Chelsea youngsters draw with Manchester City in opening game

Chelsea’s Under-21 side began their Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City at Brentford’s Griffin Park.

Blues striker Patrick Bamford missed an early chance to open the scoring before testing Eirik Johansen with a rasping 25-yard shot the City keeper did well to keep out.

At the other end, Jamal Blackman produced good saves to deny Marco Lopes and Albert Henshall.

Bamford, fit again after injury, was replaced by Thorgan Hazard during a second half in which Lucas Piazon went close for Chelsea.

A low cross from Hazard then led to City’s Reece Wabara almost scoring a late own goal, before Billy Clifford came within inches of breaking the deadlock.

Clifford raced on to Hazard’s clever back-heel and was unlucky to see his delicate chip over Johansen hit the bar.

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