Ahead of our fourth appearance in the UEFA Youth League final tomorrow evening in Switzerland, the official Chelsea website takes a look back at our previous efforts in the Under-19 showpiece.
The Blues have the chance to claim a record third European title when they take on Porto in Switzerland following triumphs in 2015 and 2016. Joe Edwards’s side are also looking to avenge defeat in last term’s final when they were beaten by Barcelona, who they knocked out in Friday’s semi-final.
Shakhtar Donetsk were the opponents in our first Youth League final, the second edition of the competition after its formation in 2013. Adi Viveash’s side took an early lead through Izzy Brown before the Ukrainians levelled half an hour later when Andreas Christensen turned a cross into his own net.
The Blues upped the tempo at the start of the second half and raced into a 3-1 lead. Dominic Solanke nodded in Jeremie Boga’s left-sided cross before Brown fired in a super left-footed finish from 20 yards. Shakhtar grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but the boys stood strong to lift the trophy for the first time.
Collins; Aina, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Dasilva; Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Musonda (Abraham); Brown (c), Solanke, Boga (Palmer)
The Blues were back in the Nyon final a year later, up against a tough opponent in the shape of Paris Saint-Germain, who had knocked out Real Madrid in the semis. Fikayo Tomori handed the holders the lead before goalkeeper Bradley Collins saved a penalty.
An equaliser from the Parisians finally arrived after an hour but Kasey Palmer hit straight back and our youngsters were able to retain Europe’s top junior prize with a 2-1 victory.
Collins; Sterling, Tomori, Clarke-Salter, Aina; Colkett (c), Ali, Palmer (Wakefield); Maddox, Abraham, Scott (Mount)
Barcelona proved a step too far for Edwards’s boys in last season’s competition, with the Catalans much the better team in a one-sided contest. Alejandro Marques bagged a brace either side of the interval before a third late on capped a day that the Blues failed to turn up for. They would have to wait 12 long months to exact revenge.
Cumming; Sterling, Guehi (McEachran), Grant (c); James, Maddox (Lamptey), McCormick, Castillo; St Clair, Hudson-Odoi, Redan (Brown)
A rematch of last season’s semi-final sees Chelsea take on Porto for the 2019 title. The Portuguese side confidently dispatched Hoffenheim 3-0 in their last-four contest on Friday.
It took a penalty shoot-out to separate the sides last season after a 2-2 draw in which Daishawn Redan and Josh Grant netted. Goalkeeper Jamie Cumming produced the match-winning save to send us through 5-4 on spot-kicks. This will be the third season we’ve met after two group-stage draws in 2015/16.
The final takes place at the Colovray Stadium in the Swiss town of Nyon, home to UEFA headquarters, tomorrow (Monday 29 April). Kick-off is at 5pm UK time and the game will be screened live on BT Sport 1.