Chelsea have won the UEFA Youth league title after defeating PSG in the finals with Casey Palmer scoring the winner in the second half.
The young Blues did what their senior ones couldn’t.Palmer usually scores rockets and screamers, but this one was a little more basic. His shot just had enough velocity on it to spin past goalkeeper Remy Descamps and cross the line, but it settled the game and confirmed Chelsea’s status as Europe’s premier academy.Having become the first English club to lift this trophy 12 months ago, Chelsea were in no mood to surrender their crown and started with positivity at a rain-soaked Stade Colovray.Great credit should go to coach Adi Viveash and his staff, once again forging together a diverse collection of prodigies into a wonderfully effective and watchable team.It was more affirmation of the immense talent currently in Chelsea’s academy and we can only hope at least a few get a first-team shot like John Terry, watching on, did all those years ago.seven minutes, Jacob Maddox split the PSG defence asunder and as Mukhtar Ali raced clear, it looked for all the world like he would score.But, apparently overcome with selflessness, he attempted to square it left to Tammy Abraham who wasn’t expecting his largesse and allowed a defender to catch him up and clear.Palmer attempted the 25-yard spectacular, only to be denied by a superb reaction save by Deschamps.
Chelsea were in control and the breakthrough arrived moments later. From a corner, Jake Clarke-Salter’s header was blocked and, as PSG failed to react, Tomori seized the opportunity to smash home from about eight yards out.But PSG, who boasted two players with first-team experience in their starting line-up in Augustin and Christopher Nkunku, were always going to carry an attacking threat and responded immediately.The pace of Nkunku caused all manner of problems for Tomori, perhaps still thinking about his goal, and his clumsy challenge offered PSG an immediate route back into contention from 12 yards.Luckily for Tomori, keeper Collins guessed correctly, diving low to his left to cling on to Augustin’s kick and preserve the early lead.Their equaliser just before the hour mark was all down to Meite, a man equalling the competition’s all-time appearance record here.You imagined he’d done this trick a few times – driving down the right wing, cutting inside at the right moment and bending an accurate low shot into the far corner.
Chelsea might have been rocked, instead they responded in magnificent fashion. Ali broke free of attentions in midfield and slipped a pass to Palmer, just in behind the defenders to score.As expected, there were nerve-shredding moments when PSG attacked, particularly during the late siege in which they came close to forcing extra time on several occasions.The final minutes were incredibly nervy, but Chelsea hold firm for another moment of glory.