Chelsea Under-19s prepare for the visit of Ajax in Group H of the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon.
Ahead of another big European contest for our youngsters, here’s everything you need to know prior to the visit of our Dutch counterparts...
When and where
The Blues welcome Ajax to Cobham for the first reverse fixture of this competition. Kick-off is 3pm UK time.
The development squad returned to the summit of Premier League 2 with a battling display to overcome Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Midfielder Jon Russell notched his second in a week, while forward Armando Broja scored his first goal of the league campaign to seal the points.
Marc Guehi appeared for the development squad on Saturday afternoon having started two of the three fixtures in this competition, Andy Myers will hope to have his captain available for tomrrow's fixture. However Myers will be without defender Ian Maatsen who is currently at the Under-17 World Cup with the Netherlands who qualified after the 4-0 win over USA on Saturday night.
Last time out in UYL
The Under-19s snatched their first win in the UEFA Youth League against today’s opponents last time out. Thierno Ballo’s second-minute header meant the Blues had to defend their lead to take the important points home.
From the dressing room
Forward Armando Broja is looking forward to the Blues’ UEFA Youth League tie against Ajax and believes it’s an honour to be involved in the competition this season.
‘It’s a difficult and different competition from what we’re used to at Under-18s and Under-23s level’, said Broja. 'When we are with the Under-19s, we're facing teams that are at the top in Europe and some are top in the world. The two age groups come together and mix so when I’m picked to play in the team, it’s a big honour for me.’
It’s the first European fixture at Cobham since the competition opener against Valencia back in September and the Albania Under-21 international is relishing the opportunity to play in front of a more familiar crowd.
‘When we play at Cobham, we’ve got even more support,' Broja explained. 'It’s like having the whole family on your side and it’s a different environment to when you’re playing away. I hope we put on a show in today's game.’
Ballo’s early goal was the difference between the sides last time out and, although Broja believes our Dutch counterparts will look to right their wrongs, he knows Chelsea will aim to better them in order to get a positive result.
‘Last time we played Ajax we did well and got an early goal – we fought on for the rest of the game and defended well,' he continued. 'Coming into the game, they are going to come here and really go for it but we are going to match them and aim to do better so I think it will be a really good game.’
A first PL2 goal for the 18-year-old at the weekend in our table-topping victory over Blackburn leaves him brimming with confidence but hungry to get on the scoresheet even more.
How things stand in Group H
Victory could see the Blues rise to the top of the Youth League table, depending on results elsewhere, while a draw would see standings remain the same.
How to follow
Supporters can watch the tie live on BT Sport 2 at 3pm UK time. Unfortunately, spectators are not admitted to matches at Cobham.
We will also have updates and team news via our official @chelseafc Twitter.