Youth Cup report: Chelsea 1 Everton 2

Heartbreak at the death

Chelsea were in the ascendancy and were seemingly the only team who were going to find the winner in the final minutes of normal time. However, an Everton attack in the final two minutes of normal time would clinch victory for the Toffees. McAllister, scorer of the first, tried his luck after a loose ball fell to him from outside the box. Hitting it first time, the ball forced its way through and over the line.

With that goal, we were deflated and there was little time for a response. Our Youth Cup journey has ended at the fifth round stage.

What’s next?

It’s a quick turnaround for Brand’s boys, who take on Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League next Tuesday morning. Kick-off at Arsenal’s training ground is 11am.

Chelsea Lucas Bergstrom; Josh Brooking, Charlie Wiggett (Dion Rankine 90), Bashir Humphreys; Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate (c), Charlie Webster (Ben Elliott 89), Harvey Vale; Myles Peart-Harris, Joe Haigh, Jude Soonsup-Bell (Bryan Fiabema 68)
Unused subs Alfie Gilchrist, Sami Tlemcani, Silko Thomas, Josh Tobin
Booked Haigh 88
Scorer Haigh 70

Everton Luk Leban, Matthew Mallon, Thierry Small, Sebastian Kristensen, Elijah Campbell, Lewis Warrington (c), Lewis Dobbin (Stanley Mills 26), Luke Butterfield, Tom Cannon (Rafael Garcia 72), Charlie Whitaker, Sean McAllister
Unused subs Jak Stewart, Daniel Lowy, Harry Hagan, Iman Jagne, Jenson Metcalfe
Booked Mallon 54; Small 79, McAllister 90
Scorer McAllister 35, 88

Referee Jason Richardson


Chelsea Foundation ‘Keepie Uppie’ Challenge winners announced

The Foundation have explored different ways to engage with young participants on our programmes and the Freestyle Keepie Uppie Challenge is part of our Chelsea Foundation Kicks virtual programme which we are delivering to help maintain physical and mental well-being during these unprecedented times.

The challenge promoted an activity that young people could complete while in lockdown at home or in a social distanced setting.

The challenge was also part of our youth work delivery and involved partner youth clubs including it within their timetable of activities, as well as participants on other Foundation programmes and also young people in the wider community through our partner networks including local authorities and youth club providers.

Participants aged between eight and 18-years-old were invited to send a video of themselves taking part in the challenge with the best three entries awarded a prize.

The videos were judged and scored by the Chelsea Foundation Social Inclusion team, with the winning entries chosen based on their freestyling skills and the variety and complexity of their routine.

Coming in first place was 16-year-old Zak who won a £100 Nike voucher for his winning entry. Second-placed Yusuf, aged 11, won a Chelsea shirt and 10-year-old Kate came third, receiving a £40 Amazon voucher for her entry.

Check out all three winning entries below…


Chelsea Foundation programme provides students the opportunity to combine education and football

Chelsea Foundation’s senior officer of Football Projects, James Phillips said: ‘We are delighted to be back physically delivering all of our college academy programmes after what has been a difficult year for everyone.

‘We have successfully delivered our virtual programme to our college academy students throughout the lockdown periods but there is no substitute for getting back out on the pitches and returning to training and fixtures.

‘We are already looking forward to the 2021/22 season with plenty of plans afoot to have an even bigger and better programme.

‘These programmes offer those students that want to combine an education programme with their love of football and represent one of the world’s leading clubs.

‘Playing in high quality leagues against top opposition wearing the blue of Chelsea is something I wish I had the chance to do when I was younger and would certainly jump at the chance to do so now!’

Nick Brown, Foundation Sussex area manager, added: ‘College Academies are so important to the Foundation as they are the culmination of our football player pathway.

‘What a great opportunity to learn and train in one programme and compete against some of the top clubs in competitive leagues.’

If any students are interested in joining a Chelsea Foundation College Academy please visit here to find your nearest college.


Teenage Kicks: Derrick Abu

Were there any other sports you were into as a kid?

I was pretty good at tennis and gymnastics. I enjoyed gymnastics and wasn’t afraid to try anything. Football was still my go-to sport though and the one I took part in the most. When I’m on holiday now I play tennis and basketball.

Did you play in any other positions as a youngster?

Full-back and in midfield are my two favourite positions. When I joined Chelsea, I was a midfielder but I quickly moved out wide and eventually into defence, which is where I play now.

What one footballing memory stands out in your career so far?

Making my international debut. Playing for England was a big moment for me and it would have to be the highlight of my career so far. It was in Marbella and we played against Russia – it was an honour and I hope to be able to represent the country again.


Mount: We’ll be ready for anyone in semis

‘We’re ready for the fight, we’re ready for the battle. Now we get to sit down and watch it and really analyse it and the best team will go through, so we’ll be ready for anyone.’

The 22-year-old also discussed the second leg against Porto, when a determined performance from the Blues stifled our opponents and defended our aggregate lead, despite a late goal giving them a 1-0 win on the night, and the scoreline didn’t seem to dampen his excitement about reach the semi-finals.

