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Champions of Europe: Chelsea U19 defend UEFA Youth League title!

Palmer celebrates his winning goal
Palmer celebrates his winning goal
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It was not nearly as comfortable as last season's 3-2 win in the final against Shakhtar Donetsk, but Chelsea U19 have done it again and won a second consecutive UEFA Youth League title.  UEFA's youth equivalent of the Champions League is in its third year and Chelsea have now won the last two.  Well done, the boys and head coach Adi Viveash!

Goalkeeper Brad Collins, defender Fikayo Tomori, and midfielder Kasey Palmer were perhaps the three stars for Chelsea on the night.  Tomori opened the scoring in the 10th minute, reacting fastest to the rebound from Jake Clarke-Salter's header.

A few minutes later it was Tomori who was rather harshly blown up for a foul inside the area, but Brad Collins made the save to preserve Cheslea's 1-0 half-time advantage.  PSG poured forward in the second half and did grab an equalizer, but Chelsea were back ahead not two minutes later, Palmer racing onto to Mukhtar Ali's through ball and finishing with aplomb over the goalkeeper.

And then it was all hands to the pump at the back as PSG laid siege.  A few massive scrambles, key saves, and close calls later, the trophy was ours once again.

What a game!  What a team!  Blue is the color of Europe's best youth!

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