Monday 7 September
Serbia’s Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic both played as they lost narrowly to France in a friendly.
England U21 won 0-1 in Norway with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nat Chalobah playing one half each.

Tuesday 8 September
Chelsea U18 4:2 Queens Park Rangers U18
Harvey St Clair stamped his authority on this one by first missing a penalty, then providing the corner that led to an og opener and hitting the second himself as QPR were put to the sword by a very young group of schoolboys and scholars. Dan Kemp provided a couple of second-half strikes to give the scoreline the tilt it deserved given our dominance.

Gary Cahill goes close to scoring against Liverpool
Gary Cahill goes close to scoring against Liverpool

England 2:0 Switzerland
Well, Wayne Rooney scored to become England’s record goalscorer with 50 goals for his country – shame for him that it should be a penalty in a lacklustre dead rubber, shame for us that he scored so few of them in tournaments.
Gary Cahill returned to the defence but it is odd seeing an England side with so few Chelsea players.
Spain also managed a win but you have to say that international football is getting closer as they only managed a 0-1 to Macedonia and that one was a deflected own-goal. Only Diego Costa of the Chelsea contingent played.

Thursday 10 September
When a bad start to the season gets worse, part 12…
Thibaut Courtois tore the meniscus in his right knee in training yesterday. The cartilage pad in his knee came away from the bone slightly and will need three months rest and recuperation.

Friday 11 September
Chelsea U21 4:2 Liverpool U21
The International Cup started well for the stiffs as goals from John Swift and a second-half hat-trick by Kasey Palmer gave us a win in the opening group game.
Benfica and Celtic will be visiting in the remaining group games.

Saturday 12 September
Everton 3:1 Chelsea
When a bad start to the season gets worse, part 24…
Nothing has changed from the last slip against Palace. Everton were quicker in thought and deed and simply wanted it more. We lumbered around offering free headers in the box to anyone who wanted one and closed down in midfield like schoolgirls with wet nail polish.
Steven Naismith scored all their goals but the space we allowed him he should have had more.
Nemanja Matic thumped in ours from thirty-odd yards but it said something that our goal was a brilliant individual strike – we are not creating chances.
This is a malaise and Jose has not helped by kicking out the team doctor and grumping at anyone who’ll listen. We are the first to criticise when decisions go against us or we are unlucky but our form has just vanished and with it any aura of champions we might have had. The best way to react is with humility and hard work.
It didn’t help that John Stones played brilliantly.

Leicester City U18 2:3 Chelsea U18
At least everything down in the academy is rosy. We came from behind twice with goals from Miro Muheim, Trevor Chalobah and Harvey St Clair provided the winner.

Sunday 13 September
Birmingham City 1:0 Chelsea
The women dropped out of the Continental Tyres cup after just failing to convert their chances while letting in a stunning free-kick. We need to concentrate on the league with three games to go so it isn’t such a blow.

Juan Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado

Over in Europe, the on-loan Juan Cuadrado rescued a point for Juventus by winning a penalty. That wasn’t the important aspect of his game though, the player who looked shy and indecisive at the Bridge suddenly blossomed back into what we thought we were getting – thrilling runs, quick feet and all round impact.

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