Monday 31 October
Everton U23 1:1 Chelsea U23
Van Ginkel and Zouma both played the hour on their way back from injury and we made a strong start as Dujon Sterling crashed the ball in after Mason Mount’s brilliant control of a ball dropping over his shoulder. That was on just five minutes but things were level at he break and the second period much more even. A good point on the road.
Friday 4 November
Brighton and Hove Albion UI8 1:3 Chelsea U18
A good night on the south coast see us top of the region, at least until Monday.
Goals tonight from Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Richard Narty and Callum Hudson-Odoi were enough for Jody Morris’s side to beat a bright and enterprising Brighton side.
Saturday 5 November
Chelsea 5:0 Everton
Let the puns about fireworks burn themselves out before admitting that this was the most explosive demolition we have performed in many a year. Football at the Bridge is fun again. We are hard working, imaginative, well organised, creative, quick and, well, all the tings we were not last term.
Conte deserves a big pat on the back for creating not just the shape of the team but its mentality too.
For the record: Hazard powered us ahead; Alonso got his first in blue and our second; Diego Costa scored to get himself back to the top of the scoring charts; Hazard added a killer fourth and Pedro finished things off as Everton tried but found themselves chasing shadows.
The result leaves us top of the table just five games after we thought the season was falling apart in north London.
Everton arrived with the second best defence in the top flight and left with a lesson in attacking play. One flowing move on the half hour saw Victor Moses thrash the ball against the post from Alonso’s pinpoint delivery. We were graceful, mercurial, creative and unstoppable. It is just a shame the international break will shut everything down for two weeks.
Sunday 6 November
Notts County 1:3 Chelsea
We didn’t have this one all our own way but goals from Eni Aluko, Ji So-Yun and Aileen Whelan were enough to put a winning gloss on the end of the women’s campaign.
Eni won the WSL golden boot too, which in a season of relative disappointments is a little ray of light.