Monday 10 November
Just as the dreary international break gets under way a bit of domestic news to warm the cockles: Oscar signed a new five-year deal.
Jose showed an enormous amount of faith in the young Brazilian when he sold Juan Mata last January and decided that Oscar was the better bet.
Occasional stunning goals have become the hallmark of his near hundred appearances for us and he looks to be getting better. Now, if only we could engineer a summer holiday for the lad. He has played ay U20s, Olympics, confederations cup and a world cup in the last three summers.
Andre Schürrle will miss Germany’s games this week still suffering the after effects of the infection he has been struggling with since October. He will miss two matches and a presentation to the World Cup winning team.
Tuesday 11 November
Cesc Fábregas will make his way back to London after Spain’s medical team allowed him home to rest his hamstring. Spain play Belarus and Germany in the next few days. Their medical staff said his hamstring wasn’t torn but that he was still feeling discomfort.
Wednesday 12 November
Burton Albion signed a superstar as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agreed to manage the Brewers in a permanent deal.
Our former target man Jimmy learnt much of his coaching with Steve McClaren at FC Twente and Nottingham Forest. We wish him well at the Pirelli Stadium.
Oscar, Filipe Luis and goalscorer Willian all played as Brazil beat Turkey 0-4.
Meanwhile Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both played as Belgium warmed up with a friendly at home to Iceland. Belgium won the match 3-1.
Thursday 13 November
And verily I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own land… oh, sorry. Profit and £18.4m of profit gives us a bit of leeway for the next few windows.
It was achieved through a huge rise in television money and a dribble of new sponsorship. At the same time wages came down with some hefty tabs dropping out as Mata and Luiz were sold and Lampard and Cole retired.
The business side of Chelsea is being run very competently.
Now, for a bigger stadium.
Out in the real world, Fifa published a report completely exonerating them of any wrong doing. None of the corruption they admitted apparently effects the honesty of the bidding process and the fact that the Russian bid team destroyed all their computer records is not in the least bit suspicious.
Michael Garcia, who ran the two-year investigation of which this was a summary, has already come out and said that this report contains “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations”. That is an American lawyer’s way of saying it is a pack of lies.
Friday 14 November
Chelsea U18 3:2 Fulham U18
Kyle Scott and Tammy Abraham gave us a comfortable start but two late goals meant we need to edge a nervous finale and Jay Dasilva stepped up with the winner.
While everyone was having fun watching Scotland squeak a win against Ireland in Glasgow, Claudio Ranieri will have been grateful that nobody was watching as the Faroe Islands beat his winless Greece 1-0. Serbia stumbled again as Denmark as Matic and Ivanovic lost 1-3 at home.
Saturday 15 November
England 3:1 Slovenia
Roy Hodgson is still the England manager. Given the finest players in the country he contrived, again, to make them play like West Brom. He cannot shake 4-4-2 out of his system so here a willing Slovenia side looked dangerous on the break and need little more than graft to keep out England.
They took the lead as well through an own goal before lumbering captain fantastic won a penalty and Arsenal’s mis-firing striker, added a shanked winner and a slightly more elegant third.
Todd Kane has joined Bristol City on loan until mid January. Kane is a proven Championship performer after an extended loan at Blackburn Rovers so league one robins are getting a useful player. Bristol are riding high and pressing for the title as well as being every ones favourite rhyming slang.
Nigeria won away to Congo to keep their hopes of qualification alive after a sticky start to the group. Obi John Mikel started.
Mohammed Salah and Egypt lost again and now cannot qualify automatically.
Burkina Faso and Bertrand Traore are through after a 1-0 against Lesotho but Ghana and Christian Atsu will have to wait after falling to defeat against Uganda.
Spain, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the bench, won comfortably against Belarus.
Sunday 16 November
Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both played as Belgium were held at home by Wales. It was a cracking result for the Welsh but they rode their luck somewhat.
Petr Cech’s Czechs came from behind to beat Iceland 2-1 to make it four ins from four.