Monday 18 April
Uefa Youth League final tie, Nyon Switzerland
Chelsea U19 2:1 PSG U19
Oh what a cruel game: Paris huffed and puffed, muscled their way into the game to equalise Fikayo Tomori’s early goal from a corner, they thought they had a toe back in the match only Kasey Palmer burst into the box to score a second. Parisian heads dropped and they never really believed after that.
You have to say they kept us honest and our goal led a charmed existence at times but everyone involved in the academy can be very proud that they have retained the Uefa Youth League title with a fresh group of players.
Wednesday 20 April
Todd Kane on loan in the Netherlands with NEC has done knee ligament during a midweek defeat against Zwolle. Todd had been flourishing this season and was expected to be pushing for the first-team squad on his return form loan. We wish him well in his recovery.
Thursday 21 April
Arsenal 0:2 Chelsea
Fran Kirby has found her feet and blossomed into the player we thought we were buying last season. Her progress embraced two well taken goals tonight, one in each half.
We dominated the Gunners to an extent you wouldn’t have believed a few years back and we did so after playing extra-time on Sunday.
Friday 22 April
FA Youth Cup
final tie first leg
Manchester City U18 1:1 Chelsea U18
We took our eye off the ball a bit and allowed them enough space for a brilliantly curled equaliser but otherwise this was a dominant display from a group containing a few who played in a final on Monday.
Mason Mount scored our goal but there were chances a plenty as we worked their ’keeper and the cross bar.
They are dangerous and the second-leg next week is far from a foregone but we have every reason to believe next Wednesday night will see FA Youth Cup history.
Saturday 23 April
Bournemouth 1:4 Chelsea
A happy trip to the seaside as,. despite experimenting with Obi John in defence, we romped around and enjoyed our football for the first time in ages.
Bournemouth have performed creditably in their first Premiership season but Fabregas was given all the space he needed to thread players into scoring positions. Pedro latched on to one first-half through ball and, against the run of play, flicked an outrageous finish into the far bottom corner. It was as if poetry moved in one movement from wing to goal and we are confident that Pedro will be the answer to the long asked right sided attacking question.
Eden Hazard was back in the XI and scored his first goal of the season – yes, in April, better late than the proverbial.
They pulled one back but couldn’t exploit a number of first-half chances and we buried them in the second.
Fabregas found Willian for the third and Hazard tapped in for his second and our fourth.
The match was played out in spring sunshine and had the feel of a friendly in July rather than a serious league game.
Eden blurted out that the Chelsea players are rooting for Leicester to win the league… what Spurs made of that has not yet been reported.
Over at Wembley Manchester United got to the cup final, further complicating any moves to get rid of Van Gaal at the end of the season.
Sunday 24 April
Leicester City might have the title wrapped up by the time they visit us on the last day. They beat Swansea City 4-0 today and only need five points to win the league.
Crystal Palace were too strong for Nathan Ake’s Watford in the other FA Cup semi and will face Manchester United in the final.
Riyad Mahrez won the footballer of the year award in the evening, Dele Ali took the young player gong.
A lot of Chelsea’s women were at the dinner but the award eluded them as Manchester City’s Izzy Christiansen won the women’s prize.
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