Chelsea under-18 boss Joe Edwards says the rivalry between the Blues and Leeds United will be a good experience for his youngster as the sides prepare to meet in the FA Youth Cup.
Chelsea and Leeds have one of the biggest rivalries in English football despite the very different geographical locations of each side and Edwards is backing Leeds to be well supported at Elland Road when the match gets under way.
“There’s obviously a lot of rivalry between Chelsea and Leeds but that’s a rivalry that maybe some of the boys, given their age and not having had the experience of playing against them that often, might not fully appreciate,” said Edwards.
“However, I’m sure that whatever crowd there is at Elland Road will show it and those are the experiences you want and that only the Youth Cup can bring.”
It’s a great match up between one of the best youth systems from the Premier League and arguably the best youth team system in the country from Leeds.
Chelsea will be confident because they have played well at youth team level on multiple fronts already this season, but Leeds’ academy is tried and tested over the last few years.
“Leeds will bring different challenges but when you have the forward players that we do then you give them the trust and hope they can thrive off that.”
The FA Youth Cup is one of the most important and historic youth competitions in England and it’s a great chance for each side to make an impression this evening in front of what’s likely to be a larger than average crowd given the rivalry Edwards talks about.