Monday 21 April
Samuel Eto’o will miss Atlético with a knee problem but Cech and Hazard both trained as normal after missing Sunderland. Ivanovic is suspended and Salah and Matic cup-tied but apart form that we are taking a healthy squad.

Team celebrate against Atletico
Team celebrate against Atletico

Tuesday 22 April
Atlético Madrid 0:0 Chelsea
A huge and inconclusive night at the Vicente Calderon. We lined up in the most defensive formation seen since Ian Porterfield and yet still could have nicked the tie.
Oscar and Schürrle both started on the bench as Jose adopted 4-3-3 with Willian and Ramires in the wide positions and Frank, David and Obi John in the middle. Torres on his return to his boyhood club was completely isolated.
Bad things started happening early; Cech was injured – it looked a dislocated shoulder that will take time to repair – and Mark Schwarzer came on to replace him. It turns out giving the big Australian a sharpener at the weekend was a good move as he looked calm and in control; plucking crosses out of the night sky and turning round the only two dangerous shots. The rest of their attacking threat came from a series of headers all ballooned over the bar.
We then lost Frank Lampard and Obi John to yellow cards and suspensions for he next leg. Before John Terry limped out of the action after his foot buckled under him.
We only had the occasional sight of goal. In the first-half when Ramires broke and it looked for all the world like his goal at the Camp Nou was on the cards – only this time his mind seemed stuck between shot and cross and the ball managed neither.
Torres wriggled his way through a crowd in the second-half but abandoned his usual tactic of playing in a colleague for an ambitious shot and Courtois claimed.
For some reason we allowed David Luiz to continue to take free-kicks so a late chance went high and wide and that was that. Mourinho will be very concerned with the numbers he has lost for the next leg. Atlético will be convinced they can score in the return. The tie remains on a knife-edge but we became the first team to stop them scoring in Europe this season, so that is something.
Jose said afterwards that with the return leg so close to Sunday’s trip to Anfield he will be forced to rest players. With only the walking wounded available, it could be a scratch side drawn from the U21 squad.

Earlier in the day Manchester United sacked David Moyes after a poor season trying to whip the dregs that Ferguson left behind into a team. That task will now fall to another.
Leicester City clinched the Championship title with a 0-1 at Bolton.

Arsenal U21 1:2 Chelsea U21
Dermot Drummy will be pleased as punch to finish the league section on top of the pile. Goals from the ever reliable John Swift and Lewis Baker dragged us back from a goal down to qualify as top seeds for the play-offs.
For everyone with shredded nerves from earlier in Spain this was a driven and professional display. If Jose Mourinho needs players for Anfield a few here would be able to make the step up.

Wednesday 23 April
Chelsea’s hierarchy have cleared Jose to field a weakened team on Sunday. The decision seemed relatively straight forward, as we have a shot at the Champions League final or a chance to help Manchester City. We should expect no favours from City if ever the situation is reversed.
The FA have charged Jose Mourinho along with Rui Faria and Ramires with misconduct after the farce against Sunderland. Rui Faria reacted angrily to the absurdity of the penalty award. Ramires reacted to the absurdity of a non-penalty award and Jose was charged for being sarcastic. Sarcasm is usually a difficult case in legal circles but this is not a legal process – all three have been found guilty already the FA are merely deciding on the punishment. Remember the FA’s independent panel enjoys the same 99.8% conviction rate as the North Korean bench.
Meanwhile, Bavaria Munich arrived in Spain with an attacking intent, had 79% possession and lost 1-0 to Real. All the critics of Chelsea’s defensive formation will now of course change their minds and admit that not losing is probably the better outcome but then they still think that was a penalty on Saturday.

Thursday 24 April
Network Rail would be proud of the service as Ramires is railroaded out of the rest of the domestic season within 24-hours of being charged. Remember in February the panel established that violent conduct charges apply to all except Yaya Toure. The Man City midfielder is free to kick whom he likes.
Ramires will not appeal.
Our old friends at Benfica moved a step closer to breaking the curse of Bela Guttmann by beating Juventus 2-1 in the first-leg of the Uefa Cup semi.

