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Monday 2 March
Liverpool U21 2:0 Chelsea U21
We have developed a knack of losing the televised matches but dominating everything else. So, one freezing cold night in Chester, one dodgy penalty after ten minutes and another goal early in the second-half and Liverpool took the points.
Both Everton and Chelsea have been fined £30,000 for failing to control their players after the slight handbag stand off last month.
Tuesday 3 March
Dave Mackay died at the age of 80. He was a colossal presence in the game even down our way but fans of Derby County have the fondest memories. Mackay took over as Rams manager from Brian Clough and led Derby to another league title in 1975.
Jose Mourinho confirmed that John Terry will be offered a new contract next season. It is hardly a surprise given how much a like-for-like replacement would cost.
A day will come when strikers are slipping past him too easily but it is not yet and we are fairly sure he is professional enough to know when his time is up.
Wednesday 4 March
West Ham United 0:1 Chelsea
After a battling few days Jose announced a two-day holiday starting the moment you got home from this skin-of-our-teeth display.
West Ham are better than their last few results and piled on the chances with young Courtois equal to everything thrown at him and Terry and Cahill mopping up any knockdowns.
Chances at the other end kept coming and one Hazard run found Ramires, who is growing back into his role in the team, and the Brazilian’s chip found Eden – smallest man on the pitch – heading home with ease. 0-1. West Ham protested offside but he was clearly level and the benefit of the doubt and etc.
West Ham didn’t let up and threw themselves at our defence. Kurt Zouma, again deputising for Matic, was swamped but kept his cool and worked tremendously hard but the star of this show was Courtois. The young Belgian was throwing himself around, clawing away shots here, diving full length there – he deserves every bit of praise for, of all his clean sheets this season this one was the hardest won.
When we did break Jenkinson robbed the ball off the very end of Costa’s toe as he shaped to shoot and Ramires was in unlucky form as his most promising effort thwacked back off the inside of the post and another was brilliantly saved by Adrian in the West Ham goal.
The celebrations of relief and delight at the end showed this match up as the focus of attention for the players for the last few days. Wembley is one thing but the big prize comes from games like this.
Jose summed up after joking that he would sleep until lunchtime tomorrow: “It would have been easy to have lost two points here. We were on edge to the end because we couldn’t kill the game off, but in the end it was a massive win for us.”
It is for the thrill of frenetic matches like this one that we keep coming back for Chelsea football.
Everyone else in the top five won as well to keep things as you were behind us. City were extremely grateful to the referee for turning down three penalty appeals as they overcame bottom of the table Leicester City 2-0 at home.
Thursday 5 March
Tottenham Hotspur U18 2:0 Chelsea U18
First-leg FA Youth Cup defeat means we have work to do back at Stamford Bridge two weeks from now. Spurs were dogged in defence and took their chances as we, for once, fluffed our lines in front of goal.
Izzy Brown hobbled out after a painful tumble over the advertising hoardings but it is thought to be nothing worse than a dead leg.
We are developing a habit of freezing in front of the television cameras as this match was on ITV4. Let’s hope the second leg is only on Chelsea TV.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Salah is making a huge impact in Italy with Fiorentina. He ran the length of the pitch and finished expertly as his side beat Juventus 1-2 in the Copa Italia. His second on the night was his sixth in all competition since moving in January.
A new FA campaign identified chanting directed at women after footage emerged of some of the abuse Eva Carneiro has suffered at Old Trafford and the Emirates. The FA are urging everyone to report sexist chanting and when you hear some of the things people shout it’d make the bluest Headhunter blush. It is time to show more respect.
Friday 6 March
Chelsea U21 0:1 Leicester City U21
Leicester surprise everyone by flying out of the blocks, scoring, creating the best chances of the game and refusing to wilt as we improved after the break.
The end of a very testing week for the reserves and academy sides will see a bit of reflection by the staff ahead of the European quarter-final next week.
Saturday 7 March
A quiet weekend for Chelsea as we rest our limbs for PSG but one with dreary FA Cup game on the telly. The press and media have got themselves in a terrible twist over a pitch invasion at Villa Park as delighted Villans celebrated a trip to Wembley after beating local rivals West Brom. They don’t seem to be able to tell he difference between threatening behaviour and an outpouring of relief and delight.