Monday 16 December
Bolton Wanderers U21 0:5 Chelsea U21
What a thumping performance from the U2s. Izzy Brown scored a hat-trick and Lewis Baker and John Swift provided pile drivers either side. The defence was solid as Bolton played their part but this Chelsea unit are full of confidence and drive.
Jose asked last week for a reunion with Didier Drogba and that is just what he got. We play Galatasaray in the round of 32 – as we are encouraged to call it.
Manchester United drew Olympiakos, in their usual doddle of a tie, while Man City will play Barcelona and Arsenal face Bayern München.
Gianfranco Zola has left Watford. He resigned to allow someone else a chance and because he knows the club can ill afford severance pay. Having led the Hornets to the play-off final last season big things were expected for this campaign.
Also on the dole this Christmas is Andre Villas-Boas. Getting thumped by Liverpool will do little for your employment prospects but the writing was on the wall after West Ham United managed a 0-3 at White Hart Lane a month ago.
Meanwhile, on a busy day, the U19s drew AC Milan at home in the Uefa Youth League. The tie is just one leg and we can hope it might be staged at the Bridge.
Tuesday 17 December
Sunderland 2:1 Chelsea
An all too predictable defeat as the final whistle loomed we led but by the law of the ex Fabio Borini popped up with an equaliser and we were buried in extra-time by Ki Sung-Yueng.
Frank Lampard’s goal just after the break seemed to be enough until the final minute of injury time. There was great debate back in the studio if it was an own-goal. But the story of the match was too predictable – we dominated possession and chances but nobody was on hand to stab home the goals.
Sunderland defended physically but Demba Ba in particular was double teamed and isolated.
Mourinho sounded half relieved that we have been spared a league cup semi-final two-legged affair but worried that he can’t change the script: “We may have to take a step back in order to be more consistent at the back. It’s something I don’t want to do, to play more counterattacking, but I’m giving it serious thought”.
Wednesday 18 December
Losing away at Sunderland is one thing being guffed at home by West Ham for the second time this season is another altogether. Spurs have changed their manager but not their luck as the ‘Ammers beat them 1-2.
Saturday 21 December
Chelsea U18 6:0 Reading U18
Adi Viveash can be very proud of the team he is building at U18. Almost an entire squad has moved up to U21 duty over the course of the last eighteen months but Adi keeps developing the side and keeps them to a very attacking philosophy.
Reading were the fall guys today but so many others have suffered in the dame way.
Dominic Solanke scored another hat-trick to make it six in two games. Ambrose Gnahore got two and Charly Musonda completed the scoring.
Pre-Christmas treat for everyone involved.