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Chelsea vs Tottenham: Under-23s – LIVE!

Petr Cech is making a surprise return to action for Chelsea as the Blues’ development squad takes on Tottenham in tonight’s Premier League 2 clash.

Cech, 38, is the club’s technical and performance director but has been training with the first team, and was registered as emergency cover in Chelsea’s Premier League squad in October.

Cech has not played competitively since he retired after the Europa League Final between Arsenal and Chelsea in 2019, when he kept goal for the Gunners.

Chelsea have confirmed, however, he will start in tonight’s fixture against Tottenham at Kings-meadow this evening.

A win for Chelsea would take them top of the table above current leaders Manchester City, while a victory for Spurs would see them leapfrog the Blues.

While Cech is at one end of his career, the likes of Tino Anjorin, Myles Peart-Harris and Tino Livramento will want to prove that they can play a part in Frank Lampard’s senior squad this season.

With kick-off at 7pm GMT, follow the game on our LIVE blog.

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Tino Livramento

A versatile right-sided player, Livramento has firmly established himself in Chelsea’s Development team.  

A modern player, he can operate as an attacking full back or as an orthodox winger, which are qualities highly valued by Lampard.  

He says he is still to determine what is his favoured role, but that adaptability is proving to be a strength as he continues to develop his game and impress at youth level. 

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Team news

And here’s the Chelsea team, Cech joined by Danny Drinkwater…

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Team news

Here’s how visitors Tottenham line-up tonight…

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Harvey White | Tottenham

It has been quite a month for the 19-year-old, whose full Spurs debut against LASK in the Europa League was swiftly followed by a new long-term contract.

A cultured left-footed midfielder, who has occasionally deputised at left-back, White has long been considered one of the likeliest academy players to follow Harry Kane and Harry Winks into the first-team.

He has been training with Mourinho’s senior squad on a full-time basis for over a year now, having first impressed during the 2019 pre-season trip to Singapore and China.

Mourinho believes White is still some way from being ready for regular first-team football, so he is likely to follow Oliver Skipp in being sent on loan to a Championship club next season.

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Myles Peart-Harris | Chelsea

A goal-scoring midfielder who has impressed every time he’s been asked to make a step up.

One of the stars of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup finalists last season, he has stood out since making the move up to the Development squad this season.  

The 18-year-old from Isleworth was on target in the 2-1 win against Leicester earlier this month and is making a name for himself with his eye for goal, as well as his creative qualities.  

A former winger, who also played centre-back, he cites Cristiano Ronaldo as his ultimate inspiration.

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Alfie Devine | Tottenham

At just 16, Devine is one of the most promising teenagers in the country.

The summer signing from Wigan, who were in administration at the time, was released by Liverpool aged 11 but developed rapidly after joining the Latics and represented their U-23 side at 15.

Devine made a two-minute cameo in Wigan’s FA Youth Cup win over Spurs in January before they beat off competition from the likes of Leeds and Celtic to sign the central midfielder for around £500,000.

A talented passer with a fine touch, Devine – whose father Sean is a former rugby player for St Helens – may be considered for a loan sooner rather than later.

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Tino Anjorin | Chelsea

He’s actually already made his breakthrough and has been called up by Lampard as the Chelsea manager deals with injury concerns on the wings.  

The forward started against Krasnodar in the Champions League last week and was on the bench against Everton in the absence of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

With Chelsea playing Wolves on Tuesday night, he may be involved again – and that underlines the promise he has shown at youth level with his bravery on the ball, touch and movement.  

A real threat when he drives at goal and forces to defenders to commit.

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Jack Clarke | Tottenham

Clarke arrived at Spurs to much excitement in summer 2019 – largely because he was the club’s first signing in a year.

The £10million recruit from Leeds immediately returned to Elland Road on loan but was overlooked by Marcelo Bielsa before an injury-hit six-month spell at QPR.

Clarke, now 20, was expected to be sent on loan again this summer but Jose Mourinho was impressed by the winger in pre-season and told him to stay put and learn from the likes of Gareth Bale and Heung-min Son.

Clarke has since been rewarded with his Spurs debut as a substitute in the Europa League win over LASK.

Another spell on loan – perhaps at a Premier League club – feels inevitable in future before he can hope to break into Mourinho’s side, while he will also be hoping to graduate to the England U-21s having impressed for the U20s.

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Ones to watch

All eyes will, of course, be on Petr Cech as he makes his comeback in a Chelsea shirt tonight, but there are plenty of players from either side to keep a close watch on.

We’ll run through three of the best from both teams before kick-off.

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Cech to make shock return tonight

Petr Cech is set to make a surprise return to action for Chelsea’s development squad tonight.

The 38-year-old is the club’s technical and performance director, but has been training with the first team and was registered as emergency cover in Chelsea’s Premier League squad in October.

Cech has not played competitively since he retired after the Europa League Final between Arsenal and Chelsea in 2019, when he kept goal for the Gunners. Chelsea have confirmed, however, he is set to play at Kingsmeadow this evening.

Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero and Karlo Ziger are all ahead of Cech in the pecking order, but the game provides a chance for him to get minutes under his belt.


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