THE CHELSEA WEEK HOME AND AWAY
The official Chelsea website brings you news of how our loan players are progressing away from Stamford Bridge before looking ahead to a very busy festive week...
Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon - with his sixth in five games - were both on the scoresheet this weekend, but Vitesse surrendered a two-goal advantage away to Heracles that means they will be spending Christmas in second place in Holland. Christian Atsu and Gael Kakuta also featured in the 2-2 draw. Van Aanholt's goal was his second in four days, the left-back having also netted in a midweek cup defeat against Roda.
Patrick Bamford got goal number 15 of the season as MK Dons waltzed to a 3-0 victory against Port Vale, the young striker volleying home from close range.
Milan Lalkovic also found the target in League One this week for Walsall, his brilliant curling effort from the corner of the box sealing a 2-0 home win over Carlisle that moves the Saddlers to within two points of a play-off spot.
Our two other players plying their trade in England's third tier - George Saville and Sam Walker - also helped their teams to three points. Saville played 81 minutes of Brentford's fine 3-0 away win at Preston, a result which helped move the Bees to just a point behind the division's leaders, Leyton Orient, while Walker kept a clean sheet in Colchester's 2-0 success at Oldham.
Our trio in the Championship - Nathaniel Chalobah, Todd Kane and Josh McEachran - remained on the bench this weekend, as did Victor Moses at Liverpool. Romelu Lukaku played the full 90 minutes for Everton, who defeated Swansea on Sunday.
There were also full games for Thibaut Courtois and Oriol Romeu in Spain, who were on different ends of a 3-2 scoreline - the goalkeeper successful against Levante, the midfielder less so against Real Madrid.
Thorgan Hazard laid on an assist in Zulte Waregem's 2-2 draw with Oostende on Saturday, but his side's stuttering form sees them drop to fourth.
The Chelsea week ahead
We travel to the Emirates tonight (Monday) to play Arsenal, the start of a hectic festive schedule for the Blues.
On Christmas Day, the players will train late in the evening at Cobham before staying in a hotel overnight ahead of our home clash with Swansea on Boxing Day, kick-off 3pm.
Then, on Sunday, there is another game at Stamford Bridge as we take on Liverpool at 4pm.