Chelsea Under-18s defeated Tottenham Hotspur youth side 9-2 on aggregate in the semifinal of the FA Youth Cup during the weekend to send the young Blues to the sixth successive FA Youth Cup final.
Under-18s manager Jody Morris was delighted with the lads, as they beat Spurs 7-1 in the second leg of the fixture at Stamford Bridge.
After the game, Morris reflected on a beautiful win over our London rivals. He said: “I felt before the game that we might not have to play as well as we did in the first leg to get chances because Tottenham were always going to have to commit bodies forward. I was probably more pleased with our performance at White Hart Lane and we set a good standard for ourselves in that game.
“We were a little sloppy in areas tonight but when you work as hard as we do off the ball, pressing high to try to win it back, we will always get chances for ourselves from that side of the game. It could have been double figures but you can’t argue with a 7-1 scoreline against Tottenham and I’m extremely proud of the boys.”
The Blues will likely face a third successive final against Manchester City, who lead 6-0 following the first leg of their own semi-final against Stoke City, and Morris knows his team will have to be on their best to be crowned champions.
Speaking on his team selection for that game, he said: “We’ve got a lot of players missing who are in extremely good form and that’s the toughest part of the job, picking a 16-man squad let alone a starting 11. I like to make changes because I think it keeps people fresh but I also want to play people who are in good form, whether it’s in the Youth Cup or a league game.
“The boys have got better and better as the season has gone on and hopefully that stands us in good stead for the final, as well as the Under-18 Premier League which we have six more games in. This competition gets all the hype and prestige but we haven’t just focused on one tournament or had one group of players involved all the time and I think that’s a big part of why we’ve improved as a team.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 18, 2017