Chelsea Under-21s take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Lamex Stadium this evening in the Premier League 2 with kick-off scheduled for 7pm, and ahead of the game we hear from two new Blues already making an impression...
Mark Robinson's team come into this one in good form as they are unbeaten in three games in all competitions, scoring a total of eight goals.
Alex Matos and Jimmy-Jay Morgan have settled into life at Chelsea well, featuring for our Under-21s consistently and impacting the team positively. Both have their sights set on establishing themselves in the Academy so they can do great things.
Striker Morgan has already been in the goals this season, netting three times in six Under-21 appearances in all competitions. He reflected on his start to the season.
'It was tough at first to settle because of my injury but I did not let that affect me too much. The boys also made me feel so welcome, I could not complain at all.'
He continued, 'When I scored my first Chelsea goal, it was a massive relief as that gave me the confidence to continue being a goal contributor in the team.'
Matos is another one of our boys who is enjoying a good start to his first season in the Academy and he echoed a lot of Jimmy-Jay's thoughts.
'I too thought it was tough to settle in at first as you come here with big expectations and then you have to perform instantly with so many good players around you,' Matos said.
'Nevertheless, I always believe in myself and my ability. The number one thing that continues to drive me is that I love to work hard. Anyone that knows me will tell you that is what I love to do.'
Both have played a majority of the Under-21s fixtures and Alex has also featured on the bench for the senior team on a few occasions.
'I am happy that I am getting recognised for my hard work,' said Alex. 'The work does not stop there though as this is only the beginning. One thing you notice about the first team is their minds are sharp and they have great mentalities.'
Morgan also spoke about having a stronger mentality now, especially after overcoming injury.
'I have come to a great club with a lot of history and a lot of massive players. I want to build a mentality like some of the greats and hopefully that helps me to achieve my goals at the football club.'
Spurs currently sit top of the PL2 with five wins from five games, scoring 17 goals in the process and only conceding one.
Their last game was a comfortable 2-0 win against Stoke City in which they controlled most of the game.
Last time out in the PL2, Josh Brooking's late run and goal gave us a 2-1 win over Manchester City.
It was a winning goal that we deserved after creating the better chances, and our young Blues were jubilant and full of confidence following the win.
In our Under-21s' last game in all competitions, they needed a penalty shoot-out to gain an extra point against Northampton after a 2-2 draw in normal time.