We hit seven goals without reply in last night’s Youth Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, securing a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Tino Anjorin contributed to two of the goals, assisting Ian Maatsen’s opener before getting on the scoresheet himself after displaying high-quality technique to find the net through the tightest of gaps inside the box.
After the full-time celebrations, the competition captain spoke of his delight with the performance, highlighting the result in particular.
‘We’re all delighted with the performance and the result especially’, he told the official Chelsea website. ‘It puts out a massive statement to all the other clubs still left in the competition that we are serious about this and we are here to win it.
‘It’s something that we’ve been asked to do [be ruthless] across the Academy as a whole. We haven’t been ruthless enough in front of goal - to be able to apply that tonight was a good feeling. It knocked the opposition down as well because they had the penalty miss and got punished for it.
'That’s what happens at the top level, you get punished for the chances you miss.’
Blues goalkeeper Jake Askew did well to stay on his feet and catch Theo Corbeanu’s Panenka from the spot on 20 minutes and Anjorin believes it proved to be a decisive moment, so early on in the game.
‘I think it gave us the kick that we needed to push on,’ he said. ‘We started off quite slow and then Jake showed good reactions for the penalty then it gave us all a kick. We pushed on from there and didn’t look back.’
The 18-year-old got on the scoresheet himself five minutes before the break and talks through his strike, admitting that he wanted his team wanted to reach double figures in the competition for the first time since the 1967/68 campaign.
‘I saw it open up – at first I tried to play in Armando [Broja] but the ball came back to me and I saw the space in the corner of my eye, so I turned past one player and went in-between another two and just reversed the ball to finish it off,' he described vividly.
‘We actually wanted double figures because that’s the Chelsea mentality, to push and never ease up. The message from Ed [Brand, Under-18s manager] at half-time was to keep fighting and keep on going. Even though it took us a few minutes in the second half, we did that.’
The Blues are yet to concede a goal in the Youth Cup this season and have kept 10 clean sheets in the last 12 outings stretching over the past three seasons. Anjorin credits the togetherness in the squad for the good results this term.
‘The defence have been fantastic but all-round we’ve been good,’ he expressed. ‘We've scored over four in every game but to have kept three clean sheets as well just shows the togetherness in the team. The good work in defence pushes the attackers and it works both ways. It’s a good mix that we’ve got.'
The Under-18s will face Millwall at Stamford Bridge in the next round as they look to reclaim the trophy that has been theirs in five of the past six seasons. A date and time for the quarter-final will be confirmed on this website in due course. Meanwhile Ed Brand will take his team to Stoke on Saturday morning to play for a place in the Premier League Cup final, kick-off at Clayton Wood is 11am.