• Wet weather wins for the Under-18s and Dev Squad
  • The Loan Report: September 10-16
  • The new rumoured loan rules wouldn’t really affect Chelsea at all
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Left (Backs) To Fend For Themselves

Hot on the trail of Daniel Philliskirk earlier this week, two more Chelsea youngsters secured loan deals on Thursday. Neither are new to heading off to temporary homes, although their experiences do differ vastly. Ben Gordon’s second career loan spell will take in a season at Kilmarnock, whilst Ryan Bertrand’s seventh will take him to Nottingham Forest. Indeed, Bertrand’s arrived on his 21st birthday – quite a feat for one…

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Reserves: Woking vs Chelsea – A Picture Special

A selection of pictures from Wednesday’s reserve friendly, which finished Woking 1-0 Chelsea. Conor Clifford has an early shot at Lenny Pidgeley’s goal.     Jamal Blackman prepares for his Reserve team debut.     Woking go through their warm-up.     Teams emerge from the tunnel.     Jamal Blackman     Franco Di Santo contests an aerial battle.     Milan Lalkovic looks to make gains.    …

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Reserves: Woking 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea’s third reserve outing of this pre-season went much the same as their previous two. Despite playing a lower level of opposition in Blue Square South side Woking, Steve Holland’s young boys were unable to find a win and instead went down to their third defeat in a row. Joe McNerney’s header on the stroke of half time was the game’s only goal in what was probably the most disappointing…

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Defensive Woes Continue

Chelsea’s pre-season tour concluded on a sour note with yet another defeat due to defensive errors. The match started well enough, with almost a full strength line-up missing only Drogba and Cech from the starting XI, although the former was on the bench. Chelsea kicked off the first half and within a few minutes Lampard had a shot on goal that the Hamburg keeper, Rost, managed to clear to safety….

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Blues Beefed Up For Hamburg

In a few hours Chelsea will kick off their fourth and final pre-season match against Hamburg in the Volksparkstadion, Germany. After a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt on Sunday, Ancelotti will be looking for a better display from his team as part of the preparation for the Community Shield match with United this coming weekend. With all the players back from the World Cup now, and only a few notable…

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What Can Oxford Expect from Daniel Philliskirk?

So the 2010/11 loan exodus begins. After seventeen different players embarked on nineteen separate loan spells last season, Daniel Philliskirk became the second of an expected many (following Rhys Taylor) to find a new temporary home for the new campaign. The midfielder will join up with Oxford United this week and spend a month on loan at the Kassam Stadium; a deal which will likely be extended should he impress….

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Hilario Howlers Hinder Chelsea

The goalkeeping situation at Chelsea warrants further scrutiny after a string of mistakes by Hilario against Frankfurst, followed a weak display by Turnbull against Ajax. With many of the bigger name players returning from the World Cup, it was nice to see such luminary players as Lampard, Terry, Anelka and Malouda return to the starting line-up. Many players were still clearly rusty, but it was Hilario who took centre stage…

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Big Guns Back For Frankfurt

In a little over three hours, Chelsea will kick off the next stage of their pre-season schedule away to Eintracht Frankfurt. The squad flew out earlier this week, however is still without Frank Lampard, and Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge stayed back for treatment to a minor ankle injury, with Frank sidelined by a virus. Gael Kakuta, back from his exploits at the U19 Euros, will also join up with the squad…

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Junior Blues Win Milk Cup

It’s been a good twelve months for the Chelsea academy. Age groups from 12 upwards have taken part in various tournaments, both in the UK and abroad, and have come away with four trophies, headlined by April’s FA Youth Cup at Under-18 level. On Friday, the Under-15 team added a fifth cup to the cabinet as they sealed the Junior section of the 2010 Milk Cup. The prestigious tournament, now…

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Reserves: Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 Chelsea

Chelsea’s second reserve outing of the summer finished the same way as the first, with another defeat, this time inflicted by Wycombe Wanderers. A late hat-trick from Jon-Paul Pittman put a heavy dent in the scoreline which didn’t truly reflect the way the match had gone for the most part. Steve Holland’s side stepped up their level of competition after meeting Conference Premier side Crawley Town last weekend, and the…

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