The development squad are in Premier League 2 action for the final time in 2019 this afternoon when they take on Liverpool at their Kirkby Academy, kick-off 3pm.
Ahead of this afternoon’s game in Liverpool, the PL2 table reads well for Chelsea, who are the only team yet to have been defeated. Striker Charlie Brown puts it down to the team spirit in Andy Myers’s camp.
‘The main thing in the group is the team spirit, everyone is so close’, Brown told the official Chelsea website. ‘We’ve shown great character when we have been behind and we’ve come back to either win or draw. There’s just a winning feeling in the camp and that shows in the games.’
Today’s hosts Liverpool twice claimed victory over the Blues last season but Brown believes this is a game his team can win.
‘Liverpool are a dangerous team’, he said. They’ve got a lot of quality players but I think on our day we can beat them and we will go out there feeling it’s a game we can win.
‘The scorelines last season definitely didn’t reflect the games, we didn’t get dominated and we easily could’ve won both of those games.'
The development squad have been excellent this season - five draws and six wins has Myers’s men on 23 points in PL2, the best goal difference tally and the second-best defence in the league.
A win would see the Blues top the table over the Christmas period but Brown admits there was slight uncertainty about what to expect of the campaign prior to its start in August.
‘It’s been a really good start’, he expressed. ‘We are sitting at the top of the league now and a win will ensure that we’ll be there over Christmas. Coming back after Christmas we can kick on knowing we’re top of the league and it will just leave a good vibe around the camp.
‘At the start of the season I think everyone was slightly unsure and didn’t know what to expect but after the first two or three games – one of which was a Leasing.com Trophy game – you could see the fight, how everyone worked for each other and the togetherness, which I think has taken us a long way.'
The 20-year-old has notched three goals and added three assists in the league campaign so far this term and admits he is pleased with his contribution to the team.
‘I’ve been pleased, I’m happy to be playing all the games and contributing to all of the games with the goals and assists. I’d like to have more goals but I believe they will start to come,’ he added.
‘I’m loving being involved, every footballer wants to be starting and playing full games. I feel fit, fresh and ready to go against Liverpool.'
With the Blues exiting the Leasing.com Trophy and UEFA Youth League in recent weeks, the domestic league campaign is now the sole focus but Brown sees the positives in the situation.
‘It doesn’t change too much, every game we go into we want to win so that feeling is still there. There’s just more incentive to play well because we want to win this league competition this year,’ he said.
Liverpool versus Chelsea in PL2 kicks off at 3pm today (Saturday) at the Kirkby Academy.
Meanwhile, next week sees the return of the FA Youth Cup as our Under-18s begin their quest to reclaim the trophy they lifted in five of the past six seasons. Huddersfield Town are the visitors to Kingsmeadow next Wednesday 18 December for a 7pm kick-off and supporters can purchase tickets online now priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Supporters should note that there are no cash turnstiles at Kingsmeadow and all tickets purchased on the night must be bought from the ticket office. Therefore, to avoid queues and delays, it is recommended to buy online in advance and choose to collect the tickets on the day.