Friday night was a special one for the Blues, as our Under-18s were crowned national league champions, the same day the senior team wrapped up the league.
A win against Reading was all they needed to win the league on the last day of the season, and did they do it in style, as they defeated Reading 3-0.
The victory means our youngsters are league and cup champions for the first time since 1961 and completes a Treble of trophy triumphs this term.
After the game, youth coach Jody Morris reflected on a challenging contest at Cobham and a remarkable season for his young charges.
“It’s been an amazing season for us,” he told the official Chelsea website. “We’ve broken records and won every competition we’ve entered so I couldn’t be prouder of the lads. It was nervy in the game really until we scored and Jamie Cumming has had to do his bit in goal with a couple of important saves but that’s the sign of a top keeper. Once the first goal went in we looked in total control.
“I think they’ve all improved individually but also, as a team, we’ve shown some real improvements, especially off the ball.
“We’ve been tough to play against whether we’re pressing from the front, matching teams physically or dominating with our technical ability. We’ve shown so many different styles to our play throughout the season.
“We’ve had to dig deep in these last few games of the merit league, going down to 10 men against Blackburn and coming from behind, getting big wins away from home against top teams, like at Liverpool just a few days after winning the Youth Cup. That mentality has been our biggest attribute throughout the year and it’s carried us through certain situations.”
Jody Morris went on to pay tribute to the players and admitted that he’s privileged to work with them.
“I’m privileged to be working with this group of players,” he went on. “We’ve had some unbelievable teams and players in our Academy over the years but these boys will go down in history because this season is the best any Chelsea youth team have ever produced.
“It’s a huge team effort, not just the players and staff involved in the Under-18s group this season but for everyone who works in our Academy. The majority of this team have come through our programme since the age of seven so this is a really proud moment for everyone. There are pictures on the wall of them as Under-8s and now they’re completing a Treble-winning season for the Under-18s. It’s an amazing achievement.”