Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers warns teammates ahead of FA Youth Cup clash against Chelsea

White Hart Lane

The 17-year-old centre-back knows that he and the rest of the defence will have their work cut out in Wednesday night's semi-final second-leg at Stamford Bridge, despite holding a two-goal aggregate lead.

A strong defensive showing will be crucial to Tottenham Hotspur progressing to the FA Youth Cup final at the expense of Chelsea, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has told the club’s official website.

A goal in each half from Josh Onomah and Kazaiah Sterling gave Tottenham’s Under-18s an impressive 2-0 win in the home leg of their semi-final tie earlier this month, with Kieran McKenna’s side now in the driving seat to make the final ahead of tonight’s second matchup at Stamford Bridge

There was in fact little to choose between the two teams at White Hart Lane but a terrific effort from Carter-Vickers and the rest of the back-four helped subdue a Chelsea side which had scored a competition-leading 17 times in their previous four ties.

Despite their two-goal advantage, though, the emerging centre-back is well aware of the threat Blues attackers Dominic Solanke and Isaiah Brown pose and believes he and his fellow defenders will need to put in a repeat performance to avoid seeing their lead slip.

"As a defensive unit we played really well at home and if we can take that to Stamford Bridge then we’ll have a really good chance of getting to the final," said Carter-Vickers.

"That’s going to be key for us. Chelsea have an array of attacking talent and they score plenty of goals so if we can stay strong defensively, like we did in the first leg, then we’ve always got the ability to score a goal ourselves.

"We know Chelsea will be right at us from the start and we have to be ready for that," he added. "It would be special to get to the final. That’s what we’re all aiming for."

Carter-Vickers himself received particular praise from coach McKenna following the first-leg and the US Under-20 international will be vital to preventing a Chelsea comeback.

"The whole back four and the goalkeeper, and the midfield in front of them did a really good defensive job,” the Spurs coach told ITV4 following the 2-0 win at the Lane. “But you'd have to say Cameron Carter-Vickers stood head and shoulders above, as a defensive player he was outstanding."

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