Blues beaten at this stage for a second successive season
It was heartbreak in the UEFA Youth League final for the second year running as Chelsea Under-19s lost 3-1 to their Porto counterparts in Nyon, Switzerland earlier.
Head Coach Joe Edwards named an unchanged line-up for our second game in four days in Switzerland, opting for Daishawn Redan to lead the attack and continuing with a 3-4-2-1 shape, with Luke McCormick and Conor Gallagher offering the advanced forward support from midfield.
And the young Blues got off to a strong start but failed to capitalise on two golden opportunities created by Tariq Lamptey, with both Gallagher and McCormick missing carbon copy chances.
Unfortunately, Porto wouldn’t make the same mistake and took the lead (17), with Mor Ndiaye playing a great low cross into the box, with Fabio Vieira unmarked at the back post to tap home for the Portuguese side.
Porto had chances to increase their lead throughout the rest of the first-half, but Chelsea hung on to keep the scoreline down to a single-goal deficit at half-team.
After the interval, Chelsea sparked into life and got (at the time) the crucial equaliser (53), with Castillo whipping in a brilliant cross and Redan was able to get in-front of the on-coming Diogo Costa to steal the ball and head into the empty net.
The match didn’t stay level for long though as Porto quickly re-took the lead (55) through a very fortunate goal, with Karlo Ziger saving from Joao Mario with the rebound ricocheting off Diogo Quieros before bouncing over the line.
It was a hammer blow for Blues and one they wasn’t able to recover from.
Chelsea started to leave a lot open space as they chased the second equaliser and Porto pounced on the counter-attack and scored their third and final goal, with Romario Baro’s clever backheel finding Afonso Sousa, who’s strike managed to get past Ziger via some questionable goalkeeping.
Edwards chucked on Faustino Anjorin and the tournament’s leading goalscorer Charlie Brown in the final quarter of the game but it proved to be in vain as Porto claimed their first UEFA Youth League triumph, with Chelsea suffering final heartbreak for the second consecutive season.
Possession (%) – Porto 48%, Chelsea 52%
Shots – Porto 15, Chelsea 12
Shots on Target – Porto 10, Chelsea 4
Corners – Porto 6, Chelsea 12
Fouls – Porto 17, Chelsea 16
Offsides – Porto 0, Chelsea 1
Yellow/Red Cards – Porto 3/0, Chelsea 2/0
(Bonus Stat) 4 – Chelsea U19s made their fourth final in six years.
• Started off strongly, but failed to capitalise whilst on top throughout.
• Porto very fortunate with two of their goals.
• The U19s will have a chance to get revenge next season if the mens first-team finish in the Premier League top 4.
• Gilmour & Familio-Castillo the standout players, have the best chance to make into the first-team in the future.
Chelsea Player/Manager Ratings
Karlo Ziger – 6
Tariq Lamptey – 6
Joseph Colley – 6
Marc Guehi – 6
Ian Maatsen – 6, Booked.
George McEachran – 7
Conor Gallagher – 6
Billy Gilmour – 8, MOTM.
Daishawn Redan – 7
Luke McCormick – 7, Booked.
Juan Familio-Castillo – 7
Faustino Anjorin (76′ for Gallagher) – 5
Charlie Brown (76′ for Lamptey) – 5
Joe Edwards – 7