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Post-Match Report

U-23s: Chelsea 1-3 Arsenal - How it happened

Nketiah

Chelsea Under 23 -

Stamford Bridge
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Chelsea Under 23
      
              Redan (83)
          
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Chelsea Under 23
Redan (83)
1 3
  Arsenal U23
      
                  Nketiah (8
                   29)
                   Jenkinson  (44)
            
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Arsenal U23
Nketiah (8
29)
Jenkinson (44)

WHAT HAPPENED 

Eddie Nketiah delivered a masterclass on Monday night, scoring twice in our 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Carl Jenkinson also found the back of the net, helping us to extend our unbeaten streak to eight Premier League 2 fixtures.

We fired five past Derby County last time out - and once again we wasted no time in displaying our attacking intent, with Nketiah opening the scoring inside eight minutes.

The 19-year-old’s low drive from the edge of the area was all too much for Karlo Ziger.

Shortly after Bukayo Saka threatened the Blues defence with a number of darting runs, before Nketiah scored his second, cutting in from the right to find the top corner with a stunning strike.

Chelsea then pushed forward in search of a lifeline - and this allowed Jenkinson to make it three on the stroke of half-time, providing the finishing touch to a blistering counter-attack.

Following the break, Arthur Okonkwo made fine saves to deny Joseph Colley and Conor Gallagher, but he was eventually beaten in the 83rd minute by Daishawn Redan.

That was the first goal the 17-year-old has conceded since making his PL2 debut against West Ham.

WHAT IT MEANS 

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WHAT’S NEXT 

Our final game of the season is against Leicester City on Friday, April 26.

The game will take place at Emirates Stadium with kick-off at 7pm (UK time).

Interview

‘We carried out our gameplan perfectly’

on the team’s performance… It’s an amazing result. They’re a very good side but to be 3-0 at half-time, you’ve got to say well done to the boys.   on playing five at the back and looking dangerous on the counter… We had a gameplan and while we’ve dominated possession in games at home, we’ve conceded some sloppy goals, so we thought we’d change our shape a little bit and surprise them. We played deeper and because of that we were ready to trap them and hit them on the counter - and we did that really well. W

Freddie Ljungberg was a happy man on Monday night, as his side delivered a professional performance to secure a 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Our head coach has favoured a 4-3-3 formation over recent weeks, but on Monday night he opted to play five at the back, with the intention of hitting the Blues on the break.

We spoke to Ljungberg after the final whistle - and this is what he said:

on the team’s performance… 
It’s an amazing result. They’re a very good side but to be 3-0 at half-time, you’ve got to say well done to the boys.

on playing five at the back and looking dangerous on the counter…
We had a gameplan and while we’ve dominated possession in games at home, we’ve conceded some sloppy goals, so we thought we’d change our shape a little bit and surprise them. We played deeper and because of that we were ready to trap them and hit them on the counter - and we did that really well. We could have scored even more so it was a fantastic team performance. The players played the gameplan perfectly and their quality showed within that, so I’m happy for them. 

on Eddie Nketiah’s performance…
He’s a great football player. He was constantly running, so he did very well and I could not be happier for him.

on Jenkinson finishing like a striker…
We had a team talk and we will out [from the back] when we can, and he played out really nicely on the wing. Jenko took the empty space in the middle because Eddie went wide and then he put it in, so it was perfect!

on Okonkwo’s performance and handling pressure…
We said at half-time that they’d come at us and we said we could change the system, go more offensive and put them on the back foot, but we thought we’ll stay like this so that we can work on our shape and work on defending well as a unit. That isn’t so easy because we knew they were going to come at us, but they did that really well. We still had a few chances and should have scored, so overall it was an amazing performance.

on playing our final game at the Emirates…
The players love to play at a stadium like Stamford Bridge because it’s a bigger pitch where we can play a bit more and there’s more space for people when they want to go. We’re looking forward to going back to the Emirates, playing on a big pitch and enjoying our home. 

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