Chelsea academy chief Bath: NextGen run great for youngsters

Chelsea academy manager Neil Bath says the NextGen Series has been a great experience for his players.

Chelsea academy manager Neil Bath says the NextGen Series has been a great experience for his players.

Bath saw plenty of value in the club's first participation in what was the second year of the NextGen competition.

"We want to thank NextGen for putting on a fantastic tournament and congratulations to Villa," he told chelseafc.com.

"We have had a fantastic experience for the boys, we didn't take our chances in the first half and that's the way it goes.

"Well done to the English clubs because youth football in England can get a lot of criticism but there were two clubs playing good football in the final and three clubs in the last four.

"About half of our squad have been with us a long time - from between the ages of eight and 11 - and I am extremely proud of the brand of exciting football we play.

"Since restructuring a few years back we are now playing in tournaments across Europe in a lot of age groups and are seen as a club that competes for and wins a lot of those tournaments. On this occasion it wasn't to be and I am gutted for the boys and the staff because they put so much in to it."

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