The return of the Champions League this week meant the start of the UEFA Youth League, which created chances for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City’s youngsters to dazzle on the European stage.
It was good news all round as the English sides swept the board with impressive wins. Here’s a round up of the action.
Liverpool 4-0 Ludogorets
Liverpool’s youngsters got off to a flying start against their Bulgarian counterparts, with one of the most impressive results from the opening round of games.
Jerome Sinclair was the star of the show as he bagged a brace during the game with Daniel Cleary and Alex O’Hanlon also grabbing goals.
Liverpool were on top throughout the game and coach Neil Critchley will also be pleased that his side didn’t pick up any bookings.
Bayern Munich 1-4 Manchester City
Manchester City matched Liverpool’s impressive win against a much more difficult opponent.
Jack Byrne, Jose Pozo, Jose Tasende and Bersant Celina all got on the score sheet with Bayern’s goal coming when City’s youngsters were already 4-0 up.
Four players were booked from Patric Vieira’s side although the only red card during the game was shown to Bayern’s goalkeeper.
Chelsea 4-1 FC Schalke
Chelsea didn’t have the same problems as the senior side when it came to dispatching FC Schalke.
Izzy Brown bagged two, Ola Aina scored and Dom Solanke netted on his first start after signing his first professional deal with the club.
Chelsea have been superb at all levels of youth football this season and take a dominant early position.
Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal have been one of the most impressive youth teams over the start of this season.
They comfortably saw off their German opponents with a solid win as Kaylen Hinds grabbed both goals during the match.
Dortmund had more efforts on goal but Arsenal were more precise and sit top of their group table on goal difference.