Monday 17 March
Reading U18 2:3 Chelsea U18
Back to winning ways for the club and a very good win away to Reading for the youth team. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Reece Mitchell gave us a 0-2 lead but it took a Charly Musonda strike to win the points after the hosts hoisted themselves back into the contest.
Tuesday 18 March
Chelsea 2:0 Galatasaray
A comfortable and professional performance from Chelsea sent everyone home happy. Well, Didier Drogba would have liked a spectacular goal on his homecoming but had to content himself with a free-kick that boomed so far over the bar it hit the Drogba Legend banner in the Matthew Harding – he must have meant that.
Mancini has never beaten Mourinho and Samuel Eto’o shredded whatever plan he came with by latching on to a neat Hazard/Oscar passing move and finishing via a deflection across he ’keeper after only four minutes. 1-0.
We had chances to bury the tie before half-time as breaks came thick and fast but final passes and shooting were poor. John Terry even ran in the volley a free-kick over the bar before, just on the break, his header from a corner was lashed in by Gary Cahill. 2-0.
The second-half could again have produced another hatful but was most notable for the Chelsea out singing the Turkish fans who came in boisterous mood and created the expected cacophony only to drowned out in the end by the home choirs. Well done everyone, more of the same.
It was a bit of a tearful night for many seeing Didier back and many of the players were clearly arranging the post match catch up during the game. Some even suggested that the tributes to the Drog might have been an elaborate ruse to distract his attention form scoring. Mourinho’s art would be truly dark indeed if it were true.
Wednesday 19 March
The FA charged Jose Mourinho with misconduct. You guessed it, that foying funt of a referee named only Jose for encroaching on the playing area and ignored the presence of about a dozen other people from both benches.
It is likely that Jose will have to pay a fine. Chris Foy’s punishment has not yet been announced. A referee who shows such callous bias and utter contempt can usually expect a hefty nothing of a punishment from the authorities. Arrogant and stuck firmly up their own Chis Foys doesn’t really describe them.
Friday 21 March
Manchester United U21 0:0 Chelsea U21
A good few chances and few scares for the U21s as Marco van Ginkel played the second-half a little gingerly but he came through it. He actually had a couple of chances to win the match.
Zlatan almighty it is Paris St. Germain. The draw for the quarter-final of the European Cup see us in Paris on Wednesday 2 April at the Parc des Princes. Considering Manchester United drew Munich and we couldn’t have drawn a better side, Zlatan aside.
Spain will be hanging on the Barcelona/Atlético match up. Thibaut Courtois side have out performed Barça in the league this season. Real Madrid have Borussia Dortmund with a tricky trip to Germany in the second-leg. You could say that all of the ties were poised.
Jose Mourinho will contest the FA’s jumped-up charge of setting fire to Chris Foy and then failing to urinate on him until the official was extinguished.
Saturday 22 March
Chelsea 6:0 Arsenal
What better way to welcome spring into your heart than thrashing Mr Wenger on the happy occasion of his 1,000th game in charge of the gunners. His 500th game in charge ended in defeat to a Didier Drogba goal back in 2005.
This game got off to a cracking start as Wenger’s team learned nothing from their defeats at Man City and Liverpool. Chelsea pressed high up the field as the reds and sky blues had and with the same result. Eto’o was in on goal with only a few minutes on the clock with Szczesny quick off his line. It was a foretaste of the whole afternoon. Arsenal did bring a save from Petr Cech before Schürrle broke, fed Eto’o who cut back onto his left foot and curled the ball into the far corner. 1-0.
Schürrle enjoyed that so much he did the same moments later. This time Cahill fed the ball forward and the German used Eto’o’s run to distract the defence and found the exact same spot in the net from the same place on the pitch. 2-0.
Arsène Wenger did not look happy – 1000 games and this was happening to him all over again – Eto’o limped out with a muscle strain. His replacement, Fernando Torres, led a break, laid the ball off for Eden Hazard to have a shot wide. And that should have been that but for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to dive to his left to tip the ball round with his outstretched hand. A penalty was the correct result but the referee, the hapless Andre Mariner, showed a red card to Kieran Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain. There will be a fuss.
Whatever, Hazard dispatched the spot-kick. 3-0.
We started to take the mick and celebrated Arsène’s anniversary for him.
Torres broke a squared for Oscar to lift into the net. 4-0. It was the best tasting metaphorical Bovril for a good while.
The second-half was always going to fall a little flat in terms of goals for but the party atmosphere kept rolling round the ground. Arsenal actually managed a shot just wide to remind us that they had originally come here this afternoon to play football. But it took a snap shot from Oscar to remind them what had happened, the ball bounced in front of the hapless Szczesny and he could only palm he ball in. 5-0.
Mohamed Salah came on, bent his run perfectly behind the high-line Arsenal are still trying to hold and left the ’keeper on his arse. 6-0.
There was time for a few more but Chelsea under Mourinho are so dour and professional they like to see out games and win by narrow margins.
One team in London seemed to sum it up perfectly.
Chelsea U18 2:0 West Bromwich Albion U18
A goal in each half was the very least we deserved from a 2-0 shellacking handed to the Baggies. We hit the woodwork four times before Charley Colkett opened the scoring and could have had a hatful more before Fankaty Dabo confirmed the win.
In the evening – after Fulham had given back five of the goals we’d chipped out of Manchester City’s goal difference – Thorgan Hazard and Zulte Waregem played and, sadly, lost the Belgian cup final. Thorgan had looked the best player in Belgium before Christmas but things have not been going so well since. It is, perhaps, a case of too much football for the youngster.