Norwich City young guns relishing clash with FA Youth Cup holders Chelsea
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Norwich City Under-18s' chief Neil Adams is under no illusions at the scale of the task to dethrone FA Youth Cup holders Chelsea.
Adams was at Stamford Bridge, along with academy head Ricky Martin, to watch the young Blues ease to a 4-1 semi-final aggregate success over Liverpool.
'They're a fantastic side. I'm not making any bones about that or going to temper it in any way. They're a really, really good side,' he said. 'The size of the club itself, the way they're able to go and bring players in, they're going to be contesting the latter stages of the FA Youth Cup year on year. They're strong in every position and they've got cover in every position as well. They play with two very quick wingers and a quick centre forward who likes to score goals, backed by three very good ball-playing midfield players, similar to ourselves. We've got a big job to do but the thing is we're relishing it. We'll have a right good go at it, give it our best shot but we're certainly under no illusions as to the size of the task that we're facing.'
Adams insists all the pressure is on Adi Viveash's squad to justify their billing as favourites.
'I think anybody outside Norwich and Chelsea probably sees Norwich as massive underdogs,' he said. 'The resources they've got and the way they put the youth team together. You can mention players like (Nathan) Ake but they've got four, five, six, seven, eight others who are equally as good to be at that level and playing the way they are. We'll give them the respect they deserve but we're not just here to make up the numbers. We're clear underdogs but we'll have a right good go at it and with the support we have we'll have a really good night and a really good performance from us and it's something I'm really confident we can get.'
City's youngsters pushed the holders all the way in one of last season earlier rounds in the competition before losing on penalties at Carrow Road.
'We played really well on the night. We missed a couple of chances, but had we taken one, it would have put us through,' said Adams. 'We took them all the way to penalties and a lot of the players played in that game on both sides.'