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Match preview: Norwich City U18s v Chelsea U18s

26 February 2021

Norwich City Under-18s are looking to add another impressive win to their record as they host Chelsea at the Lotus Training Centre on Saturday afternoon (12pm).

The young Canaries are eighth in the U18 Premier League, just a point behind this weekend’s opponents and three points behind Arsenal.

That point difference sees Chelsea seventh in the table, but the Blues have two games in hand to fall back on.

A win on Saturday would see the Canaries move up to seventh in the table over the Blues and possibly go level on points with Arsenal.

Last time out, City took an incredible 5-3 win over league leaders Crystal Palace, coming from behind to take all three points away from home.

A Palace header saw the young Canaries behind in the first minute of the game, but goals from Jon Rowe, Abu Kamara, Ken Aboh and an excellent Sean Stewart free-kick saw City take the win.

City last faced Chelsea earlier this season at Cobham Training Ground, a game which saw the Pensioners come from 3-1 down to beat the Canaries 4-3 by the full-time whistle.

A never say die attitude synonymous with the first-team is a key component to a player according to Abu Kamara, the young forward saying the team know that they’re never out of the game until the end.

“Me and the team are in high spirits because we just beat the top of the league and came from a losing position.

“It feels like even if we do go into a losing position, we feel like we can get back in it because we’re the sort of group of lads that won’t give up on anything and make sure we push our hardest until the end.

“If that attitude is instilled in you from a young age you can do so much with it. Even when odds are against you, you know in yourself that you’re not completely ruled out.”

The message is simple heading into this game as well, Kamara describing the motivation to beat Chelsea as putting their previous result right, on top of continuing their good form from the Crystal Palace win.

“For this game, me and the lads just want to keep the good form going on from Crystal Palace. We felt a bit robbed after the 4-3 last time we played, so we’d like to put things right the second time round.”

You can follow all the action of Friday afternoon's game on our dedicated Academy Twitter account.

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