Tuesday 12 August
Chelsea 2:0 Real Sociedad
Diego Costa looked a little sheepish being introduced to the crowd before the match but took just a minute to make himself right at home.
Ramires threaded a pass for him to score across the ’keeper with barely a minute gone of his home debut. 1-0.
The second came quickly afterwards as Andre Schürrle curled an effort round the goalkeeper but back off the post for our Spanish Brazilian to tap in the rebound. 2-0.
And that was it for scoring, the full house crowd were treated to almost complete domination and a number of slick moves but more goals refused to come.
A satisfactory night for the squad and a good one for the umbrella trade. Bright new LED lamps should mean that HD audiences can count every zit on the faces of the first few rows. Why they’d want to is known only to the broadcasters.
Glenn Hoddle will coach at QPR under Harry Redknapp for the foreseeable. Glenn has been out of football since he left Wolves in 2006.
Glenn was the undoubted catalyst for the rebirth of Chelsea in the dark days of the early 1990s and we owe him a bigger debt of gratitude than some would allow.
He brought us the prestigious Makita trophy for one with a glittering performance against Spurs that few will forget. He set up a Tony Cascarino hat-trick in a 4-0 win.
Wednesday 13 August
Christian Atsu will spend the season on loan at Everton after they guaranteed him a fair chance at the first-team. With the progress Lukaku managed there it is to be hoped that Roberto Martinez can develop the best in Atsu.
Christian had a glittering world cup springing many international defences and creating havoc down his wing. A little more discipline would suit Jose Mourinho and honed crossing.
Friday 15 August
Chelsea U21 2:1 Manchester City U21
Last season’s champions left it very late to turn domination into goals as Pablo Maffeo scored early for the visitors and then sliced in an own-goal to level up with fifteen minutes to go. Charly Musonda was on hand to turn in Alex Kiwomya’s injury-time cross for the winner.
Saturday 16 August
Chelsea U18 4:3 Southampton U18
The season didn’t start too well as the U18 fell two behind before a Tammy Abraham penalty clawed us back into things at the break.
Kasey Palmer levelled things after the break but another for the visitors, 25-yard belter as well, meant that further goals from Abraham and a winner from Josh Grant were needed to settle the points.
Meanwhile, Victor Moses has joined Stoke City for the rest of the season. Stoke, managed by former striker, Mark Hughes will use the Nigerian international better than Liverpool did last season but he is really just seeing out his contract.
Premiership football returned with a few scrappy games and the usual first day defeat for this year’s Manchester United manager. It is far too early to start gloating. We have Burnley on Monday night first.