Under-19s aim to make early statement
news Tue 29 Sep 2015
Our Under-19s continue with the defence of their UEFA Youth League crown on Tuesday afternoon when they play Porto away, looking to record a second consecutive win in this season's competition.
Adi Viveash's side take on their Porto counterparts at 1pm at CTFD Training Centre, Porto Gaia, and the manager expects a tough test.
'They’re a very technical team and one of the youngest in the competition,' he tells the official Chelsea website. 'They have some very good technical players who are all very good with the ball.
'It’s a nice challenge; we’ve got a few younger players involved, some of the boys who didn’t make the Maccabi squad have travelled, it’s a good experience for them but the heat will be a big factor.
'It will be interesting because Porto lost to Kiev so they need to win. We’re looking to try to be positive in the game and get three points. It’s nice to have Charlie Colkett back in the squad, that’s a big boost for everybody and hopefully we can get him back on the pitch at some stage.'
The Blues opened their campaign with a 3-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Cobham a fortnight ago, Kasey Palmer scoring a brace and Tammy Abraham adding a third late on.
Viveash explains why being holders presents its own challenges.
'It’s the scalp everyone wants,' he says. 'Barcelona had it last year and found it a step too far. The main priority for us is to qualify from the group, that’s all we’re thinking about.
'If we can get a win today and put six points between ourselves and Porto, that’s a big statement early on in the group.'
There was plenty to be pleased about in the game against Maccabi, but Viveash focused on the defensive aspect when looking back at the match.
'The clean sheet was great,' he says. 'We had a good record last year, we only conceded six, and that’s what we’re going to have to do again.'
You can follow the action from today's game via our official Twitter feed @chelseafc.
Highlights of the game will be available on Chelsea TV and this website.