Friday 25 April
Tito Villanova lost his fight with cancer and leaves us aged just 45. The former Barcelona coach won the league in his season in charge but had to retire from the game because of the disease. Jose sent everyone’s condolences to his family and friends.
Jose then refused to name his side for Sunday at today’s press conference and complained that he is not free to speak as the FA interpret everything he says as dissent.
Yeovil finally bit the bullet as Brighton beat them to move into the play-off places. Yeovil’s brief stay in the second tier will have strengthened the club and they’ll be challenging for promotion again next season.

Saturday 26 April
Chelsea U18 0:4 Manchester City U18
The first shellacking for any Chelsea team this season came as we entertained a strong City side ahead of the youth cup final on Monday. Joe Edwards the U16 manager took this game and couldn’t hide his disappointment as a team with six U15s showed their inexperience against a side challenging for the title.
Everton’s surprise 2-0 defeat at Southampton means we have qualified for the Champions League next season.
Fairground ups and downs in the football league today as Barnsley lost 3-1 to Middlesbrough with Kenneth Omeruo and Nat Chalobah both featuring. Birmingham, Millwall, Doncaster or Charlton are in line for the next place in the down elevator.
Stevenage and Shrewsbury slipped out of league one this week but there was happier news for Rochdale and Scunthorpe who both made the trip up today. Scunthorpe have been a regular good omen for Chelsea success in the past few years as their promotions coincide with our silverware.
Meanwhile Torquay fell off the pyramid at the bottom and will spend at least a season in the Skrill.

Jose celebrates against Liverpool
Jose celebrates against Liverpool

Sunday 27 April
Liverpool 0:2 Chelsea
Whenever this Chelsea side meet an irresistible force they seem to prevail. Brendan Rodgers complained that we had parked two busses but with a makeshift defence and a Champions League game on Wednesday we had little choice but to control the game and set a conundrum Anfield could not crack.
Jose had threatened to play the youth team if you read the papers but it was a much changed Chelsea. Ivanovic and the excellent Tomas Kalas in for the injured Terry and rested Cahill made up the middle of defence. Obi John, Lampard and Matic made up shield with Salah and Schürrle wide and Ba selected up front.
Liverpool have been tearing into teams in the first-half this season but a determined defensive performance meant they only had one opening when Mamadou Sakho clumped over.
Steven Gerrard was in much more generous mood as he miscontrolled and then slipped to allow Demba Ba to race through on goal. The big Senegalese ate up the ground so quickly there was barely enough time to think before the ball was in the back of the net. 0-1. In a neat touch of irony the goal came deep into the time the referee had been adding on for our deliberate and slow approach to all throws and free-kicks.
Half-time whizzed past and Liverpool were at it again. They had the ball, ending the match with over 70% possession, but no penetration. Mark Schwarzer had one save to make in the second-half when Joe Allen’s volley needed turning round the post.
As the game reached its death throws Torres, as substitute for the hard working Ba, and Willian broke. The former Liverpool man played in the Brazilian and for all the volleys, diving headers, penalties, intricate team goals, sometimes the best goal of the weekend needs just walking into an empty net. 0-2.
Liverpool’s fans sang their hearts out but the whistle put them out of their misery moments later.
Jose had a bad cold in the build-up to this match and travelled separately so as not to infect anyone – he looked ten-years older – he again refused to include us in any title shake up because both City and Liverpool have to slip up and both have better goal difference.
Tomas Kalas can be very proud of his first appearance but it would be wrong not to congratulate the team as a whole. Schürrle, Salah, and BA were excellent in keeping the threat of a break going and in covering back.
In the evening at the PFA awards dinner Eden Hazard was voted young player of the year. Gary Cahill and Petr Cech made the team of the year alongside the Belgian.

