Wednesday 12 October
VfL Wolfsburg 1:1 Chelsea
Eni Aluko scored to let us dream of overcoming the massive first leg deficit but, despite hitting the bar, it was the Germans who levelled and we leave the competition with our heads held high and a decent result against the strongest team on the continent. Aluko latched on to the kind of defensive mistake that handed the Germans so many chances at the Bridge and the girls grew in self belief after that but 3-0 was too big a task.
Thursday 13 October
Willian’s mother passed away. We hope he and his family can overcome this real shock.
The club and Nike finally announced the kit deal that will see Adidas replaced by the American giant. The yanks will be paying us £60m a year until 2023 (which sounds more like a phone number than a year).
Not all of the kits produced by Nike over the years have been tatty thoughtless rubbish with no sense of the club’s history but they did put Manchester United in gingham.
Friday 14 October
Chelsea U23 0:0 Leicester City U23
A nil each at Aldershot after we’d hit a post and the Foxes lost a man they still clung on for a point.
Saturday 15 October
Chelsea 3:0 Leicester City
There was almost the feeling that Leicester were saying thank you for denying Tottenham last season by resting a few players ahead of this one.
There was certainly an after-you-ness about their defending at the first corner that allowed Costa to smash in the opener. 1-0
They weren’t much better when Pedro managed to hook the ball on while lying on the pitch for Hazard to round the ’keeper and double the lead. 2-0
The best bit of skill came from Nathaniel Chalobah when Victor Moses buried his neat flick on. 3-0
That was late in the second and we could, perhaps should, have had a half-dozen but the points and the smiles were enough today.
What is clear is that Moses and Alonso are both fitting the new three at the back system to perfection. Their drive on the wings seems to have freed up Eden Hazard and the wee Belgian maestro looks full of confidence again.
Chelsea U18 2:0 Leicester City U18
We created enough chances in the morning for another rout but we had to wait until the second period for Tariq Uwakwe to finish a fine team goal and, good grief, Charlie Brown to finish things off at the death.
Tuesday 18 October
Exeter City 3:2 Chelsea U23
A sobering night in the league cup for the development squad but one that showed so much promise. Exeter did race into a first-minute lead and got three ahead but never outclassed our teenagers. Ike Ugbo netted two to get us back into the match as we started to dominate chances and Jay Dasilva had a shot to secure the draw at the death but it curled wide.
Saturday 22 October
Tottenham Hotspur U18 1:1 Chelsea U18
Marc Guehi headed us in front – another one for the spellchecker to digest – Spurs equalised quickly and there were chances at both ends as Jody Morris’s men soldier on.
Sunday 23 October
Chelsea 4:0 Manchester United
Apparently one of our old managers was in town to watch this one. You could be forgiven for missing him as the attention of the football world turned from Jose Mourinho to his side shipping four inside of 34 seconds.
Matthew Harding would have loved the day: Pedro scoring as United stood and pointed fingers; Gary Cahill crashing in a second; the sublime finish conjured by Hazard to make it three and the sight of a defensive midfielder jinking his way into the box to beat De Gea with his eyes for the icing on the cake.
N’Golo Kante’s was the pick of the goals but the afternoon was one long party we were that good against a confused looking United.