This evening’s FA Youth Cup semi final is looks like it will provide a feisty encounter and with Liverpool eager to overturn a two-goal deficit it will be a tough one for the bookies to call.
Alex Kiwomya is the key man in tonight’s tie after scoring both goals that give Chelsea a slender lead heading into tonight.
His manager Adi Viveash said after last week’s first leg: ‘In the 4th round at Charlton, Alex didn’t start but he made a big impact coming on at half-time when we were in a difficult situation. He scored a fantastic second goal and from there he has gone from strength to strength.
‘He is a major goal threat and has outstanding pace. I would like him to be a little more consistent from half to half.
‘At Liverpool he was outstanding in the second half and first half he struggled to get in the game which sometimes happens with young players, especially forwards, but his two finishes were top drawer. The fact he is top scorer is a nice thing but it doesn’t mean much because individuals shine in good teams.’
The prize for both side’s is a place in the final up against Norwich City, who defeated Nottingham Forest on penalties earlier this week.
Viveash told the official Chelsea website after the last leg: ‘It was a very entertaining game.
‘It was a good level with a lot of good young players on show in both teams, and we are obviously delighted with how the last few minutes of the game went. But I would still be pleased if it had ended 0-0 because we attacked the game in the right way. We were playing away from home in a wonderful stadium and our performance graced it.
‘However as I said to the players straight after the game, no two matches are ever the same. This second leg is a different game but we will approach it in the same manner.
‘We are at home, we are excited about playing at the Bridge in front of our home fans and hopefully there is going to be a good turnout. I think their performances in the competition deserve that and they worked extremely hard to get the opportunity to play at the Bridge, and now I am really looking forward to watching them play again.’
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm.