Chelsea Under-19s’ hopes of becoming European champions for their age group have ended after The Blues lost 3-0 to Spanish giants Barcelona in the UEFA Youth League final at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland.
A double from Alejandro Marques and a goal from Abel Ruiz condemned Joe Edwards’ side to a heavy defeat in Nyon.
Barcelona looked by far the more dangerous of the two sides during the opening stages of the half, although Chelsea managed to prevent them from shooting for the best part of half an hour until a Marques effort looped onto the roof of the net.
That first chance of the game acted as a warning side for Chelsea and Barcelona took the lead just seven minutes later when Ruiz crossed for Marques to head home. Blues keeper Jamie Cumming then did well to save a Carles Perez effort to ensure that his side went into the break with just a one-goal deficit.
The Spaniards did get a second goal soon after the interval when Marques was just too strong for Chelsea defender Marc Guehi and the young forward raced away to net with ease.
Chelsea had rarely threatened their opponents’ goal but a good last half hour from Edwards’ side did add a little respect to their afternoon’s work. First, Luke McCormick’s acrobatic effort flew just wide before a Callum Hudson-Odoi free-kick rattled a post. McCormick and Harvey St Clair then sent shots wide of target before a header from Charlie Brown struck the crossbar.
Barcelona’s class was always visible and in injury time, Ruiz netted a third goal from close range to end what was an afternoon to forget for Chelsea.