Monday 24 March
The FA compounded the absurdity of Marriner sending off the wrong man by swapping the red card from Kieran Gibbs to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but then letting off the latter completely because the law states a player must have prevented a goal and Eden Hazard’s shot was going wide.
A clearer intent to cheat than diving full length to handball is rare in football and yet Willian missed the game because a referee booked him for nothing.
Once again there is one rule for the some; you can bet that if Oxlade-Chamberlain transferred to Stoke City he’d be cooling his heels for three matches. Ultimately it is the FA that brings the game into disrepute but how to charge them?
Tuesday 25 March
Fulham U18 0:0 Chelsea U18
Chelsea fielded the schoolboys again and had the better chances against a strong Fulham team who had the weekend off. Adi Viveash spoke proudly of the effort his side put in ahead of a game against Manchester United at the weekend.
The first team at Old Trafford lost to city rivals City in another disjointed display. It was difficult to weigh the desire to see City beaten to help our title cause with the desire to see Old Trafford’s nose rubbed in years of underinvestment and over reliance on a successful but elderly manager.
Titles are already being handed out: Bayern München secured the Bundesliga with seven games left in their season tonight with a 1-3 win against Hertha Berlin..
Wednesday 26 March
Anything Munich can do Glasgow can do too: Celtic are crowned champions before the clocks go back with a hefty 5-1 win at Partick Thistle.
Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois and Atlético Madrid are on course for the title as Real Madrid lost, to Marco Marin inspired Sevilla, and their city rivals won. Atlético are now a point ahead of Barcelona.
Friday 28 March
Chelsea U21 1:0 Blackburn Rovers U21
Islam Feruz reminded a few of his attacking power with the goal and Marco van Ginkel played another hour of his comeback without damage.
Saturday 29 March
Crystal Palace 1:0 Chelsea
The now usual poor away performance was capped by a John Terry own goal, 1-0, as our South London neighbours hoisted themselves away from the drop. Jose did not mince his words afterwards: “Now it is impossible to win the title, we depend too much on other results.”
We were disjointed and sloppy with our passing throughout and Palace were organised and up for it. This was exactly the kind of directionless performance we criticised Villas-Boas or Scolari for producing. The side turns up with a sense of entitlement and is surprised by a bright and attack minded opponent. Tony Pulis always sorts out sides and makes them in his own style. This was never going to be a stroll but we turned up with the wrong attitude.
We mustered a few chances but Torres looked short of confidence again and the Palace defence bottled up our front three with little difficulty. The one brilliant effort from Hazard was acrobatically denied and that was that.
Lets just hope the real Chelsea turn up for the flight to Paris or the season could be over this week.
Manchester United U18 1:1 Chelsea U18
Jordan Houghton blasted one in from 25-yards to give us a first-half lead but a point was a fair result as Chelsea’s schoolboys continue to punch above their weight.
Sunday 30 March
Liverpool knocked us off the top of the league as Tottenham Hotspur went there and lay down in customary fashion. The bean counters who run Spurs really didn’t know what they were doing when they replaced the manager earlier in the season with one with no experience.
On the loan front Patrick Bamford has been pulling up trees at Derby. Having scored the 100th goal by all of the on-loan Chelsea players during the week, he scored his seventh for Derby and 24th in total as the Rams beat Charlton.
Thorgan Hazard netted a penalty on his 21st birthday as the Belgian play=offs started with a 0-3 win for Zulte Waregem over Genk. The Essevee are still licking their wounds after losing the cup final last week.
You used to get a cream from the doctor for Genk.