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Chelsea U19 side reached the UEFA Youth League final last season but were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona, and the young Blues reached the final again this season, but lost out to Porto U19 side 3-1.
Chelsea U19s avenged last year’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona with a penalty shootout win over the Spanish side in the semifinal on Friday.
Joe Edwards named an unchanged line-up for our second game in four days in Switzerland, opting for Redan to lead the attack and continuing with a 3-4-2-1 shape, with McCormick and Gallagher offering the advanced forward support from midfield.
Chelsea started the final brightly, but it was Porto who took the lead just after the quarter-hour mark through Fabio Vieira, while we had good chances in the first half through Luke McCormick and Conor Gallagher.
Chelsea came out for the second half reinvigorated, and the young Blues quickly equalised when Daishawn Redan headed in a cross from countryman Juan Castillo.
However, Chelsea’s equaliser didn’t last long as Porto restored their advantage two minutes after when Diogo Queiros bundled the ball over the line from close range and a third goal from substitute Afonso Sousa effectively put the final beyond us with 15 minutes remaining, with Chelsea losing 3-1 in the final of the UEFA Youth League.
This was Chelsea’s fourth appearance (and second loss) in the final of the competition that’s only six years old — and Chelsea were not in it three years ago, despite being defending champions, but the rules have been changed now as defending champions must defend their title the following season.
Chelsea youth side will hope that the senior team qualify for the Champions League next season so they can also feature in the competition.