UNDER 21S READY FOR SATURDAY BRIDGE DATE
Our Under 21s play their second league match of the new-format's season tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Manager Dermot Drummy hopes for a good crowd at Stamford Bridge.
Tickets for the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers must be bought before noon on Saturday. The game, which kicks-off at 4.05pm, is live on Chelsea TV.
The young Blues side drew 0-0 against Manchester City in their opening match, held at Brentford's Griffin Park, but the regulations for the reshaped reserve competition means there will be games at each club's main stadium, and tomorrow is one of those.
'It is a fantastic experience for the boys to play at Stamford Bridge,' says Drummy.
'The atmosphere at Brentford when we played Man City really had the players buzzing and it will be great if we have a good crowd at the Bridge. With the first team playing Friday, it is a chance to see some Saturday football.
'We have had great crowds in the Youth Cup at the Bridge and it takes it to the next level if we get some vocal support.'
The Chelsea team will be the majority of the Under 19s side that played in the NextGen competition on Tuesday night although since then Nathaniel Chalobah and Thorgan Hazard have both gone out on loan
Midfielders Billy Clifford and George Saville, too old for the Under-19s, will come back in. Jamal Blackman returns in goal and left-back Aziz-Deen Conteh is fit after injury.
'We have some quite experienced young players plus some younger bright talents I want to give some game time to if we can,' says Drummy.
'The Under 19s were some of our more inexperienced players but that was great for them, playing against CSKA Moscow this week.'
The schedule that sees a weekend game follow a midweek outing is rare for young players who only usually encounter that when the Youth Cup is going later in the season, or when there is a fixture backlog in the final weeks. It is good schooling for a professional career.
'The Youth Cup doesn't come around enough and if we are taking the boys to the next step, the demands on them to train and play and recover should be very close to the first team demands,' says Drummy.
'We train hard and the boys are in phase two of the pre-season now which means they will work double sessions three days a week on various components of their individual game. So they work very hard, they don't go home early, and they are very conscientious because they want to progress in their careers.'
Please note: Tickets (priced at £5 for adults and £3 for juniors/seniors) will be sold in person only at the box office until noon on Saturday. Customers should note that no tickets will be sold after that time.
Disabled supporters should contact the disability department to purchase tickets.
All supporters will need to purchase a ticket to gain entry.
All ticket sales are subject to availability.