Monday 26 August
Manchester United 0:0 Chelsea
An early title clash probably didn’t suit either manager or Wayne Rooney so the result seemed forgone before a kick was made in anger.
Jose played Andre Schürrle alone up front and he took to the task of closing down the United defence rather than attacking them.
Neither half had significant chances but Oscar managed to stab one goalwards in the first-half and Gary Cahill nearly thrashed ball and ’keeper into the net in the second.
Most attention seemed to be on Rooney who ignored all the songs and calmly passed the ball to Petr Cech instead of scoring.
The referee, for once, decided that ball had struck hand when United whined for a penalty. Perhaps Ferguson’s ghost was heard laughing; after all, you need to earn that kind of favouritism.
Both managers got what they wanted. If the game had been in April with two point between the sides it might have been a better match but in August a point will do.
Petr Cech’s 200th clean sheet for Chelsea; the Cat had 208.
Tuesday 27 August
Norwich City U18 1:1 Chelsea U18
The first dropped points for the youth team as a George Cole opened the scoring but we couldn’t build on that opening against last year’s FA Youth Cup final opponents.
Wayne Rooney is going to stay at United. He let it be known that he will not submit a written transfer request and after Jose’s comments last night about the ball being in the England striker’s court, that would appear to be the end of that.
Still a week until the close of the transfer window so there is time for a change of heart.
Wednesday 28 August
Willian is a Chelsea player. He signed a five-year deal after receiving a work permit. Spurs gave him a medical last week but it appears that Roman Abramovich picked up the phone to Anzhi Makhachkala owner Suleyman Kerimov and a deal was struck.
Expect Spurs target Erik Lamela at Cobham later in the week.
The League Cup draw spat out Swindon away. With Manchester United drawing Liverpool our game with Swindon will be highlights only. Ties to be played 24-25 September.
Thursday 29 August
Chelsea will play Schalke, Basel and Steaua Bucharest in group E of this year’s Champions League. Chelsea officials were seen smiling from ear to ear after last season’s failure this was the best of all possible draws. Basel and Steaua were both overcome on our way to the Uefa Cup last season.
Manchester City will play Bayern München, CSKA Moscow and Pizen. United have an easy one against Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad, while Arsenal will play Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Napoli. Celtic topped the lot with Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax of Amsterdam; odds on the Bhoys are set to be astronomical.
Samuel Eto’o is now a Chelsea player as we pick up the bits from the financial collapse of Anzhi Makhachkala. We paid £5m for the 32-year-old striker and have given him a one-year deal. It is not clear if a couple of years in Russian football will have dull his instincts but Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku will be hoping.
Richard Attenborough is 90 today. We congratulate one of our longest serving and most diplomatic fans.
Steve Holland has been invited to coach the England U21 side as assistant to new manager Gareth Southgate.
Friday 30 August
FC Bayern München 2:2 Chelsea
(aet: Bayern won 5-4 on penalties)
Nobody expected a brilliant match in the Super Cup but Chelsea and their Bavarian friends served up a corking match.
Everyone consoled and sympathised with Romelu Lukaku at the end as two hours a thrilling, at times breathtaking, football was decided by a lottery. Still, having beaten them on penalties for the one with big ears you could let have this one.
The night started, according to the media, not with a football match but a straight fight between Mourinho and Guardiola. Strangely a game broke out while the press watched the benches and we raced into a lead. As always with Guardiola sides it was difficult to get the ball but when we did Hazard broke through the middle, fed Schürrle who pulled the ball back for Torres to crack into the top corner. 0-1.
It was a sweeping movement of sheer class and from that moment on the night was a spectacle of brilliant attacking and equally fine defending.
The referee found time to book Gary Cahill after his arm harmlessly and accidentally made contact with Müller’s head. It was startling in that several of Bayern’s defenders had gone straight through Torres with no intention of getting the ball and hadn’t even been pulled up for a foul.
Almost all of Bayern’s first-half attacking involved Frank Ribery cutting inside and firing hopelessly wide. Petr Cech had to get a glove on one of their efforts in 45-minutes. David Alaba was making the space for Ribery by flying down the wing outside him but it all came to nothing.
Which is why Ribery came squarer at the start of the second-half and blasted past Cech at his near post. 1-1.
We struggled to make clear chances as Bayern dominated the ball early in the second period but when they did hand the ball to Schürrle Oscar somehow found the ’keeper not the net. David Luiz was then booked as Mandzukic backed into him. Giving a clear indication which way the Swedish referee saw the game.
His priorities became clearer when he sent of Ramires. He’d booked the Brazilian for a slight contact on the diving Ribery – he kicked his own trailing leg – the ref then showed a second yellow following a tackle where Ramires won the ball and then made contact with Mario Götze. It was an aberrant decision that Mourinho slated after the match.
We soldiered on Ivanovic hit the bar with a late header and David Luiz smashed another too close to Manuel Neuer.
The referee couldn’t stop us showing Bayern up in extra time as Hazard cut in and thrashed the ball past Neuer. 1-2
We obviously suffered from both lack of numbers and fatigue towards the end as Cech stood in the way of waves of Bavarian attacks but somehow the ball broke for them with the very last kick. Frank Lampard’s clearance was blocked and fell for Javi Martinez to bundle home. 2-2.
The penalties were stacked against us after that late goal. At the Bayern end with Munich going first. Thank you referee your cheque is in the post
Earlier in the day Nathanial Chalobah signed a new deal with the club until 2018.
Saturday 31 August
Everton U18 3:2 Chelsea U18
The first set back for the youngsters as Fankaty Dabo first equalised for us and was then given a straight red card. A late penalty from Kasey Palmer was always too little too late.
It will be interesting to see how well the bounce back from a disappointing afternoon.