Tuesday 18 September
Spurs continued their confident start to the season as they were beating Internazionale 0-1 with only injury-time to negotiate. With pure Spursy genius they contrived to lose 2-1.
Liverpool had more fun with PSG in a game that finished 3-2 as neither side understands ‘what is this thing defending?’
Wednesday 19 September
Bristol City 0:0 Chelsea
The women are starting to realise that everyone raises their game to play the champions. It was a frustrating night for all concerned.
After Spurs displaying their self-destructive instincts yesterday Man City hit a rich vein of Cityitis by losing 1-2 at home to Lyon. The French side didn’t even need to be that good as City looked like a bunch of strangers.
Oh and to round off a perfect night Ronaldo was sent off for a petulant tug on an opponent’s hair. The crying, superbaby will appeal because the laws of football have never applied to him in the past. Michy Batshuayi’s Valencia were so poor they lost the match 0-2 to Juventus’ ten-men.
Tammy Abraham scored his first goal for Aston Villa as they beat Rotherham 2-0.
Thursday 20 September
PAOK 0:1 Chelsea
This was just as it should be… a total 1971 nostalgia trip… it included a bit of a scuffle with locals, a totally dominant display on the pitch… the only thing missing was a crackling phone line for the commentator.
Willian’s cool early finish looked like it would be the first of many but the woodwork, woeful finishing and a determined defence kept the score down.
Alvaro Morata really does lack confidence at the moment and his increasingly desperate stabs at scoring are getting a bit painful. He is a gazelle who is being ask to play a warthog’s role.
Saturday 22 September
Chelsea U18 2:1 Aston Villa U18
George Nunn gave us the lead but Villa are a good side at this level and it took a good team performance and a second from Armando Broja early in the second to secure a third win in a row.
West Ham United U23 1:2 Chelsea U23
The development squad are now joint-top of the table as they beat a spirited West Ham in Dagenham. Billy Gilmour’s early penalty was quickly cancelled out but West Ham lost a man to a second bookable and Charlie Brown slotted the winner.
Sunday 23 September
West Ham United 0:0 Chelsea
A really frustrating afternoon as we played another attack versus defence game and just came up short. To be fair West Ham had the clearer chances – a late header wide had hearts in mouths – but this time we couldn’t keep the winning run going.
It is such a shame that we didn’t play this lot two weeks ago when they looked like a disorganised rabble.
Everton 0:0 Chelsea
A third draw for the women as we drop as many points in three games as we did in the whole of last season. Both Drew Spence and Fran Kirby have been misfiring as we settled for the draw. You could look on the bright side and say we are three games unbeaten at the start of the campaign … but Emma Hayes will be frustrated that we haven’t taken any of the chances we’ve made.