Monday 21 April
Samuel Eto’o will miss Atlético with a knee problem but Cech and Hazard both trained as normal after missing Sunderland. Ivanovic is suspended and Salah and Matic cup-tied but apart form that we are taking a healthy squad.

Tuesday 22 April
Atlético Madrid 0:0 Chelsea
A huge and inconclusive night at the Vicente Calderon. We lined up in the most defensive formation seen since Ian Porterfield and yet still could have nicked the tie.

Oscar and Schürrle both started on the bench as Jose adopted 4-3-3 with Willian and Ramires in the wide positions and Frank, David and Obi John in the middle. Torres on his return to his boyhood club was completely isolated.

Bad things started happening early; Cech was injured – it looked a dislocated shoulder that will take time to repair – and Mark Schwarzer came on to replace him. It turns out giving the big Australian a sharpener at the weekend was a good move as he looked calm and in control; plucking crosses out of the night sky and turning round the only two dangerous shots. The rest of their attacking threat came from a series of headers all ballooned over the bar.

We then lost Frank Lampard and Obi John to yellow cards and suspensions for he next leg. Before John Terry limped out of the action after his foot buckled under him.

We only had the occasional sight of goal. In the first-half when Ramires broke and it looked for all the world like his goal at the Camp Nou was on the cards – only this time his mind seemed stuck between shot and cross and the ball managed neither.

Torres wriggled his way through a crowd in the second-half but abandoned his usual tactic of playing in a colleague for an ambitious shot and Courtois claimed.

For some reason we allowed David Luiz to continue to take free-kicks so a late chance went high and wide and that was that. Mourinho will be very concerned with the numbers he has lost for the next leg. Atlético will be convinced they can score in the return. The tie remains on a knife-edge but we became the first team to stop them scoring in Europe this season, so that is something.

Jose said afterwards that with the return leg so close to Sunday’s trip to Anfield he will be forced to rest players. With only the walking wounded available, it could be a scratch side drawn from the U21 squad.

Earlier in the day Manchester United sacked David Moyes after a poor season trying to whip the dregs that Ferguson left behind into a team. That task will now fall to another.

LeicesterCity clinched the Championship title with a 0-1 at Bolton.

Arsenal U21 1:2 Chelsea U21
Dermot Drummy will be pleased as punch to finish the league section on top of the pile. Goals from the ever reliable John Swift and Lewis Baker dragged us back from a goal down to qualify as top seeds for the play-offs.

For everyone with shredded nerves from earlier in Spain this was a driven and professional display. If Jose Mourinho needs players for Anfield a few here would be able to make the step up.

Wednesday 23 April
Chelsea’s hierarchy have cleared Jose to field a weakened team on Sunday. The decision seemed relatively straight forward, as we have a shot at the Champions League final or a chance to help ManchesterCity. We should expect no favours from City if ever the situation is reversed.

The FA have charged Jose Mourinho along with Rui Faria and Ramires with misconduct after the farce against Sunderland. Rui Faria reacted angrily to the absurdity of the penalty award. Ramires reacted to the absurdity of a non-penalty award and Jose was charged for being sarcastic. Sarcasm is usually a difficult case in legal circles but this is not a legal process – all three have been found guilty already the FA are merely deciding on the punishment. Remember the FA’s independent panel enjoys the same 99.8% conviction rate as the North Korean bench.

Meanwhile, Bavaria Munich arrived in Spain with an attacking intent, had 79% possession and lost 1-0 to Real. All the critics of Chelsea’s defensive formation will now of course change their minds and admit that not losing is probably the better outcome but then they still think that was a penalty on Saturday.

Thursday 24 April
Network Rail would be proud of the service as Ramires is railroaded out of the rest of the domestic season within 24-hours of being charged. Remember in February the panel established that violent conduct charges apply to all except Yaya Toure. The ManCity midfielder is free to kick whom he likes.

