Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League’s round of 16 with a convincing home victory.
However, three days later, Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered heartbreak in the Carabao Cup final, losing a match which was overshadowed by a sour incident late on.
The Blues were forced to put that disappointment behind them quickly, as they faced their arch-rivals in Premier League action at Stamford Bridge.
Success in the Europa League two-legged clash set Chelsea up with a trip to eastern Europe next month.
And, Joe Edwards’ under-19s discovered who they will face in the UEFA Youth League’s last 16 in March.
Chelsea 3-0 Malmo (Chelsea win 5-1 on aggregate)
Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 aggregate victory over Malmo last Thursday, with a second-half onslaught proving to match for Uwe Rosler’s Swedish side to handle.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring shortly after the restart, volleying in Willian’s cross from close range.
Ross Barkley doubled the Blues’ advantage after firing in a free-kick, his first goal in all competitions since October.
Callum Hudson-Odoi secured the win late on, topping off his man of the match performance with a low, driven effort after being teed up by Willian’s sweeping pass.
Malmo were forced to play the final 17 minutes with just 10 players after Rasmus Bengtsson was sent off for a second bookable offence, a dismissal that won the free-kick that Barkley converted.
The victory sealed a place in the next round for the Blues, who have now discovered that they will be facing some familiar European opponents in the round of 16.
Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City (Manchester City win 4-3 on penalties)
After a difficult route to the final which saw the Blues eliminate Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Sarri’s side held City to a goalless draw during 120 minutes of play before being defeated by the side who they had lost to 6-0 in the Premier League just two weeks prior to the cup final.
Raheem Sterling was the hero for Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues in the shootout, whilst Jorginho and David Luiz were both unable to convert from 12 yards for the Blues.
However, the match was overshadowed by an unsavoury incident late on for the Blues after goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off when manager Sarri attempted to replace him, having shown struggles with the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the Malmo clash.
The incident has led to Kepa being fined a week’s wages, which is being donated to the Chelsea Foundation.
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Wembley woes were put to one side on Wednesday as Chelsea were 2-0 winners over rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the league.
Pedro put the hosts ahead with his first goal for six weeks, dribbling past Toby Alderweireld before slotting in his effort at the near post between the legs of a helpless Hugo Lloris.
It was Spurs defender Kieran Trippier who sealed the result for the hosts, as his in-adverted back pass towards Lloris went wayward, trickling into his own net.
A win for Chelsea sealed their first win domestic victory in four matches, moving them to within three points of the top four teams, with a game in hand on all of the five teams above them in the Premier League standings.
After his bust-up with Sarri at the weekend, Kepa was left out of the Chelsea team and Willy Caballero made the most of his opportunity, making his first league appearance since May.
Europa League trip to Ukraine
Chelsea discovered on Friday that they will be facing Dynamo Kyiv in the next round of the Europa League.
The Pensioners last faced the Ukrainian capital city-based side in 2015, where the two sides were drawn together in the Champions League group, with the Blues winning 2-1 at home and drawing 0-0 away.
Stamford Bridge will host the first leg on Thursday 7th March at 8pm (GMT), before the return leg takes place a week later at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium at 5:55pm (GMT).
Under-19s draw French opposition in Youth League
Whilst the first-team prepare to face a two-legged clash with the 15-time Ukranian Premier League champions, Chelsea Under-19s have a home tie in their last 16 clash in the Youth League.
Edwards’ side will play host to French outfit Montpellier, who in the last round, progressed against Benfica, whilst Chelsea overcame Monaco.
The tie will take place at Chelsea’s training complex at Cobham on Wednesday 13th March, kicking-off at 5pm (GMT).
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.