Monday 7 July
Alfredo Di Stefano, the giant of Real Madrid, has died after a heart attack on Saturday. He made a huge mark on football in the 1950s, scoring in each of Madrid’s five European cup wins. He was 88.
Ashley Cole has signed a two-year deal with Roma. It’s enough to make you jealous – imagine you are about to take up your new job in Rome after a well-deserved holiday.
Bertrand Traore will stay at Vitesse for another season after his loan there for the second half of last term. We play them in a pre-season friendly at the end of this month.
Tuesday 8 July
Brazil 1:7 Germany
There is little to add after the score. Germany were allowed total domination by Brazil who failed to defend in any normal definition of the term.
Their full-backs were fully forward their defensive midfield was, rather like England’s, a two man sieve against a three man shield. As soon as they started conceding they couldn’t stop. Müller, Klose, Kroos and Khedira scored the five first-half strikes and Andre Schürrle came on the score the last two, his last was a cracking volley worthy of wining any match but it had to be content as just part of a thrashing.
Oscar restored some pride giving the crowd, who stayed bravely to the end to applaud off Germany and boo their own, a late ironic cheer.
Brazil have been handed it in their own stadium in their own tournament. It is a shame and it will be difficult to come back from. Oscar looked like he never wanted to play football again as he broke down at the final whistle and didn’t stop crying.
We know Luiz Felipe Scolari will take the blame on his own shoulders but perhaps now Brazil will look at how their football is organised and run.
Wednesday 9 July
Netherlands 0:0 Argentina
(Argentina win 4-2 on penalties)
Pah, Argentina have shown no adventure, no flair, no passion and have reached the World Cup final.
The Dutch just couldn’t break down the stubborn defence while Messi on his own couldn’t do the same at the other end. There is not much more to say about the entire 120-minute stalemate.
Robben broke the Argentina line once and the south Americans had a couple of half chances before it went to penalties.
The Dutch, so confident in their last shoot-out, wilted, missed their first shot and were out in the blink of an eye.
Andre Schürrle could still come home with a winner’s medal but this Argentina side look to be gristly.
Training starts for everyone who wasn’t in Brazil. Branislav Ivanovic has been adrift on a raft all summer and hasn’t been able to shave. John Terry will tease him out of his new beard by the end of the week. Also joining in the jogging is Mario Pasalic a 19-year-old attacking midfielder from Hajduk who had a strong season in the Croatia top flight last term scoring 11 goals from midfield. He cost about £3m.
Petr Cech was training again after spending the summer in recovery from shoulder surgery.
Kurt Zouma was also stretching his legs in Chelsea colours for the first time after he signed in January from St. Etienne.
Thursday 10 July
One day… Ivanovic is clean shaven again as training steps up…
The club announce a home friendly against Real Sociedad Tuesday 12 August. We haven’t had a home game pre-season since many were in short trousers – well, it was a hot summer – and a game against Celtic in 2006.
Saturday 12 July
Brazil 0:3 Netherlands
Willian, Ramires and Oscar all started for Brazil but couldn’t find the club cohesion we all expected after so long on the bench or out of position. It didn’t help that returning hero and captain Thiago Silva hauled down Arjen Robben with only two minutes on the clock. The defender should have received a straight red but got away with yellow and a penalty. David Luiz headed a clearance into the path of Daley Blind who finished well for the second.
The scoring was completed late on by Georginio Wijnaldum who looked the worst player on the Dutch side for the last three weeks.
Sutton United 0:0 Chelsea U21
Adi Viveash taking the U21 after three successful seasons at U18 saw his side struggle for fitness and form early on but start to blossom in the second-half as Charly Musonda, Alex Kiwomya and Kasey Palmer all went close.
This match was very early in pre-season for the U21s but Viveash was happy with the minutes on the pitch and the growing understanding.
Plenty of the U21 squad are training with the first-team until the World Cup returnees arrive over the next few weeks.
Chelsea U18 4:1 Bournemouth AFC U18
The U18s have a new permanent boss as well – Joe Edwards, who deputised so often and so well last season – and had a big squad of new scholars and schoolboys as well as new imports Hubert Adamczyk (Polish, whiz in midfield) and Miro Muheim (Swizz winger) (sorry, Swiss winger).
Charlie Wakefield opened the scoring, Kyle Scott, Ike Ugbo and Danny Kemp scored the rest.
Overall, it was a good start and the return of Chelsea football after just two months.
Sunday 13 July
Argentina 0:1 Germany
Mario Götze settled it in the end from an Andre Schürrle cross the former Dortmund product controlled and volleyed in a worthy winner as extra-time ticked away.
Argentina were bereft, they’d missed their chances at 0-0 and couldn’t muster a shot or a header to claw it back. Messi, underperforming sock puppet, wafted a free-kick high into the Rio sky at the end and Germany were the champions.
It is well deserved and has been coming since they lost 1-5 to us they have been rebuilding. They adopted a new style of play – based on the Premier league and reached the semi-final last time before meeting Spain in their pomp. They promoted the best of their U21 set up and have been rewarded.
We appointed Roy Hodgson.
There was time for Fifa to remind us how corrupt and incompetent they are by awarding the golden ball for player of the tournament to Lionel Messi – the golden bollock wasn’t in most people’s team of the tournament. The award seems to be nothing more than sentiment.
Chelsea women 13:0 London Bees
Needing a win and a healthy goal difference to keep our top spot in the intercontinental ballistic cup we thrashed poor old Brentford.