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With a great second half, Chelsea won their first match in the Uefa Youth League vs Qarabag.

After a first half without goal, the Blues gained the first three points of their campaign scoring in the second part of the game with Hudson-Odoi, McCormick who scored a hattrick, and Brown.

Chelsea are included in group C also with Atletico Madrid and Roma.

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For the second group fixture England were matched against the Netherlands. England found themselves a goal behind before Dominic Solanke levelled matters.

With the game delicately balanced it was left to Izzy Brown to secure the victory with a stoppage time winner.

England have one last group game to take care of, against Croatia this coming Monday, before contemplating taking part in the semi-finals.

Solanke has now scored in both group matches, here`s hoping he continues on his scoring run and that the Chelsea youngsters continue to prosper in the U19 England squad.

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With over thirty Chelsea players out on loan, who is it worth bringing back in to the first team squad?

Nathan Ake– He has played consistently well for Watford this season, the club really could have done with him when they had problems at left-back, definitely worth having Ake in the first team.

Patrick Bamford– Finally getting some game time on loan at Norwich after a terrible time at Crystal Palace in the first half of the season. Named Championship player of the year last year, huge potential, needs to be given a chance rather then being loaning in players such as Pato and Falcao who have added nothing to the squad.

Dominic Solanke– The young England forward has done very well during his loan spell at Vitesse. At just 18 years-old Solanke has huge potential, scoring 7 goals in just 16 appearances in the Eredivisie.

Charly Musonda– Currently out on loan at La Liga side Real Betis, Musonda is very highly rated at Chelsea. The 19 year old has scored one and assisted one in his 8 appearances since making the move in January.

Andreas Christensen– Currently out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, the young Dane has played a few first team games for the Blues most notably away at Liverpool when there was ‘that’ Gerrard slip and Chelsea won 2-0. A big strong defender with a bright future ahead.

Juan Cuadrado– Given just a handful of games after his big money signing in January 2015 he was shipped out on loan just 6 months later. Surely needs to be given a proper chance, he has 4 goals and 5 assists for Juventus and is very highly thought of in Turin- it must be for a good reason. Give him some game time!

Players like Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Mo Salah all deserve more game time in the Chelsea squad. This is a huge issue that needs to be addressed by the incoming manager.

Having a look at the players needed and the players that aren’t. And instead of constantly loaning them out, these player need to stay or go.

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Chelsea are Premier League champions, but according to Graeme Souness, they still have to improve to succeed.

Souness explained his reasons to Sky Sports.

“Didier Drogba found life tough when he got his games towards the end of the season.

“He found it a difficult league to play in at his age.

“So with him going I think they need to get another striker and I’m sure he’s going to address that.

“With Diego Costa, is his hamstring fully cleared up? He arrived with it and it seemed to be a problem for him throughout the season.

“When he was playing early on, he was doing a real job for them. But they will add.

“When you are at that level or perhaps any level, if you’re not adding to it then you’re standing still because your rivals will be strengthening.

“Manchester City will, Manchester United will and Arsenal certainly will. So Chelsea have to strengthen otherwise they’re standing still.”

Mourinho believes the Blues’ youngsters are a key priority. Indeed, he introduced Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Izzy Brown and Andreas Christensen into the fold in the latter stages of the season.

The Portuguese manager even claimed that they won Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup this season,  because some of the youngsters did make the transition into the first-team.

“I think genuine failure if you’re Chelsea is not winning the big trophies,” added Souness. “The failure of not introducing youngsters is a poor second. It’s way down the road.

“I think the priority for Jose, as it should be if you ask any supporter, is to win trophies. But it’ll be hard for him. Winning the Premier League back-to-back is not easy.”

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The young midfielder Isaiah Brown confirms he wants to stay at Blues club and be part of Mourinho’s Chelsea next season.

The 18-year-old made his debut last Monday in the Blues’ 3-0 defeat against West Brom and all eyes were on him.

He claimed he doesn’t want to join another club on loan.

The youngster told the Evening Standard:

“It is a hard balance, but if you’re training with the best players in the world and learning from the best manager in the world, what more can you ask for?

“That’s maybe more development for me than going to play in the Championship.

“What happens next season all depends how pre-season goes.

“We will have a sit down and talk about it and see where my future is. But long-term, it is definitely at Chelsea.”

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Last night the 18-year-old Blues player made his first Chelsea debut against his former club West Brom.

A mix of emotions for the youngster, since he was happy for his debut, but disappointed about the result.

He came on as a 79th minute substitute for Blues striker Loic Remy.

The midfielder twitted oh his page:
“Very happy to make my debut for the club I’ve supported growing up, special day for me and my family!”

The 18-year-old was a vital part of the club’s FA Youth Cup triumph this season.

As above-mentioned, West Brom is his former club.

