Chelsea youngsters keep up tradition

Chelsea youngsters keep up tradition

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Last night the Chelsea Under-21 team kept up the clubs sensational youth record and reached the Premier League International Cup by beating Tottenham Under-21s 5-2 away in Stevenage.

The Blues scored early goals through Reece Mitchell, Kasey Palmer and a sensational strike from his own half by Ola Aina to give the youngsters a 3-0 lead going into half time. Spurs then drew 2 goals back after half time before the young Blues finished off their London neighbours with a late brace from promising young striker Tammy Abraham for it to finish 5-2.

After the match Chelsea Under-21 manager Andy Myers spoke to Chelsea’s Official Website “We had the first half and we said at half-time it was important that we don’t concede early in the second half but we did and Spurs got their tails up. They had a go at us, got the second goal and we had to dig deep and keep defending but credit to the boys for staying in there. To get our third goal against the run of play took the wind out of their sails and we went on to win.

“The game opened up in the second half and there was a lot of space for both teams, sometimes too much, but if Tammy gets that space you fancy him to score and his second was a very good finish.

“I am pleased with the boys’ application and when we start these competitions, although it is development we want to win them.”

The Under-21s return to action in the Under-21 Premier League this Sunday 31 January when they travel to take on league leaders Sunderland for an 11.45am kick-off. Before then, the youth team have the opportunity to seal the southern league title with victory against second-placed Reading on Saturday 30 January.