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Chelsea youth team defeated Leicester City youth team to reach the semifinals of the FA Youth Cup for the eighth time in a row.

U18 coach Jody Morris reflected on the difficult game which ended 1-1 in Chelsea’s favour.

“We made it a little bit harder than it should have been,” admitted Morris. “We always knew it was going to be physical; they were good at winning second balls and aerial battles. I thought they were very organised but we were a bit sloppy and fell into the trap of not getting into our rhythm.

“They took their time whenever the ball went out of play and it was hard for our boys but when the opportunities did arise with some decent passages of play, our quality let us down, which has not been the case in many games this season. We weren’t patient enough in terms of moving the ball around and waiting for better opportunities to hurt them but I can understand our frustrations because I’ve played in games like that myself where it’s hard to get your flow.

He then hailed the team for putting up a dominant display, although the game was difficult.

“It wasn’t our best performance. We weren’t as fluid or expansive as we’d have liked but at the same we dominated both halves, it’s another clean sheet and we’re yet to concede in the competition,” Morris said.

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