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Ramsey positive as U21s kick-off at Chelsea

Posted on 9 August 2013  - 09:00

Not surprisingly, Chris Ramsey would love a repeat of last season as our Under-21s get ready to kick-off 2013-14.

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The lads return to competitive football in the Barclays U21 Premier League with an intriguing opener against Chelsea at Aldershot’s Rec Ground tonight, kick-off 7.05pm.

The league has a different format in 2013-14 with one division of 22, with teams playing each other once (either home or away) for a total of 21 matches. The top four progress to play-offs in April and May.

The team swept all before them in 2012-13 and won both stages of the league on their way to the play-offs, scoring an incredible 82 goals in 28 matches.

Unfortunately, after leading 2-0 at half-time, they lost the play-off final against Manchester United, who came back to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.

"First and foremost I’m hoping we can perform like we did last season and that will then help the players get to the next level,” said Chris, our Senior Professional Phase Coach.

“That will bring attention to their performances and hopefully that will mean some of these players will progress in the same way as a number of players did last season.

“They know competition at Spurs is massive and a lot of players have to go and have a career (on loan) before a career here.

“As we’ve seen, some players don’t have to do that and play here in the Europa League, but a number of players have gone away and played first team football on loan. The transition between the Academy and the next phase of their career has been very good.

“From the Academy’s point of view and for the philosophy of development, it helps when you play the way you want to play, and win, and score a lot of goals. You don’t get that very often. That happened on a consistent basis last season.

“Players went out on loan but other players came in, often younger players, and picked up the baton. To emulate that would be our ideal situation again, but one season to another is always different.”