Photos: Blues stars show their support as Chelsea U23 escape PL2 relegation
Several Blues stars were present as Chelsea U23 defeated Tottenham Hotspur U23 to clinch survival in the Premier League 2 Division 1.
It was a must-win game for the Young Blues who struggled throughout the season.
As previously confirmed by Thomas Tuchel, first-team pair; Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah, were drafted into the U23 to provide experience to the team.
Mason Burstow, who has just returned from his loan at League One side Charlton, also made the starting line-up.
It looked like it was over for Chelsea U23 after Spurs took the lead in the 57th minute. Chelsea needed three points, and anything less would not have been enough.
Despite the obvious pressure, two Chelsea substitutes; Dion Rankine and Joe Haigh, scored a goal apiece in the last 10 minutes of the game and eventually secured the development squad’s spot in the Division 1 next season.
Several first-team players, including Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner were among the crowds at Cobham.
Tuchel and his coaching staff also watched the game, and like many other Chelsea fans, they looked nervous during the game.
The game marked the end of the season for Chelsea academy across various age groups.
This is not the case for Tuchel’s men, though.
Following the weekend’s results, they are now just one point ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal and five points above fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues will visit Leeds United’s Elland Road on Wednesday before facing Liverpool at Wembley in the FA Cup final at the weekend.