February 22 2013
After their magnificent NextGen series win over Barcelona on Wednesday night in the Mini Estadi, the U19s were rewarded with a home-tie against either Juventus or Rosenborg in the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series competition in the draw made this morning. Juventus are home to Rosenborg on Thursday 7th March 2013.
The first-team can learn an awful lot from these boys. They play without fear, they are courageous, determined and these qualities stood out in the second-half after schoolboy Connor Hunte was shown a straight red.
Not only do these boys represent Chelsea at U19 level, they are also U18 regulars, some have played for the U21s and not forgetting some are 2012 FA Youth Cup winners.
Because of the owner and the board’s greedy instant success policy, I fear that most of these boys will go the way of the others that have passed through Cobham Halls – either on loan then let go, or just plain simple let go.
The owner has invested millions in the Academy facilities at Cobham making Cobham one of the best academies in Europe if not the World, but slowly and surely, Chelsea are becoming a youth feeder for other clubs – currently there are over 20 players out on loan this season who for the majority of them will not see the first team dressing room, let alone a first-team shirt (other than admiring one in the megastore).
Thanks to Eden Hazard’s pearler of a shot deep into stoppage-time, Chelsea did not have to go through the perils of extra-time and the possibility of a penalty shoot-out, with Man City so close on the horizon.
WE DON’T WIN PENALTY SHOOT-OUTS……. ED
OH YES WE DO!!
CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE, WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE.
Sadly as I have said before the title of Champions of Europe has become a tight noose around the club’s neck, what with all that has happened on the pitch and off.
Under fatty, he is making us look like chumps, rather than champs what with all his rotation policy and negative tactics.
So much for the expansive football.
For all the goals Chelsea have scored this season, I bet Chelsea have missed four or five times that amount and last night (possibly his best for chances) Torres had four and was unable to convert any of them.
Although Torres hasn’t scored in a dozen or so games, he has got 15 this season – strike rate of 1 in 3 – which people seem to forget.
I am not sticking up for the bloke, I genuinely feel sorry for him and I have seen worse ‘strikers’ than him wearing the No.9 shirt.
Perhaps the famous No.9 shirt has become a little confused, I mean, what club gives the shirt to a defender and a midfielder (Boulahrouz and Sidwell)?
Perhaps the No.9 shirt has turned itself upside down and thinks it’s a No.6.
Unless Torres’ fortunes dramatically improve between now and the end of the season, perhaps Summer could be time for Chelsea to cut their losses and put the poor bloke out of his misery and let him leave.
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Mata, Oscar (Hazard 67), Torres.
Goal: Hazard 90
Booked: Bertrand 85
Sparta Prague: Vaclik, Zapotocny, Svejdik, Holek, Hybs, Matejovsky (c), Vacha, Prikryl, Kadlec (Bednar 90), Krejci, Lafata (Kweuke 82)
Goal: Lafata 16
Booked: Lafata 43, Hybs 55, Prikryl 84, Matejovsky 87, Kwueke 90
NEXT UP: Man City (a), Sunday 23rd February 2013, k.o. 1.30pm