Monday 29 February
Southampton U21 0:0 Chelsea U21
A host of changes for this one and a predictably blunted performance. This was though a lively contests and both side had chances to win it.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek put pen to paper on a proper grown up contract and he will be at the Bridge until 2021.
Tuesday 1 March
Norwich City 1:2 Chelsea
They will still complain that Diego Costa was offside and they’d be right but Norwich made their own problems by failing to take the chances they created against a Chelsea side going through the motions a bit.
And you can’t blame them when Kenedy blasted us in front after a handful of seconds and Costa added the second before the break.
We did have plenty of opportunity to extend our lead but the hunger wasn’t there and Norwich could have levelled.
You couldn’t fault the effort as they literally shed blood in the cause but they look doomed.
Today also marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Peter Osgood. It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Wednesday 2 March
Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester’s United and City have been in discussions about changing the Champions League to guarantee their participation every year.
The discussions at the Dorchester were with an American sports marketing git called Charlie Stillitano. Charlie is probably the worst kind of ignorant twerp who suggested that Leicester City didn’t deserve a place in Europe because Manchester United had contributed more to the history of the competition.
With a vacuum at the top of Uefa we need someone to save us from capitalist idiots with their heads firmly up their own greedy, ignorant arses.
The FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg will be on Friday 18 March at Ewood Park.
Thursday 3 March
Chelsea U21 1:2 PSV U21
Out of the Premier League International Cup at the semi-final stage as Kasey Palmer’s goal wasn’t enough and we failed to break down an incredibly resolute Dutch defence.
Saturday 5 March
Chelsea 1:1 Stoke City
A late equaliser stole Bertrand Traore’s thunder as his blistering first-half strike opened the scoring and his all round play meant the injured Diego Costa wasn’t missed.
Hiddink juggled his squad with Paris in midweek and the FA Cup next weekend by leaving out Costa and Fábregas.
This was not a coherent performance but it didn’t lack fight. PSG will have noted now often Stoke managed to create chances but with everyone back and all facing in the same direction we should give them a game.
Manchester City U18 4:3 Chelsea U18
Dujon Sterling, Ike Ugbo and Ruben Sammut scored to put us 3-1 up at the break before a bit of a second-half slump, including a dodgy penalty allowed City to nick the result.
It was our first game in three weeks after winning the southern section against the winners of the northern group.