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news Mon 31 Aug 2015
We round up the latest action for Chelsea players on loan and take a look at the week ahead…
There has been a collection of debuts at their loan clubs for several Chelsea players during the last week. Nathan Ake played his first game for Watford, completing the 90 minutes at left-back on Tuesday in a Capital One Cup match. The Hornets, who suffered a late red card, were knocked out 1-0 away at Preston.
In the same competition, Christian Atsu recovered from injury to play his first game for Bournemouth, completing 77 minutes of a 4-0 win away at Hartlepool and looking lively. The Ghanaian hit the crossbar in the first five minutes and put Junior Stanislas in for his second goal of the game and the team’s fourth before curling a shot of his own shot wide. Bournemouth play at Watford’s conquerors Preston in the next round.
In Serie A this weekend Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado were head to head when Roma hosted Juventus, although only briefly with Cuadrado not introduced until 75 minutes for his first action for his new loan club and Salah taken off two minutes later. The Egyptian set up Miralem Pjanic to hit the post but still ended up on the winning side, the 2-1 result Roma’s first win. Juventus, who had Patrice Evra sent off, are without a point after two games.
Marko Marin was another to make his debut as a second-half substitute completed a loan move last week. He came on with his new club Trabzonspor winning 1-0 and they added another before the end. Also in action in Turkey this weekend was Kenneth Omeruo but he was on the losing side, starting in Kasimpasa single-goal defeat at Genclerbirligi.
There was a big game for Mario Pasalic midweek with the Croatian midfielder helping Monaco to a 2-1 Champions League play-off second-leg victory over Valencia, although it was not enough for an aggregate win over the Spaniards who instead go through to the group stage. Pasalic came off the bench late on in Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat by PSG in Ligue 1.
There were two Chelsea scorers in Vitesse Arnhem’s convincing 4-1 win at home to Cambuur Leeuwarden this weekend, and also an important contribution to the scoring by Nathan who won an early penalty, converted by Baker for his second goal of his loan. Baker later hit the bar with another penalty but Solanke came on to score the fourth goal in stoppage time, his first for Vitesse. Izzy Brown was also a late sub.
There was also victory in Holland for Todd Kane who was right-back in NEC’s 1-0 away win at Willem II. Kane’s side are a point behind seventh-placed Vitesse.
In Belgium, Sint-Truiden went down to a 1-0 defeat at Leuven. Bekanty Victorien Angban came off after 80 minutes of that game, replaced by Jhoao Rodriguez. A second-half goal conceded means they are now three points off the top.
Matej Delac chalked up a clean sheet in Sarajevo’s 2-0 home win over Rudar. His loan side are up to fourth in the Bosnian League.
Marco van Ginkel was one of the players who completed the full 90 minutes of Stoke’s 1-0 home defeat by West Brom in which he saw two of his colleagues in midfield sent-off in the space of six first-half minutes. The young Dutchman has played in all the Potters’ league games this season.
Middlesbrough recovered from defeat last weekend to win away Burton in the Capital One Cup before a 3-1 away Championship win at Sheffield Wednesday. Tomas Kalas played the whole of the midweek cup game and was on the bench on Saturday.
In League One, Alex Davey and Jordan Houghton competed against each other at the weekend. Davey played the whole of Peterborough’s 1-1 home draw with Gillingham with the Gills scoring in the 85th minute but conceding the equaliser at the death. Houghton played the first half for the Gillingham and had an early shot saved.
However both Chelsea Academy graduates are out of the Capital One Cup. Houghton played 78 minutes of a 2-0 cup defeat at Birmingham. Davey completed the whole of a 4-1 loss at Charlton.
Champions League opponents
Porto top the Portuguese top flight three games into the new campaign after beating Estoril 2-0 at home this weekend.
Vincent Aboubakar gave them the lead after just six minutes, before Maicon made sure of the points when he added a second just after the hour mark. Porto have taken seven points from their first three games.
Dynamo Kiev are also top of their domestic league. Their latest result was a 0-0 draw away at Zorya. They are currently three points clear of second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk.
The other team in our Champions League group, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, won 1-0 away at H.Beer Sheva on Sunday.
Eran Zehavi scored the only goal of the game in the 45th minute for Maccabi, who have won both of their opening two matches.
The Chelsea week
Many Blues go away on international duty this week and there will be news of call-ups and action on this website throughout. In England, the transfer window closes at 6pm UK time on Tuesday.
After a weekend without a match, next Saturday our Under-18s are back in league action with a home match against Southampton.
Chelsea Ladies, leaders of the WSL, begin the three-game countdown to the end of their league season with a home match against Notts County who they have already beaten in the FA Cup final. Kick-off at Staines is 2pm.