Diego Costa
Diego Costa

Monday 4 August
The puzzle that is Oriol Romeu will play next season in the Bundesliga after VfB Stuttgart sign him on a season long loan.
Oriol arrived from Barcelona in 2011 and has made 33 appearances between bouts of serious injury and last season’s loan to Valencia. The club clearly think he is a prospect still as they awarded him a new three-year contract in the summer.

Tuesday 5 August
Brighton & Hove Albion U21 1:1 Chelsea U21
The U21s start their league campaign next week so friendlies need to step up a gear and they are starting to look ready.
A first-half penalty from Charly Musonda wasn’t added to and old boys George Cole and Daniel Pappoe combined for the leveller.

Brighton & Hove Albion U18 2:4 Chelsea U18
While the U21 struggle for fitness more fun is being had a level down as a few players start to make their mark. Isaac Christie-Davies, Tammy Abraham, Josimar Quintero and Hubert Adamczyk shared the goals and the pressure that led to the own-goal opener, as the youth team made it five straight wins despite having a clutch away at the Nike Cup competition in Salford.

Kenneth Omeruo has been confirmed in a yearlong loan to Middlesbrough – we are fairly sure we knew that already but then you can end up dreaming stuff and convincing yourself it really happened.

New rules on concussion have been introduced. The main change is that clubs will need a second doctor to review TV footage and the club doctors will decide if a player can carry on not the coaching staff.

Thursday 7 August
Kicking off the U18 tournament at Cobham the U18 came unstuck 1-2 to Tottenham. Tammy Abraham scored a late penalty.

Friday 8 August
Fenerbahce 0:2 Chelsea
The weird 45-minute match tournament started with a win as Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic score the blue goals…

Besiktas 1:0 Chelsea
… before we slumped to defeat to a goal from a late corner. Demba Ba came on for a few minutes against his old club.

The matches were designed to raise money for the families and victims of the recent mining disaster. The positives abound: Didier Drogba pulled on a Chelsea shirt again – to the loudest chorus of boos in recent history, he is an ex-Galatasaray player after all. Didier announced his retirement from international football after 65 goals in 105 matches. Andre Schürrle, Ramires, Oscar and Willian all returned for a run out.
European cup winner Raul Meireles appeared for Fenerbahce.

Meanwhile at the Nike world finals in Manchester our side lost at the quarter-final stage on penalties to Hertha Berlin.

At Cobham the U18s lost 0-2 to Arsenal.

Billy Clifford has left for Walsall and the start of his professional career. We wish him well. The Saddlers have gained a quick witted and inventive right-sided midfielder.

Saturday 9 August
The Cobham U18 festival ended with another defeat – this time 0-1 to Manchester United – and overall victory for Spurs. This was a very young Chelsea squad up against teams mostly comprised of second-year scholars. Our younger players will have learned a lot and will have developed a bit of a thirst for revenge.
There was better news as the football league campaign started with new squads and perky optimism everywhere – except Leeds United, the car crash that is developing into a pile-up.

Sunday 10 August
Ferencvaros 1:2 Chelsea
A grand evening as guests at the opening of the new Groupama arena saw Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen charged with keeping to home side at bay with Petr Cech behind them.
An old face from Fulham’s past put the hosts ahead, as Zoltán Gera headed in.
Didier Drogba failed to run off a knock and had to be replaced and Chelsea didn’t click until the second-half when Ramires volleyed in and Cesc Fábregas slalomed through tackles to tip in the winner. We made plenty of other chances as we controlled the game but, perhaps in deference to the hosts, didn’t punish them any further.

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