Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Wolves, Millwall and Manchester United have all been vanquished by Ed Brand's boys on the route to tonight's FA Youth Cup final, a game you can watch live tonight on BT Sport, kick-off 7.30pm.
For the 13th time, Chelsea Under-18s have reached the final of the FA Youth Cup and now we take on familiar opponents in the form of Manchester City in a bid to claim a record-equalling 10th trophy triumph.
At this stage we have scored 18 goals in five games without conceding and here, as we continue our build-up to the final, we take a look back at how we have reached this stage once again...
Third round - Chelsea 4 Huddersfield 0
We got off to the perfect start in our competition opener way back in December at Kingsmeadow. Armando Broja, now on loan and scoring at Vitesse, netted within the first minute to get the 2019/20 campaign underway in super style.
Myles Peart-Harris added a second for the Blues 20 minutes later before Broja netted twice more to wrap up his hat-trick. It was a welcome start to the campaign, which boss Ed Brand described as 'a pleasing night’, even though he felt his team could have scored more on the night.
Fourth round - Chelsea 5 Bradford City 0
The next round drew us against Bradford and striker Broja picked up where he left off, netting within the first 10 minutes of the game. Once that early goal went in, it looked likely to be a similar showing to that of the previous round and so it turned out to be.
Marcel Lewis opened his Youth Cup account with a brace, which came either side of Henry Lawrence’s first in the competition at the end of a neat move. The night was rounded off by Thierno Ballo, who added a fifth for Chelsea after being introduced from the bench. Passage into the fifth round had been safely secured and more established opposition awaited in the form of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Fifth round - Chelsea 7 Wolves 0
Wolves posed a step up in opposition and that was evident as a penalty in the opening 20 minutes almost gifted the visitors the chance to be the first team to score against us in the competition. Our keeper Jake Askew had other ideas though and made the save which kick-started our fifth round tie into life.
Ian Maatsen opened his Youth Cup account on 25 minutes and unlocked the floodgates for others to follow. Lewis netted another brace, one goal either side of Tino Anjorin’s excellent solo strike, and he competed his hat-trick on 78 minutes, bringing his competition tally to five goals.
Newly-introduced Peart-Harris hit Wolves for six nine minutes from time and midfielder Xavier Simons made it seven not long after. It was our joint-biggest Youth Cup win since the 1997/98 season, matching the result recorded against West Brom in 2017.
Quarter-final - Chelsea 1 Millwall 0
Our first outing of the run at Stamford Bridge, and the first opportunity for many of the boys to play at the stadium, saw the Blues handed a tasty quarter-final tie against London rivals Millwall. The visitors travelled with 1,000 supporters backing them from the Shed Lower proved stern opponents, restricting the young Blues to shots from distance.
Broja thought he had broken the deadlock in the first half with an overhead kick but was deemed to have fouled an opponent in the process. It didn’t dampen his spirits though and the Albanian soon latched on to Lewis Bate’s free-kick in the second period to coolly find the net in legal fashion. Although the visitors limited us to just the one goal, our defence remained largely untroubled and we took a +17 goal difference into the semi-final.
Little did any of us know at the time that we were weeks away from a national lockdown and that the Youth Cup would not resume for another eight months.
Semi-final - Chelsea 1 Man United 0
The delayed campaign resumed at St George's Park last Friday as Brand's boys took on Manchester United in a meeting of the two most successful sides in the competition's history. The Blues came flying out of the blocks with an aggressive, all-action start but couldn't find the breakthrough goal their efforts merited, with Tino Livramento's header against the crossbar our closest moment to an opener.
United hit the woodwork themselves in the first half and our goalkeeper, Lucas Bergstrom, had significant saves to make, though it was Bryan Fiabema's goal early after the restart that settled a hard-fought contest. The teenager from Tromso fired an expert finish high into the roof of the net from Livramento's low delivery to send Chelsea into an eighth final in the past nine years.
Final - Chelsea vs Man City
What will happen when the Blues of London and Manchester meet in Staffordshire this evening? Chelsea have the head-to-head advantage, having won three of our four meetings in the Youth Cup, which have all come at the final stage.
City will be looking for revenge for our three triumphs in a row between 2015 and 2017, while we are aiming to match Man United's record 10-trophy haul.
You can watch the action unfold live on BT Sport tonight (Monday), kick-off 7.30pm. There will also be coverage on our @chelseafc Twitter account and highlights here not long after the final whistle.