London’s tier 2 status means up to 2,000 supporters will be permitted to attend the home Premier League match against Leeds United on Saturday 5 December, subject to approval from the relevant local authorities. We are delighted some fans can return and look forward to a full stadium when the time is right.
In addition, home supporters will also be permitted at Chelsea Women’s WSL match against West Ham at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 6 December.
There is no need to contact the club for the details at this point. More information will be available soon and we will communicate this to our fans at the earliest opportunity.
Our full December schedule is now:
Sevilla v Chelsea – Wednesday 2 December, 8pm – Champions League – BT Sport
Chelsea v Leeds – Saturday 5 December, 8pm – Premier League – Sky Sports
Chelsea v Krasnodar – Tuesday 8 December, 8pm – Champions League – BT Sport
Everton v Chelsea – Saturday 12 December, 8pm – Premier League – BT Sport
Wolves v Chelsea – Tuesday 15 December, 6pm – Premier League – Amazon Prime
Chelsea v West Ham – Monday 20 December, 8pm – Premier League – Sky Sports
Arsenal v Chelsea – Saturday 26 December, 5.30pm – Premier League – Sky Sports
Chelsea v Aston Villa – Monday 28 December, 5.30pm – Premier League – Amazon Prime
*All times are UK times
Ed Brand’s boys begin another Youth Cup run at home this weekend, less than a month after we concluded last season’s competition at the final stage at St George’s Park.
It’s been a busy week already for our youngsters, who were in Under-18 Premier League battle against Aston Villa on Saturday at Cobham before an entertaining Under-17 Premier League Cup tie against Southampton saw the young Blues lose out in a seven-goal thriller.
It will be a first Youth Cup meeting with the Tykes since February 2013, when Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ake and Ruben Loftus-Cheek featured in a 3-0 victory at Staines Town.
With little time to dwell on results, we have the chance to return to winning ways in the Youth Cup this weekend and you can support from home by following the live stream on the 5th Stand app or the official Chelsea website. Kick-off on Saturday is 2pm.
And that was it for the four-game group-stage qualifications until this week. In the time in between we won the Champions League in 2011/12, but famously it needed a big Drogba night against Valencia on matchday six to keep us in the competition, and the following year we did not even make it out of the group stage at all.
Happily, that was a one-off such slip by the Blues, and although we undoubtedly want to win Group E in 2020/21, Olivier Giroud’s late goal in Rennes means tension reduced for the two games to come, a rare but welcome luxury.
Hudson-Odoi’s first-half goal in Rennes was made in the Chelsea Academy, as the winger slotted home after fellow graduate Mason Mount had won the ball in midfield and picked out his run with a brilliant pass in behind. However, according to Hudson-Odoi, he never had any doubt his team-mate would produce that kind of assist.
‘I know Mason, he works really hard, he presses it well in the middle. As soon as he won the ball I thought to myself “take off” because I knew that I was in front of the full-back and I knew that he would find me straight away. His vision is amazing and he saw me straight away, which I was happy about, and I got in there and I scored a goal so I’m really happy.’
We didn’t have things all our own way at Roazhon Park, though, as some late drama saw Rennes equalise before Olivier Giroud’s injury-time header gave us victory. That win also made us the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League, quickly followed by Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus.
‘It’s amazing,’ added Hudson-Odoi. ‘When we went out there, we knew that if we got the win we could be going through so we pushed and pushed and pushed until the end. It was unfortunate to concede a goal but we dug deep, got the extra goal at the end and we’re delighted to go through.’