Chelsea U18 side were on fire on a snowy evening in London on Tuesday. The Chelsea youth team defeated Fulham 6-0 to reach a ninth semi-final in nine years.
The first half of the game ended goalless, but Callum Hudson-Odoi sparked an explosion in the second-half as he forced an own goal from Jayden Mundle-Smith to open the scoring, before scoring the second goal. There was also a hatrick from Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Dujon Sterling also registered a goal.
The Blues are yet to concede a goal in this tournament but have scored 19.
The Blues are now through to the semifinals of the competition, and youth team manager Jody Morris was happy with the team’s performance, especially in the second-half.
“First and foremost you have to say it was a good win in difficult conditions because to come away to Fulham and win 6-0 in a quarter-final is an unbelievable scoreline against a good academy,” he told the official Chelsea website after the game.
“It wasn’t just the fact it was freezing cold but there was a bit of an issue with the pitch still being iced over when we arrived.
“There was a bit of flatness in our first-half performance and I think that was because the players were a bit disappointed with the pitch but we still needed to do a lot better. We actually moved the ball quite well but without penetrating or creating enough chances and that was down to some poor decisions when we did get into the final third, but also a lack of urgency to run in behind or make the box.
“We totally controlled the first half even though it was 0-0 – they had one moment when they came towards our goal and Reece James had to get a block in but other than that it was all us. Having said that, we knew our performance was a bit flat and also certain individuals were a little bit flat too so we let them know that at half-time.”