Monday 13 July
Kingstonian 0:1 Chelsea U21
Adi Viveash and the U21 blew away a few cobwebs and got themselves a win against non-league opposition. Tammy Abraham got straight back on scoring the only goal in the first-half. 21 players made part of the game as a whole so it was a tribute to the organisation and tactical flexibility of the group that they continued to press and should have had more. We’ll say nothing of the penalty that was missed, just to say there is always a few rusty techniques in the first run out.
Cloddio Ranie… sorry, Clownio, er, just can’t stop ourselves. We should learn to get over it… Claudio Ranieri has been appointed Leicester City boss – no, we didn’t see that coming at all – Ranieri is usually referred to as the tinkerman but his reign as Chelsea boss was a long relentless struggle with weird tactics and round pegs in square right-back positions.
A nice bloke, not helped by poor English and worse translators … can’t seem to forget, or forgive, Robert Huth being used as a winger in a European Cup semi-final… time to let it go, perhaps.
Tuesday 14 July
The mystery midfielder Bekanty Victorien Angban signed for a season on loan in Belgium with Sint-Truidense in the second division. Angban signed from Ivorian club FC Stade d’Abidjan in January.
Wednesday 15 July
The first-team group flew to Canada today.
Thursday 16 July
New kit is finally in with Yokohama Tyres on the front. It seems strange without Samsung after so many years but we will get used to it. Being without a wheeled vehicle we’ll probably never need or even notice our sponsor’s product but someone will want them.
The kit itself is smart and restrained a good effort from the boys at Adidas.
The players finally got to work this afternoon as pre-season training started in earnest.
Friday 17 July
FC Liefering U21 2:1 Chelsea U21
Tammy Abraham again for the U21s against Red Bull Salzburg’s feeder team. His first-half goal looked enough in sweltering heat but two late efforts – one deflected – won it for the hosts as we tired.
Tomas Kalas will spend another season at Middlesbrough. The young Czech defender spent the second half of last term on Teeside and cemented himself in the side under Aitor Karanka.
FC Sturm Graz U18 4:1 Chelsea U18
We can’t find too many details of this game but the thumping result appears to be right.
Sunday 19 July
Sunderland 4:0 Chelsea
The ladies are still top of the league but took a shellacing with a first-half hat-trick inside 18 minutes.
Roberto Martinez is cross with us for publicising a bid for Everton defender John Stones. We offered £20m but the news broke to the press and Martinez is concerned that kind of publicity will be harmful to a 21-year-old. We will be going back with an improved bid.
Monday 20 July
Filipe Luis looks to be leaving as Jose blurted out that he would be sold either “now or tomorrow”. New left-back then possibly from Augsburg in the shape of Abdul Baba Rahman.
Patrick Bamford will be with Crystal Palace on loan for the whole of next season so we’ll find out if he can really hack it in the Premier League. We are confident of a 20-goal haul.
Meanwhile, Jordan Houghton will test himself against League One sides with Gillingham. At least until January.
In court the ugly aftermath of our trip to Paris resulted in five-year football banning orders. Proving once again that if you are racist you are not welcome. In the age of a camera phone in everyone’s pocket it is still unclear how they expected to get away with it. The club later banned them for life.
Tuesday 21 July
The enigma that is Kenneth Omeruo will be plying his trade in Turkey next season with Kasimpasa. The 21-year-old has an Africa Cup of Nations winners medal but didn’t fit in at Middlesbrough in the Championship. Let’s hope he has a brilliant time in Turkey and displays the talent he so obviously has.
Patrick Bamford, on his way to Selhurst Park, stopped to sign a new three-year deal.
Wednesday 22 July
New York Red Bulls 4:2 Chelsea
Asmir Begovic probably hoped for a better debut than this but with a different XI in each half this was a warm-up and we creaked and groaned. Begovic wasn’t really at fault for any of the goals.
Positives were all over the place Loic Remy scored a first-half goal, before skewing a chance for a second off his thigh and high. Oscar looked lively after actually having a summer off.
The less said about John Terry’s perfect through ball for their striker to equalise the better.
The defence looked a shambles as they headed and then volleyed themselves into the lead but Eden Hazard thrashed in a shot of his own from a training-ground corner routine.
Jose Mourinho looked like thunder on the sidelines as we conceded again before the end. He doesn’t expected his teams to defend like this, even in a friendly. Double sessions on the training ground for the back line are in order.
Reading 2:3 Chelsea
Did you know there is a Continental Tyres Cup? Well, there is and this was our opening group 1 game. Gilly Flaherty, Millie Bright and the irrepressible Ji So-Yun supplied the goals. The group includes Millwall, Arsenal, the London Bees and Watford.
Wallace will spend next season at Carpi in Serie A. It is a second season on loan for the Brazilian right-back after a year with Vitesse last term. Carpi is in Modena in Italy’s north and it is their first ever season in the top flight.
Thursday 23 July
Austria Wien U18 2:4 Chelsea U18
A very good outing as the academy side build fitness with their opening league fixture on August 8.
As usual there are only scant details of the game with Ike Ugbo and Harvey St Clair among the goals.
The name Austria Vienna brings back some very old memories of John Spencer racing away to score a crucial away goal very many moons ago. 1994/95 was it really that long ago?
Meanwhile, we have a new signing – step forward Danilo Pantic from Partizan Belgrade – and step straight on the ferry as Pantic automatically joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season. Danilo is a midfielder who made his mark at last summer’s U19 championship for his native Serbia.
Friday 24 July
The U21 side are in France for a bit of a holida… no, apparently they’ve arranged a kick-about with a local side as they top up their tans.
Radamel Falcao joined training for the first time.
Saturday 25 July
Bergerac Perigord 4:4 Chelsea U21
You know it is a special occasion when the local brass band turn up and play the French and British national anthems. Bergerac Foot are 100ans and treated the young players to all the civic treats, including a vineyard tour and a can-can.
As usual the U21s looked bemused by the festivities and were probably still thinking of French girls and knickers as they allowed the hosts a 3-0 head start. Tammy Abraham and a Reece Mitchell hat-trick saved our blushes.
Sunday 26 July
PSG 1:1 Chelsea
(Chelsea win 6-5 on penalties)
Thibaut Courtois decided to dominate this game by saving two kicks in the penalties and then scoring the winning penalty himself.
PSG looked sharper in the match and created the clearer chances as Asmir Begovic had plenty of chances to show how sharp his reflexes are.
Ibrahimovic scored from a rebound and it took a late Victor Moses effort to level the tie from a perfectly weighted Cesc Fábregas pass.
Falcao came on and scored his spot kick.
Chelsea 1:2 Manchester City
A second straight defeat for the women as we slumped to third in the table having lead since the gun.