Ramires will not appeal.

Our old friends at Benfica moved a step closer to breaking the curse of Bela Guttmann by beating Juventus 2-1 in the first-leg of the Uefa Cup semi.

Friday 25 April
Tito Villanova lost his fight with cancer and leaves us aged just 45. The former Barcelona coach won the league in his season in charge but had to retire from the game because of the disease. Jose sent everyone’s condolences to his family and friends.

Jose then refused to name his side for Sunday at today’s press conference and complained that he is not free to speak as the FA interpret everything he says as dissent.

Yeovil finally bit the bullet as Brighton beat them to move into the play-off places. Yeovil’s brief stay in the second tier will have strengthened the club and they’ll be challenging for promotion again next season.

Saturday 26 April
Chelsea U18 0:4 Manchester City U18

The first shellacking for any Chelsea team this season came as we entertained a strong City side ahead of the youth cup final on Monday. Joe Edwards the U16 manager took this game and couldn’t hide his disappointment as a team with six U15s showed their inexperience against a side challenging for the title.

Everton’s surprise 2-0 defeat at Southampton means we have qualified for the Champions League next season.

Fairground ups and downs in the football league today as Barnsley lost 3-1 to Middlesbrough with Kenneth Omeruo and Nat Chalobah both featuring. Birmingham, Millwall, Doncaster or Charlton are in line for the next place in the down elevator.

Stevenage and Shrewsbury slipped out of league one this week but there was happier news for Rochdale and Scunthorpe who both made the trip up today. Scunthorpe have been a regular good omen for Chelsea success in the past few years as their promotions coincide with our silverware.

Meanwhile Torquay fell off the pyramid at the bottom and will spend at least a season in the Skrill.

Sunday 27 April
Liverpool 0:2 Chelsea

Whenever this Chelsea side meet an irresistible force they seem to prevail. Brendan Rodgers complained that we had parked two busses but with a makeshift defence and a Champions League game on Wednesday we had little choice but to control the game and set a conundrum Anfield could not crack.

Jose had threatened to play the youth team if you read the papers but it was a much changed Chelsea. Ivanovic and the excellent Tomas Kalas in for the injured Terry and rested Cahill made up the middle of defence. Obi John, Lampard and Matic made up shield with Salah and Schürrle wide and Ba selected up front.

Liverpool have been tearing into teams in the first-half this season but a determined defensive performance meant they only had one opening when Mamadou Sakho clumped over.

Steven Gerrard was in much more generous mood as he miscontrolled and then slipped to allow Demba Ba to race through on goal. The big Senegalese ate up the ground so quickly there was barely enough time to think before the ball was in the back of the net. 0-1. In a neat touch of irony the goal came deep into the time the referee had been adding on for our deliberate and slow approach to all throws and free-kicks.

Half-time whizzed past and Liverpool were at it again. They had the ball, ending the match with over 70% possession, but no penetration. Mark Schwarzer had one save to make in the second-half when Joe Allen’s volley needed turning round the post.

As the game reached its death throws Torres, as substitute for the hard working Ba, and Willian broke. The former Liverpool man played in the Brazilian and for all the volleys, diving headers, penalties, intricate team goals, sometimes the best goal of the weekend needs just walking into an empty net. 0-2.

Liverpool’s fans sang their hearts out but the whistle put them out of their misery moments later.

Jose had a bad cold in the build-up to this match and travelled separately so as not to infect anyone – he looked ten-years older – he again refused to include us in any title shake up because both City and Liverpool have to slip up and both have better goal difference.

Tomas Kalas can be very proud of his first appearance but it would be wrong not to congratulate the team as a whole. Schürrle, Salah, and BA were excellent in keeping the threat of a break going and in covering back.

In the evening at the PFA awards dinner Eden Hazard was voted young player of the year. Gary Cahill and Petr Cech made the team of the year alongside the Belgian.