‘It doesn’t get better than that. Last night the most important thing was getting through. We could have done better on the day, we could have played better, but performance was probably at the back of our minds. Getting through to the semi-finals of the Champions League was at the forefront and we did that.

‘We had a few chances, I had a couple, but the most important thing was defending, staying strong. We all knew that as a team and us three up top – me, Kai and Christian – we knew we had to work our socks off the whole game, keep going.


Chelsea line up vs Porto

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao has made just one change to the team from the first leg in Seville, with this season’s top scorer Sergio Oliveira returning from suspension in midfield, in place of Luis Diaz. Defender Malang Sarr, currently on loan from Chelsea, is on the bench.

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

Substitutes: Caballero, Kepa, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud, Werner

Porto: Marchesin; Manafa, Pepe (c), Mbemba, Sanusi; Oliveira, Grujic, Uribe; Corona, Marega, Otavio

Substitutes: Ramos, Diogo Liete, Loum, Diaz, Taremi, Romario Baro, Martinez, Evanilson, Nanu, Sarr, Vieira, Conceicao

Referee: Clement Turpin


Tuchel on pursuing the same approach and why the tie isn’t over yet

A 2-0 win told only part of the story of last week’s first leg, with Porto having twice as many shots as the Blues and forcing Edouard Mendy into a busy if not overly troublesome evening. Their quality, evidenced by knocking Juventus out in the Round of 16, means they will always cause problems for opponents, according to Tuchel.

‘You have to accept against Porto that it’s a little bit up and down in some minutes and we experienced that in the first leg,’ he added.

‘We managed to control the match in some minutes, to create half-chances, to find some space for acceleration and to have good counter-pressing. But in some minutes they escaped the pressure and they can be very dangerous with runs and dribbles and individual quality. They overload the sides and they are very strong on set-pieces so they give you a lot of questions to answer.

‘They can shift the momentum but it’s a totally normal thing because it happened in all their matches against Manchester City and Juventus [earlier in the competition]. They have quality, they are a proud club and a very emotional team so this is what we have to accept.

‘We should not over-expect from ourselves or lose our temper and patience because of these moments where it’s getting difficult. If it happens again, don’t worry because it’s normal.’


Pressing home an away advantage – examining Chelsea’s European history


Another brace on the road, this time from Nicolas Anelka in Denmark, gave Carlo Ancelotti’s men a useful cushion and there were no issues back in west London as a 0-0 draw did the job against Copenhagen.

Unfortunately, our journey ended in the following round as defeats at home and away to Manchester United knocked us out.


Nothing ever felt measured or comfortable the following season, particularly after the rollercoaster Round of 16 tie against Napoli, but our quarter-final victory over Benfica was actually quite routine. Salomon Kalou’s late goal in Lisbon was vital in giving us a 1-0 away win and then Lampard’s penalty in the return made life even more difficult for the Portuguese visitors.

True to form, it ended up being a nervy final five minutes after Javi Garcia had scored for Benfica, which meant a second away goal would have knocked Robbie Di Matteo’s side out, but up stepped Raul Meireles with a stoppage-time thunderbolt to keep Blues fans dreaming. The rest, as they say, is history.


PL2 Report: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1

What’s next?

Up next for Myers’ men is a trip to Tottenham. Kick-off on Sunday is 12:30pm and the game is live on our platforms.

Chelsea Ethan Wady; Dujon Sterling, Dynel Simeu (c), Sam McClelland; Declan Frith (Xavier Mbuyamba 66), George McEachran Thierno Ballo (Bryan Fiabema 77), Silko Thomas (Alfie Gilchrist 86); Tino Anjorin, Marcel Lewis, George Nunn
Unused subs Karlo Ziger, Luke Badley-Morgan
Booked Frith 64
Scorer Anjorin 60, Thomas 68; Mbuyamba 70

Southampton Jack Bycroft, Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo, James Morris (Kam Ledwidge 71), Allan Tchaptchel, Kayne Ramsey, Ethan Barnett, Sam Bellis, Ryan Finnigan (Dare Olufunwa 67), Dan Nlundulu (Jayden Smith 71), Ramello Mitchell, Kazeem Olaigne
Unused subs Ollie Wright, Seamus Keogh
Booked Ramsey 31
Sent off Ramsey 50
Scorer Olaigne 51

Referee Matthew Russell


Update on Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final fixture

The FA’s statement reads:

‘The FA has consulted with Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the funeral arrangements of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and sporting fixtures on Saturday 17 April 2021.

‘As a mark of respect, The FA will be recommending that no football fixtures take place between 14:45 and 16:15, a minute’s silence is observed before matches are played and black armbands are worn. All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will also fly at half-mast.

‘The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium will be played as scheduled at 17:30 and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round fixture between Manchester City Women and Aston Villa Women will be brought forward to 12:00 in agreement with both clubs.

‘Fixtures scheduled for 15:00 in the Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round Proper will also be moved and we have asked participating clubs to agree a suitable revised kick off time outside of 14:45 and 16:15. Should clubs not be able to mutually agree on a new kick off time, this shall be determined by The FA.

‘The FA’s thoughts continue to be with Her Majesty the Queen, our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the wider royal family during this difficult time.’