CHELSEA MANAGER REACTS TO THE U18S 7-0 WIN AGAINST BIRMINGHAM

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Chelsea youth team have the opportunity to secure a record-equalling fifth straight FA Youth Cup triumph in flawless fashion after a 4-0 victory over Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge completed a 7-0 aggregate win.

Chelsea are through to the finals of the FA Youth Cup, booking their place in a record seventh consecutive final.

After the game, youth team boss Jody Morris praised the team’s professional performance, but insisted there was still some room for improvement.

“I will always have a little moan because it would have been nice to score more goals for the amount of possession we had,” he told the official Chelsea website.

“I thought we played better stuff than the first leg last week, when we were a bit frustrated with the fact we were just passing around with no purpose.

“We were unlucky to hit the woodwork a few times but we had some excellent passages of play, some really nice interchanges and quick one-touch passing.”

“The boys deserve a lot of credit,” he added. “Of course, myself and Ed [Brand, Under-18s assistant] have been on at them for days because it’s our job to give them all the warning signs but at the same time it’s not easy to play against a team when you’re 3-0 up but they’ve still got everyone behind the ball and are sitting back deep. It can be frustrating but I felt we dealt with it really well, carved them open at times and controlled the game.

“George McEachran was great in the deeper midfield role alongside Billy Gilmour and they controlled the tempo for us. We said beforehand that we wanted to leave the ground with a good taste in our mouths ahead of the final and send the fans home having been entertained and wanting to come back for the final. Hopefully we did that.”

Chelsea could play Arsenal or Blackpool in the finals.

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