Monday 29 July
The prodigiously talented Lewis Baker signed a new contract to keep him here until 2016. Having two feet helps the 18-year-old shine and a loan cannot be far away.
Tuesday 30 July
Ilkeston 1:5 Chelsea U21
More support for our old boys as the U21 entertained Kevin Wilson’s Ilkeston. A good crowd saw goals from John Swift, Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the first-half as Jeremie Boga and Cristian Cuevas flew down the wings.
A new team for the second period saw a cracker from distance from Ulises Davila before Ilkeston nicked one back from Jason Stokes. Alex Kiwomya scored his customary goal toward the end and Lewis Baker showed his class by lobbing the ball in for the final strike.
Reunited with the Confed boys the first-team squad flew out to the US of A with their opening game on Thursday. All of the youngsters who toured Asia stay at home as does Tomas Kalas who is injured. Jamal Blackman travelled as did Hilario who appears to be back in the fold after his contract expired at the end of last month.
Wallace also remains in England as Internazionale consider a loan for the season.
Pep Guardiola said that no bid fro David Luiz came from Bayern and that he was happy with the defenders he has.
Wednesday 31 July
Chelsea U18 3:1 Derby County U18
George Cole opened proceeding from the penalty spot, Anjur Osmanovic stroked in a free-kick and youngster Tammy Abraham completed the scoring at Cobham this morning.
Thursday 1 August
Chelsea signed a two-year deal with Aldershot to stage U21 and U18 games at the Recreation Ground when fixtures pile up. The deal which is coupled with a deal Adidas have agreed to provide the Shots with kit should help the Hampshire club with the CV agreement.
Frank Lampard and Andre Schürrle did not train with slight problems ahead of tonight’s match with Internazionale but Kevin De Bruyne is over his knee problem.
Friday 2 August
Chelsea 2:0 Internazionale
Inter in Indianapolis could not have been sweeter. Oscar reminded anyone who needed it what a special talent he is as Victor Moses ran half the length of the pitch and fed the little Brazilian on ht edge of the box, a step inside and the ball was curled into the top corner with Handanovic well beaten. 1-0. It was the best moment of pre-season so far.
Victor Moses was playing like he had something to prove and was upended just outside the box but the ref pointed to the spot. A rather sheepish Eden Hazard scored. 2-0.
Inter lost Hugo Campagnaro to a red for a challenge on John Terry which dulled the final half hour.
We didn’t have this one all out own way but after the easy games against Asian opposition this was a real test, well passed.
The18 year-old Croatian striker Stipe Perica signed on from NK Zadar. He scored ten goals in 23 appearances for the Adriatic club. Perica’s shone at the U20 World Cup in Turkey this summer.
Henrique Hilario signed on for another year as belt and braces goalkeeping cover. He is the fourth ’keeper on the books after Jamal Blackman made the step up to the first team squad.
Saturday 3 August
Chelsea U18 2:1 Bristol City U18
Adam Nditi and Anjur Osmanovic supplied to goals to give the U18s five wins out of five and some impressive performances. They start their league campaign on Saturday 17 August.
Wealdstone 1:4 Chelsea U21
Izzy Brown is starting to find his feet with two more strikes today, John Swift and Alex Kiwomya scored the others. The U21s start their season next Friday at home (Aldershot) to Tottenham so this was more like the first choice. If nobody goes on loan we are going to thrash our way through the new league.
To ease the hunger pangs of a football starved nation the Football League and Scottish programmes started.
Sunday 4 August (wee small hours)
Chelsea 2:0 AC Milan
Real Madrid await in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
Oddly, it was Branislav Ivanovic who stole all the early headlines: he tried an audacious backheel that was saved, he headed over, he tripped Balotelli for the first card and cleared off the line after Cech had parried. Oscar had another early chance but it fell to Kevin de Bruyne to open the scoring with a precise finish from a Hazard pass as both broke quickly. 1-0.
The second-half was much like the first with Chelsea creating plenty of chances on the break but Milan looking threatening. Andre Schürrle came on after recovering from a cold and put he game to bed right at the death: Victor Moses powered forward and his square ball was volleyed in by the big German. 2-0.
Mourinho is definitely the happy on at the moment with Real in Miami on Wednesday.