EXCLUSIVE- Mark Kennedy: “Chelsea are an outstanding academy, and are arguably in the top two academies every year in terms of style of play, and the type of players they bring in.”

Mark Kennedy has sung the praises of the Chelsea academy speaking ahead of the clash between the two U23s sides on Saturday. 

This season, Kennedy’s side sit in 10th place in Premier League 2, Division 1 with nine points.

On the other hand, when looking at his opponents [Chelsea U23’s]-  in nine Premier League 2, Division 1 games so far, Andy Myres’s side are unbeaten and as a result sit top of the table with 21 points.

The Blues have a game in hand on second place Derby County U23s who have the same points at this moment, but have a inferior goal difference to the Blues.

The U23s have won six of the PL2 games, drawn three and lost none so far.

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With the likes of Charlie Brown, Clinton Mola and Faustino Anjorin being a selected few of the current U23s crop who have impressed so far this season in PL2, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them included in Frank Lampard’s squad in the future.

Speaking after his sides 1-1 draw to PSG U23s in Group E of the Premier League International Cup, the former Wolves player himself has had alot of positive things to say about the Chelsea academy and Chelsea as a club itself.

The Wolves U23s coach said when speaking about the job his side face against Chelsea U23s on Saturday: “The reason I’m thinking about it is because it will probably be the toughest game of the season.

“Chelsea are an outstanding academy, and are arguably in the top two academies every year  in terms of style of play, and the type of players they bring in. The budget they have, resources, facilities- they are a world class club.

“You always know with Chelsea is that they have excellent players. Even though they send a lot players out on loan.

“It will arguably be our toughest game of the year. They will be really physical, technically good, quick, strong, and they will be sizeable lads. So from every aspect, it will be a tough game.

“And not only that, It’s going to come so quickly after a really tough game tonight. You’ve seen collectively-  the amount of players that went down with cramp. But no doubt about it- It will be a really tough game on Saturday.”

The game kicks-off at 12:45pm on Saturday November 23, so get down to AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head ground and support Andy Myres’s youthful and exciting Blues side to another important win and three points in PL2.

Published by danyalkhan2000

Sports Journalism second year student at University of Gloucestershire

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