Academy: League form stutters but cup progress

This weeks Academy action was a real mixed bag with 3 games in quick succession at U18's, U19's and U21's level it is a group of...

This weeks Academy action was a real mixed bag with 3 games in quick succession at U18's, U19's and U21's level it is a group of players that has been spread very thin, not to mention the U21's being affected by international call ups for some of the players.

The U18's kicked things off at Cobham on Saturday with a game against Everton, the team was picked with the following days NextGen game in mind and that meant a young squad and inclusions for some fringe players within the squad. The game finished 1 - 0 to Everton in the end, Chelsea just not able to do enough to get something out of the game.

Next up was the much anticipated Quarter Final against Juventus and the game most certainly did not disappoint. The first half of the game was totally dominated by Chelsea. The quick passing and pressing was something that the Juventus youngsters just could  not cope with. The deadlock was broken by the ever excellent Lewis Baker who rifled a shot into the top corner from outside the box giving the keeper absolutely no chance. The second came soon after, Alex Kiwomya racing on to a ball through, beat the keeper to it and slotted it nicely home. Chelsea should have made their domination count for more in the first half but they didn't and Juventus came out in the second half and really had a go. Their hopes of bringing things back came from a free kicked which was whipped into a dangerous area and a glancing header was enough to take it past Blackman.

As Juventus kept pushing forward Chelsea eventually punished Juventus on the break, substitute Colkett played Kiwomya through out wide who spotted Feruz racing through and picked him out perfectly and Feruz stuck it well past the keeper and made things a lot more comfortable. The young blues were not done yet however and they really put the cherry on the cake with some lovely football. Good work by Feruz saw the ball fall to Colkett again who played a super flick over the defenders for the run of Lewis Baker and Baker finished with perfection to cap off what was truly a great performance, highlights of which are here:

That victory has earned Chelsea a Semi Final date with either Arsenal or group opponents CSKA Moscow, the Semi Final, Final and 3rd/4th play off fixtures will be played over the Easter weekend at lake Como. Hopefully it will be another trophy the youngsters can add to their cabinet.

The action was not finished here however as there was still action on Tuesday for the U21's away to Middlesbrough. Lack of depth meant that a number of players who were playing on Sunday also started this game and there were debuts for youngsters Dabo, Ssewankambo and Gnahore. It proved to be a difficult night with few chances created for Chelsea and they eventually went down to a 2 - 0 defeat. But it will have been a very good experience for a lot of these young players playing at a stadium and playing against opposition stronger than them, they did give it a good go but Boro were just too strong in the end and took their chances. Highlights here:

The first leg date of our FA Youth Cup Semi Final has also been set, it will be played on Friday 12th April at Anfield, it will surely be a cracking game and it seems that Raheem Sterling may play that game for Liverpool. So that is a date to include in your footballing diary, the return leg at the Bridge has also now been confirmed as being played on Friday 19th April.

This weeks action will see the U18's looking to improve on recent results of 3 straight defeats away to Bolton Wanderers. There is no U21's fixture this week but of course there is the Semi Final of the NextGen series on Friday.
Find your Chelsea tickets at Viagogo!

Carefree & KTBFFH!


N'Golo Kante better than Claude Makelele?

Looking to bet on football? then why not check out for the latest football specials and sign-up bonuses
For the best FREE BETS & hottest sign-up offers; Best Betting Sites UK is the site to visit
Have a break from the footy & play the latest online slots @ You could get lucky!
Check out for the best new football betting offers around.
Chelsea to win the title? Find out what the bookies are offering at your newest online betting site



Google +

The Football Blog Network

If in a hunt for a proper bookie, check out this betting site for proper comparison and ratings.
For all the best free bet promo codes head over to Betting Code
Make sure you get one of these great betting offers for the next Chelsea game.
Get the best online free bets at Max Free Bets
Betting on Chelsea? Make sure you’re singed up to the best betting websites to get the most for your money.
High roller players from the United Kingdom choose the recommended Luxury Casino Mobile with VIP deposit bonuses and high comp points.
To compare free bets for betting on Chelsea visit
Learn everything you might need to know about the best bingo sites at in order to play wisely.
Complete list of all free bets in the UK where you can gamble for free but win real money.
You can also check some sport news at bestinau - the local and global news.
Take a look at the best gambling websites for betting on the football.
Chelsea fans, check out, the most comprehensive guide to all online betting offers on the web!