Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Monday to win 7-1 on aggregate and end the season as FA Youth Cup champions for the fifth time in a row.
It was a seventh title in nine years for the Blues, with our biggest ever victory in a final, and U18 boss Jody Morris reflected afterwards on a performance that lacked a spark before he challenged the players to win in style.
“It was an emphatic victory in the end but it certainly didn’t feel that way at half-time,” he said.
“I was bored in the first half, our tempo was slow and our quality on the ball was lackadaisical. It was almost flat even when we scored and there were too many people on the pitch who took their foot off the gas after that first goal went in so I challenged the boys at half-time to not just crawl over the line but to make a bit of history in style.
“To their credit, the lads were much better in the second half and when Arsenal had to take a few more risks to chase the goals, obviously some gaps appeared that we were able to exploit.”
Morris hailed the work going on in the academy as the Chelsea youth matched the record set by Manchester United under Matt Busby.
“There’s a lot of work that’s gone on at the Academy for years that’s enabled us to do this and we’re all aware of the feat we’ve achieved to win it five times in a row,” continued Morris.
“It means a huge amount. I understand the history of the competition, I played in it myself as a youth team player and I’ve watched friends win it.”