Tuesday 5 April
The women’s FA Cup draw threw up home tie against Manchester City. The game is a semi-final, unlike the men’s game the semis are not played at neutral venues.
Gianfranco Zola has give Antonio Conte his blessing. Our wee Italian maestro said Conte, his former Italy team-mate, was on a par with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as an elite manager and predicted an era of success… and so say all of us.
Wednesday 6 April
Gianni Infantino has only had his feet under the desk at Fifa for a few weeks before his old desk is being ransacked by the police looking for evidence that he mis-sold television rights. Uefa are helping the police with their enquires.
To make things worse the same cache of Panama papers reveal the head of Fifa’s Ethics Committee, Juan Pedro Daminani, was, er, not all that ethical – he had business dealings with one of the corrupt officials he was investigating.
Honestly, you could bathe in a septic tank and smell sweeter.
Talking of the stench of corruption the jury is out in the Hillsborough inquest. The extent of police collusion and attempts to pervert the course of justice will soon be clear.
It is all enough to make you turn on the telly to watch some good honest football… oh, only to find Rea Madrid’s Marcello headbutting a Wolfsburg opponent and the rolling around like he’d been hit in the face. At least the Germans won the tie 2-0.
Manchester City and PSG drew 2-2 in a sloppy game and City will be favourites to knock out the preening French giants.
Not a good day for the sport.
Friday 8 April
Chelsea U18 3:1 Blackburn Rovers U18
A more comprehensive result than the first leg’s 0-1 and we booked our place in a fifth straight FA Youth Cup final.
A healthy – sold out at 5,000 suggests we should talk to the council about increasing capacity for these matches – crowd saw Dujon Sterling, Tammy Abraham, and Jacob Maddox sore the goals before we eased up and started showboating. There will be none of that in the final against Manchester City.
Saturday 9 April
Swansea City 1:0 Chelsea
This has been coming as the players look to be on their holidays already. They will have to shake themselves out of it before denying Tottenham a shot at the title.
We looked sleepy in defence and sluggish in attack. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was lively, Pato had a flicked chance that he put just wide and that was bout it. Next up for Chelsea is a tea-time home fixture against Manchester City. We’re not sure if we will see much of an improvement, performance wise. I’d plum for a draw if I had to make a prediction.
Fulham U18 0:2 Chelsea U18
It has been a busy period for the academy and four schoolboys turned out this morning and, guess what, we still won. Charlie Wakefield and Ike Ugbo scored the goals that mean we left Motspur Park with the spoils.
Sunday 10 April
Leicester kept their distance at the top of the table but Spurs beat Manchester United at home. All those years when we needed Tottenham to do us a favour by beating United and they lost each and every one. That places us in a position to beat Spurs and play the U17s against Leicester. It might teach the lily whites a lesson.