Chelsea legends John Terry and Petr Cech were in attendance as our Under-19s beat Monaco 3-1 in the UEFA Youth League at Cobham last night.
The duo watched on from the sidelines as Joe Edwards’s side progressed to the last 16 of a competition we have enjoyed great success in courtesy of a Charlie Brown brace and a superb free-kick by Conor Gallagher.
For Terry, the current Aston Villa assistant manager, it was the second Chelsea game he had attended in as many days after our former skipper was at Stamford Bridge on Monday night to watch Maurizio Sarri’s side play Manchester United in the FA Cup.
Cech, who announced he will be retiring at the end of this season last month, joined his former Chelsea team-mate at Cobham to watch our youngsters in action, and the pair will have been impressed by what they saw, with our Under-19s scoring three good goals against strong opposition.
Terry and Cech were pivotal performers for the Blues during the most successful period in the club’s history, before departing in 2017 and 2015 respectively.
Together they helped the team win our first top-flight title in 50 years, in 2004/05, before we successfully defended our crown the following season, with both players once again pivotal to our success.
Another Premier League title followed for the pair in 2009/10, part of the first Domestic Double in our history, and they earned three further FA Cup winners’ medals together in 2007, 2009 and 2012.
They were, of course, both there on that famous night in Munich in 2012 when the Blues were crowned champions of Europe after overcoming Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, with Cech’s contribution, which included a penalty save in extra-time and two more in the subsequent shoot-out, integral to our success.