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Chelsea youngsters crowned NextGen Mumbai champions

Chelsea youngster plays in NextGen Cup tournament in Mumbai

Chelsea Under-14s were crowned NextGen Mumbai Champions after a culturally insightful and unbeaten week in India last month.

The youngsters won all five of their fixtures, beating local side Reliance Foundation Youth Champs, as well as Manchester United, Southampton, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC. The Blues scored a total of 14 goals and conceded only once in the opening round of the tournament.

Speaking after lifting the trophy, one of the players, Riley Court, said: ‘I was very pleased. The performances were brilliant, we played very good football and being champions is a very big bonus – I’m very happy that we won.'

The video above hears more from Riley about the team's stay in India.

It wasn’t all football though, as the group from Cobham engaged in cultural activities, educational visits to schools and landmarks and social events with the locals.

‘Firstly we played some Kabaddi against the Indian kids - they were very good', admitted Riley. 'We had to physically put them to the ground. It was very fun and very amusing!

‘We went to visit Indian kids in a school where they made us feel very welcome and sung prayers and songs for us.’

A newly-formed competition set up by the Premier League, Chelsea were delighted to have been participants and only the second-ever NextGen Mumbai Champions.

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