Croatian midfielder who helped to seal a 3-1 win with…


Under-18s: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United

December 2, 2017

Chelsea secured safe passage into the last eight of the inaugural Under-18 Premier League Cup with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at Cobham on Saturday morning. A pair of goals from Charlie Brown, struck either side of half time, ensured the Blues finished top of their group after drawing at Blackburn in September and winning at Brighton a month ago. They controlled the match from start to finish, and…