Chelsea v Norwich City
The FA Youth Cup Final
7.45pm, Monday 13 May 2013
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC
Live on ITV4
Neil Adams takes his Norwich City squad to Stamford Bridge tonight knowing they are just 90 minutes away from FA Youth Cup glory.
The young Canaries take a one goal lead into the second leg of The Final following their narrow win in the first game at Carrow Road two weeks ago.
And Adams knows they face their toughest challenge yet against the current Cup holders in front of a bumper crowd in west London.
He said: “They’ll come at us, look to dominate the ball and probably show a bit more urgency.
“But we’ll have a game plan so we’ll see what we can do and it will be tough.
“There will be one or two things we’ll have to work on but we certainly won’t be sitting back and looking to defend.
“The lads were delighted after the first game but we haven’t won anything yet. We’ve got the advantage, but that’s all it is.”
Chelsea were seen as strong favourites going into The Final, but they couldn’t break down Norwich two weeks ago with the home side edging ahead courtesy of a late penalty from skipper, and former Chelsea player, Cameron McGeehan.
The Blues will be backed by over 20,000 fans and are likely to include first-teamer Nathan Ake in their ranks for the second leg and Adams knows it will take another strong performance from his side if they are to get their hands on The Cup.
He added: “I’ve watched Chelsea in detail, I know all their players’ strengths and weaknesses and there aren’t many weaknesses, that’s the problem with Chelsea.
“They’ve won it two years out of the last three and they’re a fantastic football club who play the game the way it should be and they’ve got quality players.
“Obviously I’m delighted to take that one goal advantage to Stamford Bridge but I’m under no illusions how tough it will be.”
Having been backed by fantastic support at Carrow Road in the first leg, it will now be a different pressure at Stamford Bridge.
And Adams says it will be another big step in their learning curve to see how they deal with that on the night.
“I think there’s bound to be nervous energy there,” he said.
“Looking at the bigger picture, if they are going to be playing in the first team week in and week out, they’re going to have to deal with this sort of thing, and this Cup run is invaluable experience for them.”
Chelsea v Norwich City