Some advice. Never take a few days off from writing stuff before the International break takes-over and in the two week break for Euro 2008 qualifiers, there ain't a lot of stuff that you can write about and thats my excuse.... wink wink!!!
Seriously after a break from work I have returned today from three days away on business and I am STILL LOOKING FOR THAT SPONSOR that will give me a wireless internet PC so I can keep this blog up-to-date 24/7, 365 days a year!!!
So the following is a pick of what's been going on in the Chelsea world since the Villa defeat.
Former Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield died last night (Tuesday) at the age of 61 losing his battle with cancer.
Porterfield managed Chelsea in the period between 1991 and 1993 after Bobby Campbell restored Chelsea's presence in the top flight. Porterfield was Chelsea coach and the players wanted his elevation to manager and so it was.
In his time Porterfield led Chelsea to a FA Cup Quarter-Final for the first time in 10 years, we won at Anfield for the first time in 56 years and Chelsea finished 14th in the First Division.
Porterfield though will be famously remembered for the goal he scored in the 1973 Cup Final against Leeds when Sunderland won the FA Cup final 1-0.
Reports today suggest the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has offered the entire Russian squad a £40,000 per man bonus to beat England at Wembley tonight. Chelsea has issued a statement refuting these allegations.
The German FA is jumping up and down about the condition/future and his exclusion from Chelsea's Champions League squad (till the knockout stages) of Michael Ballack. Really who gives a toss. I don't. Ballack is a Chelsea waste of space and I can't wait till he leaves and if he ends up at Real Madrid then let him. With Jose's new system, Ballack will probably get more games at Brentford for the reserves.
Talking of reserves. Last Monday week the reserves beat Derby County 4-1 and last Saturday the Academy drew at home to Birmingham City 2-2. Chelsea Ladies have yet to kick off their season due to the Women's World Cup in China, where England drew their first game against Japan 2-2.
This weekend sees the return of Premiership action and Chelsea take on Blackburn at Stamford Bridge, plus there is the first qualifying round of the FA Cup where the road to Wembley (They are all after Chelsea's Cup) sees Erith Town (who beat VCD in the last round) in action.