MONDAY WRAP

It's another international week following a busy period of club football, both domestically and in Europe.

Here, the official Chelsea website picks out the highlights from the latest news surrounding some of our youngsters currently out on loan, as well as casting an eye over the fortunes of former Stamford Bridge favourites and Champions League opponents…

Josh McEachran played an instrumental role as Middlesbrough moved into top spot in the Championship - albeit temporarily - with a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside on Friday night.

The on-loan youngster, who has featured regularly since joining Tony Mowbray's side from Chelsea back in August, impressed throughout, and went close to scoring a stunning solo goal, beating four players with a sublime piece of skill before seeing his effort saved.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola enjoyed arguably the result of the weekend, guiding his Watford side - for whom Nathaniel Chalobah was an unused substitute - to an impressive 6-1 away win at Leeds United.

Gianfranco Zola at Watford

It was a slightly more disappointing weekend, however, for his ex-Chelsea team-mate, Gustavo Poyet, who described his Brighton & Hove Albion side's 3-3 draw against 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers as their worst result of the season.

Over in Holland, both Tomas Kalas and Patrick van Aanholt, currently on-loan at Vitesse Arnhem, played the full 90 minutes as they kept a clean sheet against Eredivisie table-toppers FC Twente in a goalless draw, while Gael Kakuta, whose loan spell at Vitesse got off to a slow start, has completed the last two games.

With qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League still in the balance, and a tricky trip to take on Juventus in Turin little over a week away, it's important to assess the current form of our opponents.

The Italian champions romped to a comfortable 6-1 away win at Pescara on Saturday, with Fabio Quagliarella - who scored the equaliser when Antonio Conte's side drew 2-2 at the Bridge in September - netting a hat-trick.

Shakhtar Donetsk, meanwhile, who we are level with on points with at the top of Group E, continued their impressive domestic form, winning 4-0 away at Metalurh Donetsk to maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign, while FC Nordsjaelland were held to a 2-2 draw by Randers in Denmark.

Our dramatic 3-2 win against the Ukrainians last week was undoubtedly one of the games of the competition thus far, but there were plenty of goals elsewhere, particularly in Munich, where a number of familiar faces to Chelsea supporters found themselves on the scoresheet.

Claudio Pizarro bagged a hat-trick for Bayern Munich as they overcame Lille 6-1, with Arjen Robben also netting for the home side, while Salomon Kalou netted a consolation for the visitors with a stunning left-footed strike which crashed in off the underside of the bar.

Claudio Pizarro celebrates scoring for Bayern Munich

On the subject of former players, Didier Drogba was back in west London for yesterday's match against Liverpool, and the Ivorian popped into the changing room after the final whistle to catch up with a few former friends - including Joe Cole - who was an unused substitute for Brendan Rodgers' side.

With so many players away on international duty, the build-up to Saturday's game at West Brom looks set to be a quiet one.

Our Under-21s, however, are in action tonight when they host Crystal Palace at Brentford FC, where Dermot Drummy's side will be looking to build on an impressive 3-2 win away at Manchester City last week.

Staying with the Academy, our Under-18s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday, a late George Cole strike rescuing a point for Adi Viveash's young team.

You can watch the highlights of that game here tomorrow, while next up for them is an away fixture at Liverpool on Saturday.

Meanwhile, with a whole host of former Chelsea players currently plying their trade as managers, Andriy Shevchenko could be the latest name added to the list after he was invited to take charge of the Ukrainian national team.

Shevchenko retired from playing back in July following an 18-year career, but as such an iconic figure back in his home country, he may find the lure of taking the managerial reins too difficult to resist.

A statement of the Ukraine Football Federation's website said: 'President of the Football Federation of Ukraine, Anatoliy Konkov, has decided to invite Andriy Shevchenko to take the post of head coach.'