Young Blues striving for glory – yet again

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The FA Youth Cup match on Wednesday night is a chance for fans to see Chelsea stars of the future, including Ike Ugbo. PICTURE: ACTION IMAGES

Chelsea's youth team will be battling to lift their fourth consecutive FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

And for the third season in a row it is Manchester City who stand between them and the trophy.

The young Blues will face their old foe in the Stamford Bridge second leg, which kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday (26 April).

A well-attended first leg at Manchester City's Etihad Campus academy stadium on Tuesday saw Chelsea take the lead through Ike Ugbo, during a dominant first half performance. But City edged it after the break, and equalised through Phil Foden.

Away goals carry no additional weight in the FA Youth Cup and, should things still be all square after 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, the tie will be decided by extra time and – potentially – penalties.

In last year's final Chelsea dispatched City 4-2 on aggregate, with the scoreline being 5-2 the season before.

Stamford Bridge will operate with a reduced capacity for the game, and tickets are just £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

The match is a chance for fans to see the stars of the future, and previous FA Youth Cup finals involving Chelsea have featured players such as present first team squad members Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek; as well as Andreas Christensen – who has impressed in the Bundesliga while on loan to Borissia Monchengladbach.

For more details on how to watch the Jody Morris-managed side attempt to create history, visit here.

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