Butterfield: Hoping to upset the odds

By SFC Media time Fri 06 Apr Chelsea v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Danny Butterfield

Under-18s coach Danny Butterfield is pleased to have a full squad fit and ready for selection, as Saints travel to table toppers Chelsea tomorrow morning.

Butterfield's side make the trip to Cobham with a nine game unbeaten record in tact, while their London counterparts are undefeated at home for the past two-and-a-half seasons.

Relishing the opportunity to play against one of the countries top youth teams, Butterfield is mindful of Chelsea's quality, but will take confidence from the earlier 4-0 victory over the Blues at Staplewood.  

"We've got a relatively strong squad to chose from, so we're looking forward to it," he said.

"Chelsea have a great record, three years unbeaten at home, and they're a very strong team. Full of internationals.

"It will be very tough, but we're the only team in the country this season to beat them. We go there with the belief that we're capable of getting a result.

"The lads performed really well on the day [during the victory over Chelsea at Staplewood]. I'm sure that they can take confidence from that, but it'll be a different breed at their place.

"They're all playing individually well, and there's no reason why that unbeaten run cannot be extended. We're hoping for it to continue, but mindful of the calibre of opposition."

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