Monday 18 November
Patrick Van Aanholt has been drafted in to the full Dutch squad ahead of the friendly against Columbia tomorrow. Patrick Bamford has been rewarded for his early goalscoring form with Milton Keynes with an U21 call up for the game with San Marino.
Nigeria played a friendly against Italy at Craven Cottage. Obi John and Victor Moses both played in the 2-2 draw.
Brackley of the Conference North beat hapless Gillingham in the cup at home to secure a place in the 2nd round for the first time. It was a good thing they won because BT put on the most patronising, cringing coverage of an FA Cup game in the tournament’s history.
Meanwhile Nathan Ake was in U21 action as the Netherlands drew 1-1 with France in Toulouse.
Tuesday 19 November
England 0:1 Germany
Another dreadful England performance slips by as a bewildered manager looks on helplessly. There is no clearer case for sacking him immediately and allowing new manger to develop the squad ahead of the World Cup.
Patrick Bamford made his debut at U21 as England beat poor San Marino 9-0. As a second-‘half substitute Patrick wasn’t among the scorers.
Ghana secured their place at the World Cup despite losing 2-1 to Egypt they had enough in hand from the first leg. Michael Essien played the whole match while new boy Christian Atsu was on the bench.
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku both played as Belgium were beaten by Japan. And Juan Mata was a second-half substitute but couldn’t prevent World and European champions Spain being beaten by South Africa.
Brazil beat England’s conquerors Chile in Toronto 2-1 as all four Chelsea players took part.
Patrick Van Aanholt won his first full Dutch, erm, international appearance for the Netherlands as they drew 0-0 with Columbia.
Bertrand Traore and Burkina-Faso came close but lost on away goals to Algeria.
Wednesday 20 November
West Brom have received an astonishing apology from Mike Riley about the penalty that levelled up our last game. Riley is head of the referee’s body PGMOL and he doesn’t think Ramires deserved a spot kick. What is astonishing is admission of human error by a referee. We wait Øvrebø’s next statement with interest.
Friday 22 November
Mike Riley has set a dangerous precedent by phoning Steve Clarke to apologise about our penalty against West Brom according to Jose Mourinho.
He pointed to all of the managers who felt their team had been harshly treated and asked if any of them had received a phone call and added: “At least now the referees know, they know one thing. If, in a controversial … decision … that favours Chelsea, they know they are going to be publicly exposed by their boss. That they know.” It was nice to have a gentle first press conference back after the international break for a change.
Rumours that Ashley Cole has another rib problem appear to be true and he will be in the squad for the trip to West Ham but Azpilicueta starts. Fernando Torres isn’t quite ready – otherwise, everyone came home fit and well from the internationals.
Saturday 23 November
West Ham United 0:3 Chelsea
Frank Lampard rubbed it in again as West Ham’s loyalists watched their favourite ex-player score two goals in a game that was so absurdly one-sided that our hosts first shot on target came just as the ref blew his whistle.
Frank started with a penalty after Jussi Jaaskelainen wiped out Oscar as he ran on to a poor back pass. Frank used to place them into either corner but ’keepers have been guessing some of them recently so he now goes straight down the middle. 0-1.
Somehow Sam Allardyce and tactical innovation never seemed close bedfellows but here he again played without a striker – instead pushing Kevin Nolan forward from midfield and hoping to support him. Aside from a few good crosses West Ham offered nothing like a threat.
Oscar’s precision gave us another before the break. Fed by Hazard as a defender rushed out to break up play, Oscar advanced into the gap and fired into the bottom corner. 0-2.
There was a ray of light for the home team in the second period as Maiga fired wide when it looked easier to score but it was a blip. Gary Cahill had a header cleared off the line as we eased off in the second-half. The idea was to break through them as they came looking for the game which we eventually did – Hazard’ shot was blocked and Frank swept in the rebound. 0-3.
The ground emptied out as the Hammers realised they had somewhere to go, something better to do than watch Chelsea bury them at home. The home fans have a new song to back their players and manager it goes like this: “Booooooooooooooooooo”.
Despite Chris Foy refereeing there were no controversies, no injuries nothing more than a routine win and home in time to watch the disappointing Dr Who.
Chelsea U18 1:1 Aston Villa U18
This was a very good test for a very young Chelsea side as the league leaders were held and might have been beaten. Villa dominated the opening but a youthful Chelsea came back into it with Reece Mitchell equalising in the second-half and with Villa down to ten men we had the chances to win it.
Sunday 24 November
Yesterday’s result moved us up into third just behind Liverpool on goals scored. Today’s matches could have shaken us down but poor Spurs lost by all the goals in six at Manchester City while United only managed a draw with Cardiff.