Tuesday 2 October
It seems Ronaldo isn’t just a preening narcissist he might also be a rapist. He apparently paid cash money to make allegations go away when still a United player and Las Vegas police have reopened a complaint from 2009.
Could all our dreams come true and our least favourite player end his career in a Nevadan prison cell?
United managed to snatch a 0-0 draw at home to Valencia in the Champions League while City beat German upstarts Hoffenheim with a last minute goal.
Wednesday 3 October
Chelsea U19 10:1 Molde FK
Daishawn Redan and Billy Gilmour both scored hat-tricks, Charlie Brown scored two and George McEachran netted the other, for those who can count there was an won goal in there somewhere too.
Molde did manage an away-goal late on but we are not sure that it will do them much good in the return leg.
Spurs blew up at Wembley again. This time losing 2-4 to Barcelona. While Liverpool were so poor in Naples that Napoli gradually realised they had nothing to fear and could attack at will. Ancelotti’s team duly snatched a late winner.
Aston Villa sacked Steve Bruce and John Terry’s name was instantly on the bookies list.
Thursday 4 October
Chelsea 1:0 MOL Vidi
This was a weird night. Not many of us turned up expecting to see Kepa Arrizabalaga tested rather than the Hungarian keeper.
Eight changes from the Liverpool game didn’t contribute but we underestimated the Hungarians who nearly qualified for the Champion’s League.
For all that Cesc Fabregas controlled the tempo from deep well enough but the feet of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alvaro Morata are both set in treacle at the moment and moves faded out too often.
Morata did score in the second-half from Willian’s flick-on but we stumbled on to the close and they could and perhaps, should have equalised.
Still, we now top the group with six points from two games having scored two goals.
Mason Mount has been called into the England squad as Gareth Southgate looks for a midfielder who can pass the ball. James Maddison and Jadon Sancho also come into a very youthful squad. Ross Barkley is also back in contention after breaking into the first team for most of our games this season.
The League Cup tie with Derby will be broadcast live on Sky Wednesday 31 October.
Saturday 6 October
Brighton and Hove Albion U18 1:2 Chelsea U18
Henry Lawrence is making a name for himself at this level as his second goal in two games handed us the points. Tino Anjorin scored our first with an outrageous shot from distance in the 76-minute. Until that strike the match had looked a soggy draw.
In Manchester, Kenedy scored Newcastle United’s first as they raced into a 0-2 lead. Jose’s United managed to reel them in to win 3-2, insuring he keeps his job over the international break.
Sunday 7 October
Southampton 0:3 Chelsea
This wasn’t a straight forward as the score suggests as Southampton carved out plenty of chances but a combination of an evermore impressive ’keeper and sloppy finishing meant we didn’t have to go through the gears.
Hazard opened the scoring from Barkley’s through ball. In the second-half Barkley managed to get himself on the scoresheet, tapping home Giroud’s volley from a free-kick. Alvaro Morata came on to score for his second match in a row and we sit, temporarily, at the top of the tree… until… City took over after contriving to miss a penalty in a 0-0 with Liverpool but still head the table on goal difference. We sit second with Liverpool third.
John Terry announced his retirement from football as rumours of a Henry/Terry dream team managing Villa grew louder.
John was everything to this club as a player in a 20-year career. He has obviously been impressed with the work Frank Lampard has been doing at Derby and has realised his former colleague could be in the Stamford Bridge dugout faster than him if he doesn’t get his skates on.