Chelsea win FA Youth Cup as Antonio Conte watches starlets beat Man City

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Chelsea cruised to their fourth FA Youth Cup in a row in front of owner Roman Abramovich and head coach Antonio Conte.

The Blues' Under-18's side, who also beat Manchester City over two legs in the previous two finals, proved far too strong for them again as they ran out 5-2 winner on the night to record a 6-2 aggregate victory.

Coach Jody Morris had warned his players in the build-up that their opponents would be determined to get revenge for their previous 'heartbreaks'.

But Chelsea showed once again why they are the dominant force in football at this level with a hugely impressive display.

Success at this level has kind of become the norm of late, but one only had to take a look at the guest list to see how the hierarchy still take it seriously.

Not only was Chelsea captain Terry and all-time top scorer, Lampard, in attendance, but the owner and manager too.

Indeed, Abramovich sat in his executive box with coach Conte sitting just a couple of feet away.

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Not only that, but the press box was flooded with more scouts than journalists, casting an envious eye at the talent taking to the pitch.

Chelsea's Under-18s manager, Morris, knows all about what it takes to make it through the club's academy to become a first team star.

He played for the senior team between 1996-2003 after all, which included lining up against Xavi in the Champions League Quarter Final second leg against Barcelona in 2000 at the Nou Camp.

Morris has clearly had a positive effect on the youngsters, leading them to the Under-18 southern league championship in emphatic fashion already this term.

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And it was clear to see why they have been so successful as they dominated proceedings from the outset.

From the start it looked a case of whether the visitors, who have a highly rated group of youngsters themselves, could keep the scoreline respectable.

Aro Muric had already made a couple of fine saves when the imposing Trevor Chalobah headed the ball into the top corner in the seventh minute.

Abramovich, Conte, Terry and Lampard have seen a lot of quality goals scored at this ground over the years, but few will be better than Ike Ugbo's effort 12 minutes later.

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Dujon Sterling went on a surging run down the right flank before crossing into the area. There was still a lot of work for Ugbo to do, but he produced a fine bicycle kick to send the ball crashing into the net.

The TV cameras soon panned to Conte and he was sitting with a huge smile on his face - no wonder.

To Manchester City's credit, they gradually played themselves back into the game and wrestled some of the control away, although it took until just before half-time for Chelsea keeper Jamie Cumming to make his first meaningful save.

Still, Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha briefly provided Chelsea with a bit of a scare when he netted seven minutes after the interval.

Yet it only sparked Chelsea back into life and how. Another cracking strike, this time from Callum Hudson-Odoi put the tie to bed.

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You could tell the players in royal blue felt that way by the manner in which they ran to Morris to celebrate.

Sterling's calm finish at the near post, one that Manchester City's expensive recruit Raheem would be proud of, inspired a high five and a shake of hands between Conte and Abramovich.

Salt was rubbed into the wounds when substitute Cole DaSilva added a late fifth and the final whistle was greeted with a loud cheer.

The players on show definitely have every right to celebrate. They have sent a challenge over to the senior team to achieve a Double of their own.