Tuesday 13 August
England U21 6:0 Scotland U21
Both Islam Feruz and Nat Chalobah played their parts in this entertaining, if one sided, match. Chalobah left the field on a stretcher but the nature and extent of the damage are not yet known. Todd Kane was an unused sub.
Wednesday 14 August
England 3:2 Scotland
Gary Cahill played the 90 minutes and Frank Lampard got the second-half as England struggled to beat international minnows Scotland. In fact the Scots looked dangerous and scored with every shot they had.
Frank had one pile driver well saved and took the captain’s armband toward the end.
Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all played as Belgium drew 0-0 with France.
Oscar and Brazil lost to Switzerland but David Luiz got no time on the bench. There was better news for Marco Van Ginkel who won his second Dutch ca… international honour away in Portugal. Andre Schürrle made a late sub appearance as Germany drew three each with Paraguay.
Wallace has joined Internazionale for a season long loan. Wallace came to us from Fluminense where he won the Brazilian championship last season. He played well on the Asia leg of the tour and should get great experience in Serie A if he plays.
Friday 16 August
Southampton U21 1:4 Chelsea U21
The reserves got their season going, after last week’s false start, by thrashing poor old saints. The goals came from Alex Davey, Isaiah Brown, Lewis Baker and sub Islam Feruz as Chelsea finished better than their hosts. Islam Feruz’s late 25-yard strike was the pick.
Jose Mourinho gave his first pre-match press conference in four years this afternoon and sounded a bit emotional about his return. All the hard work is done but he will take training at Stamford Bridge tomorrow to allow the new boys time to acclimatise.
Saturday 17 August
Chelsea U18 3:0 Sunderland U18
A very good start to the youth team season as goals from Charly Musonda and two from Dominic Solanke had the Makems beaten before they wiped the smog from their eyes.
The rest of the Premiership started today with Arsenal losing at home to Villa the outstanding result.
Sunday 18 August
Chelsea 2:0 Hull City
What a difference a manager makes. Jose Mourinho was a bit tearful as he took his seat to rapturous applause. The ground was full ages before the 4pm kick-off as everyone sang the Portuguese’s name.
The match was almost incidental. After Frank Lampard had missed a penalty a few minutes in, Kevin de Bruyne, making his first Chelsea start, flicked the ball through for Oscar to slip the ball beneath the ’keeper and in. 1-0.
Frank doesn’t like missing pens so when a free-kick was awarded for a foul on Torres thirty-yard out he place the ball and lashed it into the top corner. 2-0.
Our opening had been bright, Hull were chasing shadows most of the half, but we couldn’t keep up the pace.
It was almost as if we had all forgotten that often Chelsea under Mourinho would get into a lead and play keep-ball until the opposition tired. We did deem to treat the rest of the match as a training session.