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Youth Cup Final – Coach warns youngsters to be wary of Arsenal threat


Ahead of the FA Youth Cup Final return leg, Jody Morris has warned his Chelsea youngsters to be wary as they’ll face a tough test at Arsenal despite having a 3:1 advantage from the first leg encounter at Stamford Bridge on Friday.

Xavier Amaechi fired Arsenal to a 1 goal lead in the first half of the game at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea rallied back to equalize and win the game through a brace from substitute Daishawn Redan and a goal from Marc Guehi, all in the second half of the game.

Chelsea are  on course for a fifth successive Youth Cup Final win, and this would be their seventh triumph in the last nine years should they emerge victorious over the two legs, while Arsenal last lifted the cup in 2009.

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Morris said: ‘It’s our job as coaches and staff to prevent any complacency but we also have to realise it’s the first time for a while that we’ve played a Youth Cup final second leg

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‘In previous years, we’ve proved how good we are at Stamford Bridge and we did that again on Friday but we know it will be even more difficult for us at the Emirates.

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“Arsenal are a good team and they caused us a few problems in the first leg but they will also have to come out and try to get back into the tie, which could leave some gaps for us to hopefully exploit

Meanwhile, Arsenal captain Danny Ballard has fancied his side’s chances ahead of the return leg fixture  at the Emirates.

“We have a lot of threats in wide areas and we have the players to be able to get a result. We know that we can score goals in any game.”


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