Monday 14 September
We have a new global charity partner, step forward Plan International. Plan work all over the planet helping to secure clean water, food and education for children. Chelsea will be donating 1 euro from every ticket on Wednesday and then £1 from the Arsenal match.
West Ham pulled off a 2-0 win against Newcastle at Upton Park. If our chirpy cockney neighbours lost we’d have been in the bottom three. It must have crossed their minds.
Tuesday 15 September
Hammersmith and Fulham gave a cautious nod to the redevelopment plans today. That is far from planning permission but a step on the road. We are also close to securing a groundshare at Wembley for the duration of the development. Groundshare because Rottenham Hotspurts will be looking to use the ground at the same time. Our only reservation about the project is that after three seasons at Wembley a new 60,000-seat stadium might seem a bit small.
The Champions League got underway again with satisfying defeats for the Manchester’s away at PSV for United and at home to Juventus for City.
The real story was BT Sport’s coverage with James Richardson in a game centre with panel and live feeds as the goals went in and Gary Linacre hosting the main coverage. All in all it sort of worked. At least we don’t have to tune in to ITV’s efforts for a few years.
Wednesday 16 September
Chelsea 4:0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
That feels better, after a few weeks of toil we put a few past ordinary European opponents and suddenly there are a few smiles around the place.
Jose Mourinho made a few bold changes to the side with Baba Rahman coming in at left-back and Ruben Loftus Cheek in the middle in place of Nemanja Matic and Loic Remy up front. It seemed to work at the start as returning old boy Tal Ben Haim gifted possession and Willian was brought down in the box. Obviously the ’keeper stayed on but Eden thrashed the ball yards over the bar.
The wait for a goal didn’t drag as Willian floated in one of those free-kicks that miss everyone and fool the goalkeeper who is waiting for contact but none comes. 1-0.
Willian limped out early with a hamstring that looks like a few weeks and Costa came on to bully the defence.
The second came on the break as Costa was hacked down Oscar stepped up, after hitting the bar earlier in the half, he managed to thrash in the penalty. 2-0.
Costa scored the third himself curling an effort into the top corner from a Fábregas pass. 3-0. It was the Spaniard who finished off the scoring at the death after a four on three break. 4-0.
Positives were around in spades – Loftus Cheek really looked the part, Cahill tackled well and played with authority as captain. Fábregas found his touch and Traore came on for a late cameo.
One result does not a season make but we have struggled in the opening group game in recent years
Chelsea U19 3:0 Maccabi Tel Aviv U19
Starting the Uefa League as holders and with intent a new young squad made no mistakes.
Kasey Palmer scored the first two and Tammy Abraham added the last as we dominated from start to finish.
Saturday 19 September
Chelsea 2:0 Arsenal
What didn’t happen in this match? Arsenal are so predictable, they always start brightly, lose confidence and then fall apart and blame us for their problems.
Today it was all Diego Costa’s fault as first Koscielny decided to grapple with the Spain striker and then Gabriel decided to get involved and was booked along with Costa for his reaction. That Gabriel then aimed a snide backward kick right under the referee’s nose was not the Chelsea man’s fault.
After that they felt so sorry for themselves that they allowed Kurt Zouma a free run and header for the opening goal. 1-0.
There was still time for Arsenal to be reduced to nine when Cazorla picked up a second yellow card.
Eden Hazard is claiming the goal from his shot that deflected past Petr Cech to seal a very satisfying afternoon.
The most important thing was that we looked back to our competitive best. Flowing football will come later but we were up for the battle today, quicker on the counter attack and generally too good for a poor Arsenal side.
Seeing Petr Cech back in a Gooner’s shirt was odd, a bit like queuing at the Ritzy and seeing someone else’s arm around your ex. Even if you have moved on and left her for a newer, younger goalkeeper you still feel it.
Victor Moses then proved the loan system is working perfectly as he scored West Ham’s opener as the ‘ammers beat Man City 1-2 in their own back yard.
West Ham United U18 2:0 Chelsea U18
Just not at the races this morning as Joe Edwards admitted after a poor performance. It was the U18s first defeat this season and their response will be the important factor.