Chelsea U18s boss says his side can use FA Youth Cup to get over NextGen final defeat
Liverpool v Chelsea
The FA Youth Cup
Semi-Final first leg
7.45pm, Friday 12 April 2013
Live on ITV4
by Rachel Bayne
Chelsea U18s coach Adi Viveash hopes his side can bounce back to top form in their FA Youth Cup Semi-Final against Liverpool.
The holders face the Reds on Friday for the first of a mouth-watering two-legged battle hard on the heels of a disappointing 2-0 loss in the final of the NextGen Series against Aston Villa.
And Viveash has urged the youngsters to use that disappointment to spur them on.
He told Chelsea’s official matchday programme: "If they feel hard done by after losing in the final on Monday, they have an opportunity to put that right in The FA Youth Cup now - it means there are other big games on the horizon for them.
"Hopefully they can use the energy and experience they will have gained, because nobody likes losing in finals - I can tell you that myself, from having lost a Play-Off Final as a player. You need to come back strong and I’m sure the players will do that."
Chelsea will look to Alex Kiwomya and Lewis Baker to fire them into a first-leg advantage on Friday. The duo have each scored four goals in the club’s Youth Cup campaign this season.
Baker, no stranger to the big lights of The FA Youth Cup, scored in the Blues' 4-1 victory against Blackburn last year. The England U19 midfielder played every game en-route to winning the trophy.
Viveash added: "We trained hard last week, before giving the boys some time off over the Easter weekend, and now we go into an incredible run of games in a short period of time."
The holders face a stern test against a hungry Liverpool side that will be looking to take back the coveted trophy. Liverpool last won the competition in 2007 and are aiming to lift it for the fourth time.