At the end of the 2012/13 season, West Brom rejected an offer for Brown from Chelsea.

However, by the end of July the Blues confirmed they had signed him with a compensation fee between the two clubs set to be decided by a tribunal.

Brown is the second-youngest player in Premier League history at the age of 16 years and 117 days.

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On Monday evening, Izzy Brown will make his debut with Chelsea when they face West Brom

The 18 years old, know them really well as he spent a few years in the academy before joining Chelsea in 2013 which sparked a lot of controversy.

Despite all of that, it will be Chelsea’s last game away of the season, even though they have already been crowned champions. Jose Mourinho decided to give Izzy Brown the chance to play and said it would be very special for him. He said:

“‘Izzy Brown comes from West Bromwich. So it will be special for the kid to play at his house.’

Back in July, Mourinho insisted that if Solanke, Brown or Baker wouldn’t be national team players, he would blame himself. Mourinho has come under scrutiny and was critised by some fans for not giving the young players the chance to play a little bit.

However, given the fact that Brown is expected to play the 90 min against his former club, it looks like Mourinho is keeping his word..

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The official line-ups have been announced for the UEFA Youth League Final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea. Chelsea progressed to the Final after thumping Roma 4-0, whilst Shakthar overcame RSC Anderlecht 1-3. The game kicks off at 3pm (GMT) in Nyon, Switzerland.

Chelsea named an unchanged starting XI from the team that started the semi-final, but there are two changes on the bench as Dujon Sterling and Ruben Sammut replace Ike Ugbo and Ali Suljic.

Shakthar make one change as Oleksandr Hlahola is replaced by Denys Arendaruk.

 

Line-ups:

SHAKTAR DONETSK –Kudryk, Kyryukhantsev, Sahutkin, Matviyenko, Vachiberadze, Pikhalonok, Shtander, Hladchenko, Arendaruk, Boryachuk, Zubkov

Substitutes: Yefanov, Shevchenko, Fursov, Kovalenko, Senytskyy, Hlahola, Merkushov

 

CHELSEA – Collins, Aina, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Dasilva, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Musonda, Brown, Solanke, Boga.

Substitutes: Thompson, Tomori, Palmer, Abraham, Scott, Sammut, Sterling

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Chelsea’s U19 side have reached the UEFA Youth League Final after beating Roma 4-0 in the semi-final in Nyon.

Despite a goalless first half, Chelsea scored three in nine minutes effectively sealed the game and ensured Adi Viveash’s side’s progression to the Final.

A cagey first half did see Chelsea fashion some good chances – Charlie Colkett’s early chance in particular drawing a good save from Roma keeper Gabriele Marchegiani. Chelsea captain Izzy Brown also forced two good saves in quick succession from the Roma shot-stopper.

Roma however did cause a threat at times – Lorenzo Pellegrini struck just wide late on in the half.

Chelsea’s first half pressure paid off as the Young Blues scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half. After good work from Brown, a good run from Colkett was rewarded when the ball fell to him, the midfielder’s low strike taking a deflection off a defender and going past the wrong-footed keeper.

Dominic Solanke then chased down a long ball, beating Marchegiana to the loose ball and confidently lobbing the ball over the onrushing the keeper into the empty net.

Viveash’s men then all but ended the tie as they scored a third. Colkett found space in the box to head Jeremie Boga’s cross towards goal. His header was spilled by the Roma goalkeeper, and Solanke punished him, scoring his 11th goal in the competition. The 17-year old is the competition’s leading goalscorer.

Roma did still contain a threat, particularly through set-pieces. Roma midfielder Daniele Verde came closest with a freekick just after the hour mark, which stung the palms of Chelsea keeper Bradley Collins.

However, Roma’s efforts meant nothing as Chelsea added a fourth late on. Substitute Tammy Abraham combined well with fellow substitute Kasey Palmer to turn in the latter’s cross.

The dominant performance will send the U19 side into the final against Shaktar Donetsk full of confidence. Donetsk beat Aderlecht 3-1 in the other semi-final. The final, that will be played next Monday, will kick off again in Nyon at 3pm GMT.

 

Chelsea: Collins, Aina (Tomori, 89′),Christensen, Clarke-Salter (YC), Dasilva, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Izzy Brown (C), Musonda (Abraham, 75′), Boga (Palmer, 71′), Solanke

Subs not used: Thompson, Suljic, Scott, Ugbo

 

Roma: Marchegiani, Anocic (YC) (Ciavattini, 89′), Calabresi, Verde, Pellegrini (C, YC), Sanabria (Vestenicky, 45′), Di Mariano (YC) (Ndoj, 77′), Paolelli, Marchizza, D’Urso, Machin

Subs not used: Pop, De Santis, Adamo, Ciavattini, Soleri

 

 

 

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