Antonio Conte
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Chelsea made history during their 3-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues are not renown for integrating younger players into the first-team squad. In fact, it has been one of the club’s major failures throughout Roman Abramovich’s reign as club owner.

However, Andreas Christensen returned from his two-year loan stint with Borussia Monchengladbach a far more refined player that when he departed, and fast poached David Luiz’s starting spot in the middle of the back three.

Christensen against Spurs
Andreas Christensen’s stellar performances for Chelsea this term have ousted David Luiz.

Sunday’s fixture with Newcastle provided Antonio Conte with an ideal opportunity to give the youngsters a chance to shine, and he did.

Conte brought on both Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi as substitutes, with his side already holding a comfortable 3-0 lead. We became the first English top-flight side to have more than one player born in the 21st century on the field in a domestic match.

It’s a big moment for our academy, even if Ampadu isn’t home-grown, and bodes well for the future.

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