Monday 2 August
Gaël Kakuta won the golden ball by Uefa, as the best player in the recent U19 European championship.
Daniel Philliskirk will spend the next month at Oxford United. The 19 year old signed for us from Oldham in 2007 and has yet to make the first team. Daniel has turned himself into a versatile midfielder and it will be interesting to see how Oxford us him.
Yawn, only just under a week until football starts again and still the deadly dull summer transfer crap is everywhere after the Frankfurt game Carlo was asked, again, about Ashley Cole joining Real Madrid and he rebuffed the story, again, and said Ash was going nowhere, again, and the truth is, again, that we’ll not know until the transfer window closes.
Tuesday 3 August
Ramires is on the verge of signing from Benfica, according to the usual suspects. Ramires Santos do Nascimento is 23 and played for Brazil in the World Cup. Dunga actually said Ramires’s suspension was the cause of Brazil’s quarter-final defeat.
Benfica’s president, Luis Felipe Vieira, admitted that 80% of the sporting rights to Ramires are owned by Kia Joorabchian and Pini Zahavi, the usual suspects, but we should be fine as long as we pay Benfica the £18m and let them sort out which percentage goes where.
Ramires is a defensive midfielder and he should bring a more direct attacking style than Obi John.
There will be work permit delays because Ramires has not played 75% of Brazil’s games but he should get a special dispensation.
Wednesday 4 August
Hamburger SV 2:1 Chelsea
“Ah for those long lost days of summer struggle when our defenders and ’keepers committed calamitous errors seemingly for fun.”
Everyone is fighting for fitness at the moment and the results don’t mean a great deal, but the pattern of sloppiness at the back is a worry ahead of the new season as is our inability to fashion scoring chances. Again in this match we created a handful of early shots for Lampard and little else. Frank’s goal came after a defensive lapse gifted possession to Essien, who has been full of running. 0-1.
The second-half rounds of substitutions threw the rhythm as usual but Zhirkov’s comical back pass allowed Mladen Petrić in to lob Turnbull. 1-1.
They won it at the end when Min Son danced into the box and slotted with everyone in black and orange admiring the footwork. 2-1.
Ancelotti sounded tired of the problem: “We are in a moment where we are making some mistakes and usually this team is more in focus. We are losing some concentration. In the past, the defence gives us a lot of confidence so I think we will get our concentration back. We have made mistakes so we have to show more character.”
Meanwhile England’s Under 21 squad will include Jack Cork, Michael Mancienne, Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand for the friendly against Uzbekistan next week.
Woking 1:0 Chelsea IX
Another defeat and another weak display from the reserves. Ex blue Lenny Pidgeley was in goal for the Cards and a young depleted Chelsea squad exerted some early pressure with Jack Cork and Connor Clifford having early chances saved. Steve Holland only had 15 players available for this match and it showed. Goalkeepers were in very short supply handing a cap to young Jamal Blackman who did creditably well with a few shots.
Another old boy was Sam Hurrell, if you remember Football Icon 1.
Joe McNerney headed in a corner for the umpteenth goal we’ve conceded from set plays in pre-season.
Thursday 5 August
Left-backs Ryan Bertrand and Ben Gordon are both out on loan. Bertrand at Nottingham Forest with Gordon going abroad, well, Kilmarnock. Both loans are until the new year.
You can now officially raise a glass of Singha and be supporting the team. The Thai beer company have become platinum partners (whatever that is) and for the next four years all you’ll be able to drink at the ground will be the full bodied and rather sweet lager. Enjoy.
Saturday 7 August
Chelsea youth 3:2 Wycombe Wanderers youth
A win. For the first time in an age a Chelsea team has managed a win. This was a raw looking young squad with John Swift stepping up from the excellent Milk Cup winning schoolboy squad. The first goal was a bit of a gift a soggy ball squirming in off a soggy goalkeeper, and we fell 1-2 down by the interval before Milan Lalkovic and Bobby Devyne score to secure the win.
The football league is off and running some of our loan boys have already tasted some action. Daniel Philliskirk played the last half-hour of Oxford’s 0-0 away to Burton Albion. Ryan Bertrand played the whole game for Forest as they fell 1-0 at Burnley.
The England squad announced today keeps the Chelsea boys in but drops ten of the South Africa squad.
Sunday 8 August
Chelsea 1:3 Manchester United
A poor pre-season comes to an ignoble end with a tired looking Chelsea succumbing weakly to United. They simply waited for the chance to break and took their opportunities well. John Terry wasn’t at the races and the squad as a whole looked sluggish and a few weeks off true fitness.
Given the state of the players it was encouraging that so many in blue came through the whole match. We did our fair share of attacking and at our best we looked as threatening as the end of last term. Kalou’s goal aside we forced saves from van Der Sar towards the end but to no avail.
Manchester United looked sharp.
Fabio Capello looked a bit of a clown at the end, first Ashley Cole walked straight past him ignoring the proffered handshake then the big Italian came face to face with Michael Carrick who played 70 minutes despite United telling the England manager he was injured and was withdrawn from the squad. Capello clearly asked Carrick why he’d not had the courtesy to call. Earlier in the day Paul Robinson and Wes Brown both retired from international football leaving Capello’s first post World Cup squad in tatters and his reputation further down he toilet.
Chelsea reserves 4:1 Manchester United reserves
The first positive result for the reserves in a while was really impressive if you consider the United side contained Gary Neville, Danny Welbeck, Rodrigo Possebon and Ritchie de Laet, while ours had five youth team players.
United’s Welbeck put them in front before Fabio Borini scored two to give us the lead at the break.
Late goals from Josh McEachran, who pulled the strings like a master again, and Billy Clifford sealed the victory.