Blue Mondays: A Trip to Abu Dhabi

After scraping by Plymouth on Saturday, Chelsea will divert their attention to the Middle East where they look to add the final piece to their trophy jigsaw.


Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Alonso and Kepa Save Chelsea’s Bacon:

The FA Cup directed another lower league side to Stamford Bridge for the fourth tie. A

n expectant crowd made their way to the ground and were told that Thomas Tuchel had tested positive for COVID-19, throwing Chelsea’s plans for the week into chaos. Arno Michels took charge of the first team for the game against Plymouth, with Tuchel still hoping to meet up with the team in Abu Dhabi later this week.


The game didn’t start well for The Blues, who fell behind after just eight minutes as Macaulay Gillesphey headed home to give the visitors a shock lead at The Bridge. Chelsea had to wait until just before half-time to get an equaliser through skipper César Azpilicueta, which came after the hosts had hit the woodwork three times.


The European Champions kept their pressure on in the second half, but The Pilgrims held on to take the game to extra-time. Substitute Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the lead in the first period of extra-time but they still had to rely on Kepa Arrizabalaga to save a last minute penalty to put The Blues into fifth round, where Chelsea have been drawn against Championship side Luton Town.

(credit | BBC Sport).


Club World Club, Semi-Final and Final:

Chelsea fly to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Club World Cup for just the second time in the club’s history, after finishing runners up in 2012. That year in Japan The Blues were defeated by Brazilian side Corinthians 1-0 in the final. Chelsea will be hoping to add this trophy to the cabinet to truly be able to say, “we’ve won it all”.

The London club will enter the competition in the semi-finals, where they are set to face 2021 AFC Champions League winners Al Hilal on Wednesday.

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