Monday 13 April
Uefa Youth League Final
Chelsea U19 3:2 Shakhtar Donetsk U19
European champions: Adi and the U19 finally got their hands on the youth league trophy. After loosing to Aston Villa two years ago in the NextGen predecessor and surprisingly flopping to Shalke last year their was a determination not to screw things up this time.
Izzy Brown fizzed us into an early lead and despite allowing a determined Shakhtar side back into the match a second-half strike by Dominic Solanke (who scored in every round) and a second for Brown landed the trophy.
Adi Viveash was cock-a-hoop after the match and stressed that this was an incredible achievement; we scored 36 goals in the tournament and conceded six and we are the first English winners of the trophy.
It was a great start to the week.
The only drawback was the crappy hoop trophy they had to lift. A proper pot would have thrilled the lad just a little bit more. Apparently the arch design represents the credulity of a committee when faced with a designer and a handful of offcuts and studio scrap.
Tuesday 14 April
Real Madrid and Atlético scuffed a 0-0 in the Champions League while Juventus needed a dodgy penalty conceded by none other than Ricardo Carvalho to beat Monaco 1-0.
Patrick Bamford scored his 19th goal of a busy season as Middlesbrough took another step towards automatic promotion after beating Wolves. Patrick has been nominated for the Football League young player of the year award. His 19 strikes include goals at Liverpool and Manchester City.
Wednesday 15 April
We will be playing the USA again in the summer as we attempt to win the International Champions Cup. Last season Real Madrid and Manchester United were watched by over 100,000 in this competition. Which means the organisers know their onions.
Other teams are yet to be confirmed and dates are sketchy. Last year it finished 12 days before the Premiership started but there is an unexplained early kick-off on Saturday 8 August this summer while many of us are still waking up on Mediterranean beaches with crazy foam in our hair.
Porto thrashed Bayern München 3-1 as the Germans looked at sea while Barcelona made PSG look amateurish winning 1-3 in Paris.
Saturday 18 April
Chelsea 1:0 Manchester United
Many felt this match would decide the title, the win puts us ten points clear of Arsenal but this was a dogged performance, full of graft but one won by a bit of art.
The tale of the match was one of United possession but no penetration. Courtois was called on only twice for fairly routine saves. They hit the outside of our post late on but that was all they could muster.
We looked to break when possession was won and carved the better chances. When Terry dispossessed Falcao on half way and fed Fábregas, the Spaniard found Oscar and the Brazilian’s backheel freed Hazard to race into the box and finish under De Gea. 1-0.
They’d had the chance to sing and dance earlier as Rooney appeared for all the world to have scored but his shot flicked off the net stanchion and ran along the back of the net. Oh, how they cheered.
That was really the tale of the tape – Hazard hit their post after Didier turned back the years with a surging run and deflected shot the Belgian couldn’t karate-kick in sideways.
At the death Anders Herrera stuck out a leg to trip himself up but Mike Dean, off whom we tore strips last season for his preformance against Sunderland, had the good vision to spot the ruse and booked the United player.
They probably thought it would work against us after the 3-3 they conjured with similar moves a while back but this referee saw through them.
Jose is right; if a Chelsea player had done the same the commentators and pundits would talk of little else, yet after this match the incident was barely mentioned.
The ten-point lead looks big enough and the team celebrated on the pitch as if we were already there. Jose will pour cold water on that on Monday but this result mean that we can be champions before we come back to the Bridge if we beat Arsenal away… and Leicester.
At Wembley, Arsenal progressed to the final against an incredibly brave Reading after a fluke goal in extra-time. Nat Chalobah has been thriving under Steve Clarke with the Royals and was on the shortlist for man of the match. Nathan Ake was cup-tied but has been having his own impact on the Berkshire side’s promotion push.
Chelsea U18 3:1 West Bromwich Albion U18
A return to winning ways for the academy boys and a convincing performance to boot the goals came from Miro Muheim, Ike Ugbo and Mukhtar Ali. This was a very young side with a smattering of schoolboys ahead of the FA youth cup final on Monday.
Sunday 19 April
Chelsea 1:0 Liverpool
The women maintained their 100% start with another Eni Aluko goal and survived a missed penalty against last season’s champions to move clear at the top of the table.
Meanwhile later that evening, Patrick Bamford won the football league player of the year award in recognition of his wonderful goal scoring while on loan at Middlesbrough.