Monday 6 January
Tottenham Hotspur U23 0:1 Chelsea U23
Armando Broja provided the one moment of class on a night of cold toil for both sides.
The result sees our unbeaten start to the season continue and our place at the top of the table by a point with a game in hand intact.
Hull City away is the underwhelming result of the FA Cup fourth round draw. It might be on TV too because there isn’t a standout tie in the round. Perhaps Fulham going to Manchester City but that is as exciting as it gets.
Tottenham Hotspur have failed to find any evidence that Antonio Rüdiger was racially abused. The club were quick to point out that no evidence does not mean the offence was not committed.
Tuesday 7 January
Roman put a staggering £247m into the club last season according to the accounts. Billed as a fly-by-night playboy Roman Abramovich has yet to live up the initial speculation that he would lose interest in Chelsea and leave us in the lurch.
Danny Drinkwater has left again already, this time he will be an Aston Villa player until the end of the season.
Thursday 9 January
Hull City ticket will be just £12 for adults and the match will be on Saturday 25 January at 5.30 live on BT Sport for the rest of us.
Friday 10 January
Frank confirmed in his press conference that Christian Pulisic picked up an adductor muscle strain last Saturday before the Forest tie and will be out for a few weeks. Marcus Alonso is also missing with a strain but should be back sooner.
He did say that offers were coming in for Olivier Giroud but hinted that the club are looking for a replacement before he is allowed to leave.
He said that his conversations about players and the ones in the press were completely different but that Andreas Christensen was staying. He said “I like Andreas as a player, I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through and I want him to be the best that he can be. You see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball, particularly his choice of pass, and I want him to be all the things he can be.”
Marc Guehi has opted for toil and misery for the rest of the season on loan at Swansea City. It is the 19-year-old’s first away from Chelsea and a decent shot at first-team games should see him straight into the first-team squad for next season. Swans coach Steve Cooper used Guehi as captain when he was England U17 manager.
Luke McCormick returns to the Bridge after eight appearances for Shrewsbury Town but Josh Grant is staying at Plymouth Argyle for the rest of the season after 23 appearances for the Pilgrims in the first half of the season.
Saturday 11 January
Chelsea 3:0 Burnley
We finished like a top four challenging side swatting away a midtable side. We started like a nervous side, uncertain of how we go about winning matches at home.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is starting to show the form we know he has after last season’s injury weighed down his start to the season.
Aa last week so again this with Reece James backing him up Hudson-Odoi ran rings round defenders. His goal, our third, showed his ability to attack to box but his all-round play, the angles he found for passes and the crosses showed the class he has. Who needs to spend £100m on Jadon Sancho? The goal was Callum’s first in the league.
We opened the scoring with a penalty after Willian dragged his leg into the tackle to win the kick. It shouldn’t have been given but can we quibble after the poor VAR decisions we’ve suffered?
The second came from Tammy Abraham’s header that spun into the net through the hands of a bemused ’keeper.
It was nice to have a satisfying home win at 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon.
West Ham United U18 2:1 Chelsea U18
Pah, we opened the scoring through George Nunn but couldn’t find an answer after they grabbed the lead with two goals in two minutes.
Chelsea U23 2:1 Manchester City U23
Tariq Uwakwe gave us the early lead but City pressed us every step of the way as we were forced into a series of enormous defensive moves. An own-goal eased tensions and their goal back was just a consolation.
Sunday 12 January
Chelsea 6:1 Bristol City
Emma Hayes was not happy about the defending that allowed Bristol to take the lead and thought we should have scored more than the six we dis manage. For the record Hannah Blundell, Beth England(3), Ji So-Yun with two kept us in touch at the top of the table.
Danny Drinkwater’s debut for Villa resulted in a thumping by Manchester City. 1-6.