Trusting in youth

Chelsea 4-4 Ajax, November 2019

In the away game against Ajax during our Champions League group campaign, four Academy players – Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Mount and Tomori – started, which was fitting against a side famed for their youth set-up. Although that number dropped to three for the return match at the Bridge, it was an absolute thriller, as we came back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 thanks to a goal from James, who had been a half-time substitute. As a result, he became our youngest-ever Champions League goalscorer, at the age of 19 years and 332 days.

Kosovo 0-4 England, November 2019

Yes, we’re fully aware this isn’t part of the 100-game run, but it remains a highlight for three of our Academy boys. Tomori made his England debut, becoming the 50th Blue to represent the Three Lions, and Mount scored his maiden goal at senior international level, becoming our youngest goalscorer for England in 60 years. There was also a start for Hudson-Odoi, who was back in the international picture following a long injury absence.

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