Villa U19 2-0 Chelsea U19: Carruthers - Trophy means so much
Samir Carruthers spoke of his immense pride at lifting the NextGen Series trophy as Villa captain.
Carruthers held the trophy proudly aloft at the Stadio Giuseppe Sinigaglia after Villa's brilliant 2-0 final victory over Chelsea.
The 19-year-old midfielder insisted "I couldn't be any prouder" after leading the team the European glory.
And Carruthers was quick to pay tribute to his team-mates for their commitment to the cause - from goalkeeper Brad Watkins who made key first-half saves to Graham Burke who scores the decisive goals.
"We've been working hard for so long to get here and win this trophy," said Carruthers.
"It means a lot to every single player in this changing room.
"Every player in the team, everyone on the bench - everybody has been supportive.
"Our parents and families too, we've just done it all for them."
Carruthers reckons the contribution of Watkins during a testing first period laid the foundations for Villa's triumph.
"Football is not just about attacking," he said.
"You have defenders, midfielders and strikers and it is not just about scoring goals.
"You have to be able to go and put your body on the line and I thought Brad in goal was absolutely outstanding.
"If it wasn't for him Chelsea would have scored a few.
"And if it wasn't for Rickie clearing the ball off the line when it was rolling in - he did so well to get back.
"Every single player was outstanding. I couldn't be more proud and I'm just happy that we won the trophy."
He also hailed the composure of Burke, who calmly slotted away two penalties to clinch the title for Tony McAndrew's team.
"I knew he was going to put them away. He has never failed under pressure, he is so calm," added the midfielder.
"He scored the first one and then when Josh went down for the second one I knew it was going in.
"It was just good that he scored both of them because we've won this trophy now."
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