A young Chelsea side made up of Under-19 players will face Norwegian club Molde FK in the first round of this season’s UEFA Youth League.
The Blues reached the final of last season’s competition where they where defeated 3-0 by Spanish giants FC Barcelona at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
Joe Edwards, the manager of Chelsea’s Development Squad, will again lead the club’s Under-19 side into battle in European football’s top youth competition, a tournament which they last won during the 2015/2016 campaign.
The draw for the first knockout round was made on Tuesday with Chelsea being handed a two-legged tie against Norwegians Molde FK. The Blues will play the first leg at Cobham on Wednesday 3 October before travelling to Norway for the return leg three weeks later.
Should Chelsea advance from the first knockout round, they will then face Swedish team IF Elfsborg or Icelandic outfit KR in the next round. The format of the competition is set out so that The Blues will not meet a youth side from a club participating in this season’s UEFA Champions League until the last 16 stage of the competition.
Chelsea finished top of their group in the UEFA Champions League format of the UEFA Youth League last season before negotiating their way past Feyenoord, Real Madrid and FC Porto in the knockouts on their way to the final.