Jody Morris takes his young Chelsea team to face Lee Carsley’s City hopefuls in first-leg at the Etihad
MANCHESTER CITY and Chelsea face-off in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final tonight as the country’s two strongest teams go head to head.
Both City and the Blues have built under-18s teams packed full of players who have represented their countries at age-group football with several tipped to reach the very top.
Former Chelsea star Jody Morris leads his team into action at the Etihad after his side saw off closest rivals Tottenham 9-2 on aggregate in the semi-final.
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And City, managed by former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley, were just as impressive as they saw off Stoke by the same scoreline.
Chelsea have won the competition for the last three seasons but City are hoping to end that run and lift the cup for the first time since 2008.
SunSport runs the rule over some of the emerging stars to look out for over the two legs.
Jason Sancho – Aged 17
A brilliant winger who has been tipped to force his way into the City first team within the next 12 months.
City splashed out £500,000 to sign him from Watford two years ago and his development since has gone as well as they had hoped – and now Pep Guardiola is considering taking him on the club’s pre-season tour with the first team over the summer.
Brahim Diaz – Aged 17
The Spanish midfielder has already made his first team debut for City after figuring in the EFL Cup tie against Swansea in September.
Diaz is a creative midfielder with an eye for goal, and scored a hat-trick in an under-23 clash with Chelsea earlier this season.
Like Sancho he has already been tied down to a three-year professional contract and is regarded in Spain as one of their brightest young players.
Lukas Nmecha – Aged 18
Despite being born in Germany, the centre-forward opted to represent England at age-group level and has figured for all the Young Lions side up to under-19.
City’s main goalscoring threat, Nmecha is combines pace, power and skill and has already scored seven times on the run to the final.
Ike Ugbo – Aged 18
A prolific goalscorer, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is already monitoring his progress and is considering drafting him into his first team squad next season.
Ugbo has been in devastating form in the competition this season, scoring in all but one of the rounds on the way to the final.
With 44 goals from 67 youth team appearances for Chelsea he is regarded as their main attacking threat.
Mason Mount – Aged 18
Handed a four-year contract in January, the Portsmouth-born midfielder captains the Chelsea side and is already a regular at Premier League 2 level despite his age.
Mount is regarded as the central figure in the Blues side, linking defence with attack and is able to pass the ball well with both feet.
Trevoh Chalobah – Aged 17
Younger brother to Chelsea first team player Nathaniel, Trevoh is tipped to reach the top both for club and country.
Regarded as the best young defender at Stamford Bridge, Chalobah is already being groomed to play a key role in the under-23 side and has caught the eye of first team boss Conte for his calmness and control in possession.