Monday 16 July – Daniel Sturridge is being assessed by Team GB medicos after presenting himself as fit for the games after viral meningitis. The Chelsea doctors are happy that he is well but will have to prove he can get fit in the shrinking timeframe.
Tuesday 17 July
Oscar is in town having a medical. That should mean that he is on his way for anything up to £25m from Internacional. He could just be in town for the Olympics but it will give us all an extra reason to sit in doors and watch the Olympic competition. Oscar is 20 and an exciting attacking midfielder. He is not however, a right-back and we need one of those.
Gazprom are to be our official oil and gas partners for the next three years as the milking of the brand continues. You can’t complain while it brings in players as exciting as Hazard, Marin and Oscar.
Wednesday 18 July
Seattle Sounders 2:4 Chelsea
A great way to start the tour games with everyone getting a run at some stage and the passing looking fast and accurate from the off. Romelu Lukaku started as the spearhead and played as if born to it. The opening goal came after only a few minutes with McEachran holding off a tackle to slide in Lukaku who rode a challenge and finished across the goalkeeper. 0-1.
Marko Marin and Eden Hazard both looked sharp but it was Hazard who dribbled towards goal and had his shot deflected for the second. 0-2.
Josh will not be so delighted with his next touch as he clumsyed the ball to Fredy Montero to pull one back. 1-2.
Seattle, who are in the midst of their own season looked sharper at times and Montero levelled when Mauro Rosales picked him out among dozing defenders. 2-2.
Marko Marin looks £7m well spent as he cut in onto his right foot from the left, drove at goal and scored with a low hard and, yes, deflected shot. 2-3. He followed that up by slotting another ball for Lukaku who rounded the ’keeper to score. 2-4.
That all the goals were in the first-half wasn’t the fault of the second-half team. Kevin De Bryne had the best chance of the second period, fed by Lampard, but the young Belgian placed his effort wide. There were debuts for Todd Kane, George Saville and Lucas Piazon but the game trailed off with substitutions breaking up any pattern.
An excellent start; Roberto Di Matteo said he was happy that the youngsters played well and praised the combination play of the new boys. They will be more tested by Carlo Ancelotti’s Paris St Germain in New York at the weekend.
Friday 20 July
Both Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand were given starts in the Olympic warm up against Brazil. Someone at the games decided to dress the home nation in the Nazi costumes left over from Escape to Victory. But then the whole show looks like it’s covered in Barbie vomit in pink and puce – the doll, not Klaus.
Oscar looked a prospect: neat and imaginative with an eye for a shot.
Chelsea U18 2:3 Arsenal U18
This was another warm-up with everyone getting some playing time, still a scoreline that rankles. Goals from Colombian Joao Rodriguez, 16 and banging in goals for Chelsea – enough to make you feel old.
Saturday 21 July
Chelsea U18 4:0 Bristol City U18
To dispel some of the gloom of yesterday’s result the U18s walloped poor Bristol. Jeremie Boga scored two and Walter Figueira and George Cole got the others. Most of the squad got a run with fitness still the priority.
The U18 set up move abroad for an international tour of Thailand and Malaysia. Yes, even the U18 get to tour ahead of a tournament at Old Trafford.
Sunday 22 July
Chelsea U21 2:3 TSV 1860 München
Scant details as always on the friendly they try to keep quiet. Up in the Austrian hills the U21 side are enjoying a bit of pre-season away from prying eyes. Scorers were Adam Nditi and Adam Coombes but that is your lot.
Paris Saint-Germain 1:1 Chelsea
Up in the Bronx they’ve laid a pitch inside the Yankee Stadium for the European champions to play football but this was an uncomfortable night as PSG looked stronger and created a hatful of chances to our handful.
They took the lead in the first-half when Javier Pastore wriggled into the box but his effort was cleared as far as Nene whose shot went in off Luiz. 1-0. Frank Lampard’s ultra long range free-kick was our only attempt on target in the half.
Cech, Hutchinson, Cahill, Ferreira, Mikel, Hazard and Lukaku all played for the first hour as pre-season gets tough but it was the Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazon who finally netted as he played a neat lay-off to Ramires who found him charging into the box and finishing smartly. 1-1.
We had a chance to win it but then PSG had three chances to win it. More good exercise for a squad shaking the rust out of their system and first action for John Terry.
Only Torres and the Olympians are away now and the Spaniard will be joining the squad later this week.