Monday 13 February
Manchester City failed to slip up at Bournemouth so our lead is cut to eight points. Jesus did pick up an injury that looks serious but when you can bring on Aguero as a replacement things aren’t so bleak.
Wednesday 15 February
FA Youth Cup
Leicester City U18 0:1 Chelsea U18
A very different match to the recent league encounter and a struggle from start to finish but Ike Ugbo popped up with the important header and we march on.
We are the first team through to the semi-finals (eight years in a row) the other ties are played over the next two weeks.
Friday 17 February
Chelsea 2:0 Fortuna Hjorring
The women’s training camp in Portugal ended with a storming performance and win against another Champions League quarter-final team. Crystal Dunn scored the first and Eni Aluko eventually netted a second in a lively match, dominated close pressing from Chelsea.
The FA youth cup semi-final draw pitted us against either Tottenham Hotspur of Newcastle United over two legs one of which will be at the Bridge.
Christian Purslow is stepping down as chairman of the club. Christian was brought in three years ago to bring in more commercial income and with the club having announced half a dozen new sponsorships and partnerships and the team running out in Nike kit next year he has clearly done his job.
Meanwhile, Dominic Solanke looks like he might be out the door in the summer. His agent has been asking for a big pay rise, so the stories go, and Arsenal and Liverpool look more likely to offer him a chance.
Saturday 18 February
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0:2 Chelsea
This was another fight as Wolves started on the front foot and fought for every ball. Old boy George Saville almost caused us a wobble but blasted against the post and from there we carved out the opportunities. Pedro darted into the box to meet a Willian cross for our first and Costa’s late strike seemed inevitable, a 19th goal of the season for our No.19, as Wolves pressed men forward.
Chelsea U23 3:4 Manchester City U23
A game that hinged on an absurd decision for handball and a penalty stymied a great fight back as goals from Charly Musonda and Josimar Quintero hauled us level at the break at 2-2.
The penalty swung the second-half in City’s favour and Isaac Buckley’s late strike should have earned us at least a share of the spoils.
Chelsea U18 13:0 Brighton and Hove Albion U18
Good grief, that was a fine performance as Brighton failed to show up to the tonking and Charlie Brown scored himself four, Martell Taylor-Crossdale and Luke McCormick grabbed hat-tricks and Cole Dasilva, Connor Gallagher, and Harvey St Clair added the spares.
Sunday 19 February
Manchester United at home in the next round of the cup as Jose Mourinho gets another chance to return. Arsenal will play Lincoln City at home if they manage to squeak past Sutton United tomorrow. Maybe non-league teams are all Arsenal can muster themselves against in Arsene’s dotage. Tottenham and Millwall will contest the least-loved in London derby and Middlesbrough will play Huddersfield Town (oh, or Manchester City).
We have now drawn United 12 times in FA Cup ties, isn’t it odd how a random draw can throw up the same tie over and over again. No replay this year from the quarter-finals onward. If you fancy seeing Chelsea playing live you may be able to find a ticket here.