The academy stars lead Chelsea’s pursuit of glory after Juventus were stunned by the Cobham kids

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrated in the corner of Stamford Bridge with longtime friend and opening scorer Trevoh Chalobah after beating Chelsea 3-0 against Juventus.

Not many people realized that about four and a half years before Tuesday night’s triumph, the couple were in the exact same situation.

That moment came during the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City in April 2017 and an exciting crop of Blues players lined up at Stamford Bridge.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (left) and Reece James (right) both scored in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Juventus

Mason Mount, Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James (left to right) all started Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Juventus

In April 2017, the same quartet helped Chelsea win the 2017 FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge

In April 2017, the same quartet helped Chelsea win the 2017 FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge

Like Tuesday against Juventus in the Champions League, Chalobah opened the scoring and Hudson-Odoi scored the third in a crushing 5-1 win. Reece James and Mason Mount also played that day, as the Blues took six Youth Cup victories in seven years.

All four of those players were on the pitch on Tuesday night and Chelsea slammed Juventus in their biggest statement yet that they are one of the top clubs in Europe.

It’s a remarkable turnout for the Blues Quartet, but they’re not the only Academy graduates to play a major role in Thomas Tuchel’s roster.

In the 2017 youth cup final, Chalobah (right) scored first and Hudson-Odoi third, just like Tuesday night against Juventus

In the 2017 youth cup final, Chalobah (right) scored first and Hudson-Odoi third, just like Tuesday night against Juventus

Ruben Loftus-Cheek sat on the bench alongside former youth team-mate Andreas Christensen, then scored Hudson-Odoi’s goal as he continued his fight back to a Chelsea player.

These several generations of Chelsea Youth graduates performing well at the first team level show just how far the Blues Academy has come in recent years.

The West Londoners used to be mocked for limiting the chances of academy products with big money signings before putting those young players in the infamous ‘loan group’. Those days are long gone now.

James also found the net against Juventus, with the Blues' top three scorers all academy stars

James also found the net against Juventus, with the Blues’ top three scorers all academy stars

With James joining Chalobah and Hudson-Odoi on the scoresheet against Juventus, the football world is now impressed with the quality Chelsea are producing, and Rio Ferdinand praised the Blues’ youth line-up.

Ferdinand told BT Sport on Tuesday: “The top three scorers tonight against Juventus, no mugs, are graduates of the Cobham conveyor belt.

“They persevered and it worked. They are positive about it, their youth system looks so clear to them. They see a way to the first team.’

But Chelsea’s excellent academy has been bubbling beneath the surface for five years – with the club’s youth league record excellent at the time.

Andreas Christensen (left) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) helped Chelsea win the 2014 UEFA Youth Cup

Andreas Christensen (left) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (right) helped Chelsea win the 2014 UEFA Youth Cup

Mount (second from left) and Chalobah (far right) helped the Blues win the same final in 2016

Mount (second from left) and Chalobah (far right) helped the Blues win the same final in 2016

James (far left) and Hudson-Odoi (second from left) starred in Chelsea's 2018 youth team in Europe

James (far left) and Hudson-Odoi (second from left) starred in Chelsea’s 2018 youth team in Europe

The Blues won the FA Youth Cup for five consecutive years between 2014 and 2018, while their UEFA Youth League record was also great.

Chelsea’s academy team won their first UEFA Youth League trophy in 2014 with Christensen and Loftus-Cheek on the team. Two years later, they repeated that feat when Mount and Chalobah came off the bench in the final.

And two years after that, the Blues reached the same final with James and Hudson-Odoi from the start. No wonder those academy products were unimpressed with this year’s Champions League final, which saw the Blues beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1-0.

After those successes in the youth cup, most of the Chelsea quartet came on loan. Chalobah went to Ipswich, Huddersfield and Lorient, Mount spent a season with Derby, while James did his trade for a term at Wigan.

Reece James enjoyed a promising loan spell at Wigan as part of his development

Mason Mount's season at Derby helped him on his way to Chelsea's first team

Loan moves helped James (left) and Mount (right) progress in youth players

All of Chelsea's youth stars have helped the Blues win European titles this calendar year

All of Chelsea’s youth stars have helped the Blues win European titles this calendar year

Before that, Loftus-Cheek made a name for himself at Crystal Palace and made his way into England’s 2018 World Cup squad, while Christensen spent two seasons with German club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The lone exception was Hudson-Odoi, but the Blues winger has come close in the past, with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund making the switch during the 21-year-old’s career.

And if the academy stars don’t make it into Chelsea’s first team, they manage to get their grade elsewhere. That was seen this summer when Marc Guehi, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori were sold for nearly £80million in the transfer window, enabling the Blues to sign Romelu Lukaku for £98million.

The terrifying aspect of Chelsea’s academy is that there are many more talented players to come.

Billy Gilmour is part of the next wave of Chelsea stars to be loaned out

Conor Gallagher plays for Crystal Palace and was recently capped by England

Billy Gilmour (left) and Conor Gallagher (right) are the next Chelsea stars to be loaned out

Billy Gilmour, Armando Broja and England international Conor Gallagher are in the ‘loan’ phase of their youth team development, having already led the Blues to Youth Cup victories.

Fellow youngster Ethan Ampadu is at Serie A club Venezia in a move similar to Chalobah’s stint at Lorient last season, as defenders Ian Maatsen and Jake Clarke-Salter perform brilliantly for high-flying Coventry in the Championship.

And who would rule out more Youth Cup victories for Chelsea, bringing more academy products through, and then more European top nights for the club, such as Tuesday night against Juventus.

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