Welcome to ‘The Monthly Report’ – a brand new, monthly feature from Chelsea Echo where we look at the previous month and pick out all the highlights and moments that involve Chelsea both on and off the pitch.
Over the coming months, you’ll see this report cover ALL the Chelsea teams and players.
The First Team.
The Women’s Team.
From standout stats to moments of the month to things to consider… The Monthly Report will the perfect place for you to catch up on everything that is Chelsea, each and every month.
Everything will be covered – The Monthly Report will evolve and grow over the coming months, without question!
Without further ado, let’s begin with last month’s activities… January.
THE FIRST TEAM
From the highs of defeating Spurs to reach the final of the Carabao Cup, to the lows of losing to Arsenal and being humiliated by Bournemouth – January was a very crazy month for Maurizio Sarri and his players, that’s for certain.
And that craziness doesn’t even include the club’s dealings in the transfer window, along with the constant speculation that has surrounded both Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
It’s definitely safe to say that so much has happened this past month that January alone felt like an entire season. Been tiring to keep up with everything, just from a fan’s perspective alone!
Defeating Tottenham Hotspur to reach the Carabao Cup final
As a Chelsea fan, there are not many more things you could want besides beating Spurs. Especially when there’s something as important as a cup final spot at stake. Trailing from the first leg, Chelsea’s passion and desire was questioned pre-match but was soon forgotten once David Luiz scored the winning penalty in the shootout to seal a place in the final against Manchester City later this month.
The 4-0 humiliation at Bournemouth
There was absolutely nothing this night that was salvageable in terms of positivity. No passion, no desire, no commitment, no urgency, no intensity…
The match was an absolute nightmare.
The atmosphere afterwards within the Chelsea fanbase was simply awful as well. One of the worst matches in Chelsea’s history – not an exaggeration.
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg)
Beating Tottenham, at Stamford Bridge, in ANOTHER semi-final… what else could you possibly ask for?
Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
The less we remember about this match the better. Simply awful.
GOAL OF THE MONTH
Callum Hudson-Odoi vs Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup Fourth Round)
A fantastic piece of skill which lead to an assured finish – this goal was a glimpse of the potential Hudson-Odoi truly has.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
If it wasn’t for the consistent performances Kepa in January, a lot of the highs we had last month would be non-existent. It’s as simple as that.
Showing great professionalism and being arguably the only standout in the abysmal defeat to Bournemouth, making a couple of crucial saves in the 2-1 victory against Newcastle United, to his penalty shootout heroics against Tottenham Hotspur… the £71.6m signing from Athletic Bilbao is already turning out to be a bargain. One of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and on his way to becoming one of the best in Europe.
• Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, £57.6m – Loaned back to Dortmund until the end of the season)
• Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus, Initial Loan – £8.1m loan fee)
• Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace – Loan, £1.04m loan fee)
• Cesc Fàbregas (AS Monaco – undisclosed)
• Álvaro Morata (Atlético Madrid – Loan until end of 19/20 season, £4.5m loan fee)
• Victor Moses (Fenerbahçe – Loan until end of 19/20 season)
• Lucas Piazon (Chievo – Loan)
OTHER THINGS TO MENTION
With the addition of Higuain and departures of Batshuayi, Fabregas, Morata & Moses, changes were made to both the Premier League and Europa League squads. Most notable changes were the inclusion of Marco van Ginkel and Danny Drinkwater to the Premier League and Europa League squads respectively.
STATS (ALL COMPS)
• Matches Played – 8 (W4, D1, L3)
• Goals – 18 (GF – 9, GA – 9)
• Average Possession – 65.2%
• xG Average (Premier League only) – 0.91
See you next month!