THE CHELSEA WEEK HOME AND AWAY
The official Chelsea website rounds up some of our loan player's fortunes over the weekend, checks on a couple of our former player's movement in the January transfer window, looks at our Champions League opponents Galatasaray's recent fortunes and then previews the week ahead...
There was a second goal in Liverpool colours, and a first since September, for Victor Moses, whose low drive from 20 yards opened the scoring in their 2-0 FA Cup win at Bournemouth, our former striker Daniel Sturridge scoring the other goal.
Patrick Bamford celebrated winning the Football League's Young Player of the Month for December by netting the equaliser in Derby's 1-1 draw away to Blackburn six minutes from time. The young forward had only been on the pitch for 20 minutes when he curled a delicious left-footed shot home from outside the area. His manager Steve McClaren said afterwards that Bamford is 'a natural goalscorer with a fantastic temperament' who will be a 'real asset' to Derby's promotion push in the coming months.
Nathaniel Chalobah made his Middlesbrough bow, coming on for the last 13 minutes of their 2-0 loss at leaders Leicester, while Kenneth Omeruo remained an unused substitute.
There was a Vitesse Arnhem debut for Bertrand Traore, who replaced Lucas Piazon with 68 minutes played, but unfortunately the home side conceded three minutes later to bottom club NEC and were held to a 1-1 draw. Ajax won and so move two points clear of Vitesse at the top of the Eredivisie.
Ben Sahar has joined Armenia Bielefield on loan, from Hertha Berlin II, until the end of the season. Our former striker had scored three goals in seven appearances for Hertha's second team this season.
Adrian Mutu has returned to Romania to play for Petrolul Ploiesti, currently second in Romania's top flight. The 35-year-old joins on a free transfer from French side Ajaccio.
Champions League opponents
Galatasaray returned from their winter break this weekend but could only draw 0-0 at Gaziantepspor, the visitors missing a number of chances in Turkey's southeast.
Roberto Mancini has been busy in the January transfer window, having already brought in four players this month. They are Alex Telles, a Brazilian left-back signed from Gremio, Izet Hajrovic, a Bosnian international winger who joins from Grasshoppers in Switzerland, and two domestic-based players, Salih Dursun and Umut Gundogan.
The Chelsea week ahead
Our Under-21 side are in action this evening as we host Arsenal at Aldershot's Electrical Services Stadium in the quarter-final of the inaugural Premier League Cup. The game starts at 7.05pm and for those supporters wishing to attend admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, while season ticket holders of Chelsea, Arsenal or Aldershot will have free entry on production of their valid 2013/14 season ticket. Chelsea TV will be broadcasting the game live from 7pm.
After three weeks without a midweek game, our first team host West Ham United on Wednesday evening at Stamford Bridge, kick-off 7.45pm. Jose Mourinho will be holding a pre-match press conference tomorrow (Tuesday) to preview the game.
Friday is transfer deadline day, with the January window closing at 11pm UK time. News of any dealings will be broadcast first on this website and the @chelseafc Twitter account. There will also be a press conference on Friday ahead of our trip to Manchester City next Monday night.
Also on Friday, our Under-21s are on league duty, at home to West Brom, with the game being played behind closed doors at Cobham. Kick-off is 7.05pm and the game is being broadcast live on Chelsea TV, with our in-house TV channel staying on air afterwards to round up all the transfer deadline day news concerning the Premier League.
Our Under-18s are on the road on Saturday, away to Southampton, with an 11am start.