Monday 28 July
Jordan Tabor died on holiday in Turkey. Jordan was an apprentice and made a few reserve appearances before moving on Cheltenham and Hinkley. He was a friend of Josh McEachran and was only 24 when he died in a reported holiday accident.
Tuesday 29 July
Red Bull Salzburg U23 3:3 Chelsea U21
Up against the big boys after a week training in Austria, Charly Musonda showed all the poise and control he has in putting us ahead inside of a minute. 0-1.
The hosts rallied and struck a 25-yard equaliser. 1-1. Alex Kiwomya volleyed in the rebound when George Brady’s header thundered back off the bar. 1-2.
Changes aplenty for Salzburg at the half saw a couple of quick goals for 3-2 but Kasey Palmer had a 25-yard effort of his own for the leveller. 3-3.
Red Bull Salzburg U18 1:3 Chelsea U18
New U18 manager Joe Edwards was delighted with how his new charges approached this game. With a clutch of schoolboys in the team this was a young Chelsea but they responded to falling behind in the first-half with two goals from Mukhtar Ali and a late penalty from Tammy Abraham.
Wednesday 30 July
Vitesse Arnhem 1:3 Chelsea
After yesterday’s youth and reserve run outs the first-team gobbled up Vitesse showing a few touches of class and power that bode well for the season ahead.
Fábregas and Costa were at the heart of this victory as first Diego laid on a simple finish for Mohamed Salah 0-1 and the Cesc curled a free-kick up over the wall and in at the far stick. 0-2.
Vitesse were not patsies: Bertrand Traore playing through midfield gave us plenty of problems and had a couple of long-range digs to keep Petr Cech honest.
Costa again set up a goal on the break for Matic who closed down sharply to win the ball and then raced into the box for Costa’s return pass.
Jose said afterwards, well, he could barely talk for salivating at the prospect of our new signings and the returning World Cup players. He confirmed that the Belgian contingent returned today except…
Romelu Lukaku, who signed for Everton in a £28m deal with add-ons could be more like thirty.
Romelu always looked the star but wanted to be first choice all the time and at Chelsea that wasn’t possible. We will have to buy him back for twice what we’ve sold him for but that is modern football. The first words out of everyone’s mouth is financial fair play and this deal combined with David Luiz ‘s departure means we can pay for most of our summer recruits.
Ryan Bertrand almost slipped off the radar today. He joined Southampton on loan for the season.
Thursday 31 July
Gaël Kakuta is off on loan again, this time to the Spanish leagues with Rayo Vallecano. Kakuta has had loans in the Netherlands and France and Fulham over the last few years without achieving the break through everyone expected when he ran rings round defences as a teenager. At 23 he has reached the age when he must now make his mark.
Friday 1 August
John Swift will join Rotherham for the coming season. The Millers are looking for a good season in the championship and John should make ahem, swift progress.
Thibaut Courtois pulled on a Chelsea kit for the first time today as he and Eden Hazard returned to action with the group. It is like having a new signing for free.
Ugly rumours that Frank Lampard may go on loan to Manchester City have started to emerge from New York. Frank obviously left with everyone’s thanks and blessings at the end of a long a productive Chelsea career.
Now, it seems, City have been playing the long game: hit by restrictions following their breaches of financial fair play rules they have sneaked a free signing and an association trained player into the bargain.
Saturday 2 August
Crawley Town 2:3 Chelsea U21
Josh McEachran, Patrick Bamford and George Saville all started this one as late goals from Ola Aina and Charlie Colkett levelled things up and Charly Musonda blasted a 35-yard winner.
Chelsea U18 2:0 Swansea U18
Hubert Adamczyk scored his first to seal the win after Ike Ugbo opened the scoring.
The U18 have been toying with the dame 3-4-3 that is the coming fashion. Nobody seems very comfortable at the moment but it seems a solid enough platform for the likes of Adamczyk to raid. There was quite a buzz about the young Pole when he signed and he looks to be that and a bit more.
Man City have Frank Lampard for the first half of the season. Everyone has been very mature about it somehow. Frank did say that out of respect he wouldn’t play for another premiership team. Now it seems – put on the spot – he has changed his mind.
Sunday 3 August
Werder Bremen 3:0 Chelsea
This was not in Jose’s script but a referee inspired drubbing might put a boot up a few backsides just in time for the big off.
John Terry was punished for having arms attached to his shoulders when a cross from Eljero Elia hit him on the arm. Thibaut Courtois, making his bow in blue, couldn’t keep out the spot kick. He couldn’t do much with the header that made it 2-0 at the break either.
Petr Cech came on at the half, as did the returning Didier Drogba but neither could inject the needed sparkle as a flat peformance ended with and even harsher penalty as Nathan Ake clearly played the ball but the ref decided to give the home fans a treat and Felix Kroos slotted the kick.
Eden Hazard and Obi John Mikel both also had a run. Hazard nearly sparked us into life but fine tuning will be done back at base as the Euro tour comes to an end.