Chelsea took a major step towards advancing in the Europa League in the first of their two matches this week.

However, their domestic struggles continued, having crashed out of the FA Cup on home soil four days later.

Meanwhile, the club’s under-19s advanced in the Youth League after beating strong French opposition.

Two of Chelsea’s former old guard reunited to watch Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat and the under-19s’ momentous victory.

And, Maurizio Sarri has confirmed three players he could be without for tonight’s second leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash.

Chelsea supporter and Football Journalism student Jonty Colman looks at five of the major talking points from the past seven days.

Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

The Blues took a leap towards securing a place in the Europa League’s round of 16 with a 2-1 victory away at Malmo last Thursday.

Sarri’s side took a two-goal lead heading into the hour mark, with Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud both scoring for the first time in 2019.

Malmo reduced the deficit on home soil as Anders Christiansen netted inside the final 10 minutes of the match.

Chelsea will take their one-goal advantage into tonight’s second leg at Stamford Bridge against Uwe Rosler’s side.

Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United

Their return to winning ways lasted just four days as a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United in a repeat of the 2018 FA Cup final saw them exit the competition in the capital.

They found themselves with an almighty second-half fightback on their hands as Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba both headed themselves onto the scoresheet before half time.

It was a result that saw Chelsea lose to United in this competition for the first time since March 1999 having avoided defeat in their previous five FA Cup meetings, including Chelsea’s success in the finals of 2007 and 2018 at Wembley Stadium.

Defeat does, however, free up the club’s hectic schedule, with the currently still competing in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Europa League.

U19s reach Youth League’s round of 16

Whilst the first team’s results on the pitch fluctuated, Joe Edwards guided the under-19s to a 3-1 victory over Monaco at Cobham on Tuesday evening in the Youth League.

Despite facing a Monaco side that included five players that have played for their first team this season, including former Blue, Jonathan Panzo, Chelsea made light work of their opposition as a brace from Charlie Brown and Conor Gallagher’s free-kick sealed victory.

Monaco clawed back a goal of their own late on, when the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lillian Thuram, Khéphren Thuram-Ulien scored in the final five minutes.

Chelsea will discover their opponents on Friday, with the draw taking place in Nyon.

Terry and Cech reunited

Former Chelsea duo John Terry and Petr Cech, who played 390 matches together, were reunited this week.

The pair were at the club together for 11 years between 2004 and 2015 before Cech joined fellow London side Arsenal, where he currently remains, whilst Terry is an assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa.

Both were in attendance for Chelsea’s defeat to United on Monday prior to watching a young Blues side sweep aside Monaco a day later.

A trio of doubts for Europa League’s second leg

During his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Sarri confirmed that he could be without three players for tonight’s Europa League second leg clash with Malmo.

Club-record signing and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is a doubt with a hamstring problem, Davide Zappacosta is suffering through illness and Pedro has a stomach ache.

With Chelsea slightly lower on numbers for training, under-18s duo Marcel Lewis and Clinton Mola both trained with the first-team later that day.

That’s all for this week, tune in next Thursday where I will be discussing Chelsea’s fortunes in the Carabao Cup final and more in the Stamford Roar.