Chelsea Under-21s secure two wins from two

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Chelsea Under-21s made it two wins out of two against Norwich City in the Barclays U-21 Premier League on Sunday, against an opponent that were simply not up to scratch on the day.

Chelsea continued on from last week’s 2-1 victory against Manchester City to claim three points against the Canaries, and look strong contenders to reign supreme at youth level.

The opening goal of the game came from a long range Jeremie Boga effort, minutes later Dominic Solanke doubled the blues lead with a simple tap in.

Norwich got a goal back shortly after half time with a Lucciano Becchio header, but a Norwich own goal rounded off the scoring, and rounded off a comfortable 3-1 win for Chelsea.

First Half

Chelsea continued their 100% record this season with an emphatic and comfortable victory over Norwich City u21’s at Aldershot Town.

The reigning u21 champions started off in dominant fashion, against a Norwich side that physically and technically couldn’t compete with a Chelsea squad that attacked with speed and skill.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus Cheek used his power and speed to open up the Norwich defence in the early stages, with precise and fluid link up play with Jeremie Boga and Charly Musonda.

Lewis Baker squandered a chance to put Chelsea ahead on the fifth minute, after the midfielder blazed over a free kick 19 yards out.

Norwich hit back with their first attack of the game down the right hand side, with winger Jacob Murphy running at Nathan Ake from all angles, but the experienced Chelsea youngster stood his ground on several occasions.

The opening goal of the game came from impressive forward Jeremie Boga. The forward started a mazy run which eventually led to a 20 yard strike slipping under the hands of Ben Killip.

Chelsea dominance began to show and the midfielder combination of Baker and Loftus Cheek continued overpowering a Norwich team that feared the worse.
Chelsea doubled their lead on the 33rd minute, after a Nathan Ake cross found its way to Dominic Sonlanke who had all the time in the world to strike the ball home.

Second Half

Chelsea started the second half the same way as they finished the first, using fast free flowing football to bamboozle a worried looking Norwich defence.

But it was the Canaries that surprisingly started a fight back, with their first goal of the game coming on the 50th minute. A superb ball from Reece Hall-Johnson saw experienced striker Lucciano Becchio head home form 8 yards out.

All of a sudden there was a spark in the Norwich team, they began to fight where it counted and press a Chelsea defence that hasn’t been pressured all day, you could see this Norwich team came out and meant business.

Chelsea responded with aggressive defending from Christensen and Aina, the central defensive partnership stepped it up a level to counter the ever growing confidence of Becchio.

A foul on Lewis Baker saw the Chelsea midfielder get up and strike the ball into a well prepared Norwich wall, and out for a corner.

The resulting corner saw the third goal for Chelsea, the ball fell to Charlie Colkett who thundered a low strike into the Norwich box, forcing a calamitous own goal.

Despite a more spirited performance from Norwich, it was the Chelsea team that still had control over the game, with Norwich using all 10 outfield players to defend and fight off Chelsea attacks that wouldn't seem to stop.

Jeremie Boga once again was a thorn in Norwich’s side, the lively midfielder dropped off his marker 30 yards out and struck a fierce low shot against the Norwich goalpost.

A better second half for the Canaries couldn’t stop them falling to defeat, with Chelsea coming out with a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

Chelsea U21's manager Adrian Viveash told Chelsea TV after the game: "We started with a 4-2-3-1 with three number 10s and it’s a system we played last year against Wolves with the Under-18s that actually gave us a lot of frustration on that day.

"It can appear very narrow but Nathan Ake gave us good drive down the left and Fankaty grew into the game.

"Dominic got his first Under-21s goal and put in a real number nine performance with great movement and strength. Some of our play in the first half was exceptional and Lewis Baker really drove the game for us in midfield.

"Their midfield usually cause us problems and stifle the game but I thought we did very well in there today."

CHELSEA: Beeney, Dabo, Aina, Christensen, Ake, Baker, Musonda, Loftus-Cheef, Solanke (Mitchell 82”), Boga, Coklett (Kiwomya 63”)

Goal scorers: Boga 30, Solanke 32, O.G 62

Norwich: Killip, Efete. Toffollo, Grant, Fox (Ramsay 64”), Aquah, Murphy, McGeehan, Becchio, King (Kelly 62”), Hall-Johnson (Couzens 75”)

Goal scorer: Becchio 50

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