Wednesday 5 April
Chelsea 2:1 Manchester City
What a great way to bounce back as Eden Hazard lashed in our first after a deflection and tipped in the rebound after his penalty had been saved. City had plenty of possession but only managed the free shot we offered as Courtois popped the ball to David Silva and Aguero slotted an easy equaliser.
The crucial change came at half-time as Antonio Conte switched Nemanja Matic for Kurt Zouma and closed the game down. For all their possession City only managed a handful of snatched chances.
Spurs had been hoping we’d drop more points as they stay on our coattails with a late three-goal spree to beat Swansea.
Friday 7 April
Chelsea U23 3:0 Sunderland U23
The second string took their chance to shine on the Stamford Bridge pitch and move up into fourth in the table. Dick Nartey with the opener before Ike Ugbo scored a brace. This was our first win in months after a three week break since the last match and with plenty absent with FA Youth Cup duty looming this scratch side did Adi Viveash proud. The U23 squad have only two more matches left.
FA youth Cup dates have been confirmed and we start at the Etihad on Tuesday 18 April and finish at the Bridge on Wednesday 22 April.
Saturday 7 April
Bournemouth 1:3 Chelsea
What a wonderful day; seaside, sunshine, three points, one of the goals of the season and an almighty singsong.
We walked onto the pitch with Spurs only four points behind after they’d dispatched a poor Watford side at lunchtime.
If there was any pressure on Chelsea it didn’t show as Diego Costa turned and his shot deflected in for an early lead. Eden Hazard then ran on to a pass form N’Golo Kante to round the ’keeper and slot our second.
They equalised with a deflected effort of their own but we owned the second-half so completely that we appeared in control of the game all the time they had the ball.
Whatever happens in the next few weeks watching Antonio Conte’s Chelsea sides has become a real joy. The work rate and application match the tactical structure completely. The flashes of individual brilliance set off the graft of the closing down. Harmony in all aspects of the game. Next for Chelsea is a trip to Old Trafford to take on Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Can Chelsea maintain their 7 point lead?
Manchester City U18 2:0 Chelsea U18
We have become so used to the U18 team winning and winning well that a reverse is a real surprise. This is not really a dress rehearsal for the FA Youth Cup because both side’s Cup sides play predominantly for the U23s. This was the work-a-day U18s that are unbeaten since September and today could have tied up the game with a second-half penalty but fluffed our lines and allowed them a second into the bargain. They will pick themselves up after this.