Chelsea U19 defender Marc Guehi takes zero step run-up for deciding penalty

Marc Guehi took a brave penalty for Chelsea U19's

Taking a penalty in football is not the easiest thing to do.

While it's only 12 yards between the player and the goalkeeper, finding the back of the net can prove difficult for anyone.

Even the great Lionel Messi struggles from the spot from time to time.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard are some of the finest exponents of the art, rarely missing even when placed under extraordinary pressure.

The phrase 'they have ice in their veins from 12 yards' springs to mind and that can certainly be applied to Chelsea's U19 defender Marc Guehi.

In the UEFA Youth League quarter-final shoot-out versus Dinamo Zagreb, the Ivorian-born defender decided to improvise his routine for the deciding penalty - by taking a zero-step run-up!

Don't believe us? Have a look below.

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Shades of Aritz Aduriz's similar effort for Athletic Bilbao, which you can also watch by clicking HERE.

While the penalty wasn't placed to perfection, the Zagreb keeper was simply caught off-guard and could not adjust his feet in time.

Chelsea will now meet Barcelona in the semi-final of the Youth League, with the Blues winning the competition back in 2015 and 2016.

Barca have also won the tournament twice themselves, with the two teams representing some of the finest youth setups in world football.

Guehi with England U19

It's all set up to be mouth-watering tie and Chelsea's success in the Youth League once again raises the issue of the lack of young players making it into the Blues' senior side.

If they ever need a penalty taker to succeed Hazard, Guehi might be their man...

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