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Chelsea coach Holland hails youngsters after winning Copa Amsterdam

Chelsea have won the prestigious U19 Copa Amsterdam.

Chelsea beat Sevilla in the final on penalties, having also seen off Ajax, Chivas and Botafogo in the run to the final.

"It has rounded off a fantastic season for the club at all levels," reserve team manager Steve Holland told chelseafc.com.

"It is a tournament we look back on with a great deal of satisfaction because it doesn't just highlight the fact we have talented young players at the club, we knew that anyway by the lads that made their first-team debuts this year and the success of the youth team, it also shows what depth we have.

"We were without 13 players who could have been available to us and to enter a tournament of this standing without players like Fabio Borini, Gael Kakuta, Jacob Mellis, Josh McEachran, Conor Clifford, Jacop Sala, Jeffrey Bruma and Danny Mills Pappoe and still win is great testament to the strength that we have.

"Billy Clifford did very well," Holland adds. "He played mainly at full-back for the youth team in the Youth Cup but with Conor Clifford, McEachran and Sala away on international duty, Billy moved into midfield and scored the vital winner in the semi.

"The cup we won is huge. It takes two people to lift it an inch off the ground!"

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