In the Wembley sunshine on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0. Antonio Conte’s side will face Manchester United after the Red Devils came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata after half-time confirmed a comfortable victory in the end.
Just three days before their FA Cup semi-final with Southampton, Chelsea travelled to Turf Moor to face an in-form Burnley side. The Blues made sure they didn’t slip up with a 2-1 victory thanks to Victor Moses’ winner after Ashley Barnes had cancelled out Kevin Long’s first-half own goal.
In Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League, Chelsea survived a scare against relegation-threatened Southampton as they had to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Olivier Giroud’s brace off the bench led the revival, with Eden Hazard getting the other one. These goals came after Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek had given the Saints a strong lead.
After a thrilling Manchester derby on Saturday evening, there was a chance of an exciting London derby on Sunday afternoon. However, as Chelsea surrendered yet another one-goal lead, they had to settle for a rather stale 1-1 draw with West Ham. Javier Hernandez’s ninth goal against the Blues cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta’s scruffy opener.
Chelsea needed to avoid defeat at all costs in their Easter Sunday clash with Tottenham to keep any hopes of a top-four finish alive. However, after going a goal ahead through Alvaro Morata, the hosts were brought crashing back down to earth. Christian Eriksen brought Spurs level before a Dele Alli brace sealed his side’s first win at Stamford Bridge for 28 years.
At the end of a week where they were comfortably beaten 3-0 Barcelona, Chelsea made sure they weren’t knocked out of the FA Cup. The Blues overcame a spirited Leicester side after extra time and booked their place in the semifinal at Wembley against Southampton. Goals from Spanish pair Alvaro Morata and Pedro either side of Jamie Vardy’s equaliser were enough to see them through.
Chelsea knew they had a lot to do when they travelled to Camp Nou on Wednesday night after the 1-1 draw in the first-leg. However, after just three minutes, Antonio Conte’s side had the steepest of mountains to climb which they failed to do, losing 3-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate. Lionel Messi got the first and the third goals with Ousmane Dembele getting a brilliant second in between.
Saturday’s late kick-off could have been a banana skin for Chelsea as Crystal Palace made the trip to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues didn’t allow that to happen with a narrow 2-1 win, thanks to Willian’s opener and a Martin Kelly own goal. Patrick van Aanholt scored in the dying minutes but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
Chelsea had to right the wrongs from last week’s performance away at Man United but made things worse with an abysmal showing where they were very lucky to come away with a 1-0 loss against Manchester City. Bernardo Silva’s first-half goal was the difference at the Etihad as the Blues were brushed aside by another textbook Pep Guardiola masterclass.
On a day that was largely dominated by Manchester City’s 3-0 Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal, Chelsea were beaten 2-1 against former boss Jose Mourinho’s Man United at Old Trafford.
One of the world’s biggest clubs was in town on Tuesday night as Chelsea hosted La Liga leaders Barcelona in their Champions League Last 16 first-leg. The Premier League champions looked to have executed a perfect tactical performance as Willian put them one goal ahead before a poor decision from Andreas Christensen led to Lionel Messi’s first-ever goal against the Blues.
In the first of the Emirates FA Cup fifth-round action, Chelsea made sure they showed no complacency as they comfortably brushed aside Hull by four goals to nil. Willian helped himself to a brace while Pedro and Olivier Giroud also got on the scoresheet.
There was plenty of uncertainty in the air at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening despite the Blues facing bottom-of-the-table West Brom.
Chelsea were well and truly outplayed on a night where they succumbed to a 4-1 demolition from London rivals Watford.
Chelsea suffered a major embarrassment at the hands of Bournemouth on Wednesday night. Antonio Conte’s men succumbed 3-0 to a brave and inspired Cherries side, marking the Italian’s worst defeat as Chelsea boss.
Chelsea made no mistake of booking their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a convincing 3-0 win over Newcastle United at the first time of asking. The game was labelled as a potential banana skin for Antonio Conte’s side but two goals from Michy Batshuayi and a fabulous Marcos Alonso free-kick put that beyond doubt.
Chelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in their EFL Cup semi-final first leg two weeks ago at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had plenty of opportunities to take a lead into the second leg of the tie but squandered several good chances.
Chelsea travelled to the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back after back-to-back league draws with Leicester City and Arsenal. They made sure they weren’t going to fall victim to a stalemate again by stuffing four goals past a spirited Brighton side.
On the back of Chelsea’s goalless draw on Wednesday evening with Arsenal, they failed to better that result in their Premier League clash with Leicester City.
Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Arsenal was just the second English football match to use VAR (Video Assistant Referee). The fact that the new concept stole the show with no incorrect or controversial decisions says everything you need to know about the game of football.
Chelsea failed to assert their authority as favourites as they could only manage a goalless draw with Championship side Norwich City in the FA Cup third round. This means the two sides will face off at Stamford Bridge in the replay in a week and a half’s time where the winner will find themselves in the pot for the fourth round.
The first London derby of the year certainly didn’t disappoint and the spoils were shared at the Emirates after it ended 2-2 thanks to some injury-time excitement at both ends.
On the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton, Chelsea flexed their muscles again at Stamford Bridge with a 5-0 demolition of Stoke City, who are reportedly considering the position of their manager, Mark Hughes.
The Premier League festive period is notorious for being extremely busy and for throwing up some very unexpected results. Chelsea faced two matches in four days: the first away at Everton on the 23rd before facing Brighton at home on Boxing Day.