‘We should all be very proud!’ – Chelsea Under-16s crowned national champions

Under-16s head coach Hassan Sulaiman praised his side’s achievement and their ability to overcome fatigue with a winning mentality when it mattered. 

‘Once we reached the final, the staff and I knew the boys were physically and mentally fatigued but our club value ‘Here To Win’ then kicked in,’ he told the official Chelsea website.

‘Throughout the tournament, they had displayed the togetherness required for any team to win a tournament like this. To be crowned the best team in the country is something we should all be very proud of.’

Captain Michael Golding was presented with the Player of the Tournament award and then capped off an incredible few weeks by winning the Val de Marne Tournament with England Under-16s. Assistant coach Andy Boughey praised him for being ‘a catalyst in midfield and a role model captain, who led by example on and off the pitch.’

Congratulations to the players, staff and everyone involved in another fantastic achievement for the Chelsea Academy!