Tuesday 1 February
Chelsea reserves 2:2 Arsenal reserves
Better than last week when we lost at London Colney after being totally dominated, for this leg, the final, of our recent Arsenal marathon Connor Clifford, Jeffrey Bruma and Josh McEachran were both available and we dominated proceedings until Josh McEachran was caught in possession and we went into the break a goal down.
Goals from Clifford, with the usual long range smash, and Milan Lalkovic gave us the lead but even a late equaliser couldn’t mask the positives from a cracking performance.
Wednesday 2 February
The club have announced the death of Les Stubbs (1929-2011). Les was an inside-forward in Chelsea’s first championship winning side.
The replay with Everton has been fixed on Saturday 19 February. Which means we’ll be a round out of step as that is uspposed to be fifth round day. Any possible tie with Reading would be on Tuesday 1 March and would mean the Manchester United game would move again.
Saturday 5 February
Chelsea youth 3:0 Portsmouth youth
With trilaist Henrik Breimyr in the side this was a dominant youth team performance. Playing with a diamond midfield we dominated possession and chances. Walter Figueira put us ahead before Bobby Devyne scored from a free-kick.
The second-half saw more of the same from Chelsea but greater resolve from the visitors until they had a player sent off and Danny Stenning finished the scoring from 25 yards into the top corner.
In the Premiership among the 41 goals scored was one for Daniel Sturridge at the Lane but Bolton lost 2-1. Arsenal were held to a draw at Newcastle after being four up at half time and Manchester United lost at Wolves to end any wretched talk of invincibles.
Outside the top tier, Jacob Mellis scored on loan for Barnsley but his side were thumped by Leicester 4-1.
Sunday 6 February
Chelsea 0:1 Liverpool
What a fcuking waste. We have been out of the moment for a few games and United slip up the day before we finally have the chance to close the gap at the top and suddenly we are playing three strikers in the most ludcrously unbalanced side Chelsea have put out.
It was a stroll in the park for Liverpool, they set out to be defensive but found so little to defend against they ended both halves dominating.
Carlo decided on the back of the performance on Tuesday that Anelka was born to the playmaker and that Torres would fit right in to the new system after two training sessions.
It was a disaster, Carlo was forgetting that Liverpool are having a poor season they are not a poor side in committing three to attack we had underestimated them badly.
Torres had a poor match, he wafted over a free early hit and was easily snuffed out and contained by a vigilant defence until his meek substitution just after the hour. He appeared the ineffective loper we have been watching recently rather than the explosive striker who arrived on Merseyside from Madrid.
Liverpool were so concerened about him scoring that they nearly failed to attack. Until the half hour when Maxi Rodriguez hit the bar from a meter out after our hesitant defense watched the ball across without reacting.
It wasn’t the first time, Cech and Ivanovic nearly got into a fight after both went for the same first-half ball and their goal when it came was a mix up between the same two players. Gerrard’s hopeful cross should have been gathered by Cech or cleared by Ivanovic but instead the pair left it and Meireles was on hand to accept the gift. 0-1.
That we hadn’t managed a shot on target up to that point spoke volumes about how the new system was operating. That we managed only one shot in the 25 minutes that remained is shattering. We had plenty of the ball but couldn’t find a way through, in fact they nearly added a second.
We should have been handed an equaliser when Glen Johnson barged Ivanovic off the ball in the box for the clearest penalty you ever saw but the ref clearly disapproves of clubs who spend more than they earn and decided to let Liverpool have to points.
The one bright point in an otherwise humiliating afternoon was the introduction of David Luiz. Here was a player who looked at home from the start, he slotted into the system like a well oiled cog. Otherwise it was a pathetic and disorganised display that cuts dead any hope of winning the league or even finishing second. We are now in a three way fight with Spurs and Liverpool for fourth place and the sooner we realise we are in that fight the sooner we can start putting out a balanced side that has a chance of winning matches and not an assemblage of the owner’s favourite players.
West Brom have sacked Roberto Di Matteo in what appears a rash panic move. Di Matteo’s Baggies won plaudits when beating Arsenal and drawing at Old Trafford but it seems their board think they can do better. Eddie Newton and head of sports science Ade Mafe both make way as well.