Chelsea’s first full week of 2018 involved two cup matches.

After taking on lower division opposition on Saturday in the FA Cup, The Blues faced one of their bitter rivals in the first leg of the semi-finals in the Carabao Cup.

One of this season’s breakout stars signed a new four-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday, keeping him at the club until 2022.

The club have already been active in the transfer market, signing a new midfielder and agreeing new loan deals for four of their players.

And the academy side, managed by Joe Edwards, have reached the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, after beating Sky Bet League One opposition on Tuesday evening.

Blues fan and Football Journalism student Jonty Colman looks at the five major talking points from around the club this week.

Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea

The Pensioners’ week began with a disappointing draw against Sky Bet Championship club Norwich City on Saturday.

Blues manager Antonio Conte made nine changes to his side for the trip to Carrow Road which included the return of David Luiz, who had been absent for six weeks with a knee injury.

The goalless draw means that the two sides will face each other in a replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 17 January.

The winner of that clash will face English Premier League side Newcastle United at home in the Fourth Round.

Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

The Blues’ week ended in the same way that it began, with a goalless draw.

Wednesday’s affair was in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Although Conte fielded a very strong side, the teams were level at full time for the second time in a week, after a 2-2 draw last week at the Emirates Stadium.

The two sides will face each other in the second leg at the home of The Gunners on Wednesday 24 January with the winners set face either Bristol City or Manchester City in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Back-to-back clean sheets, but back-to-back matches without a goal, something that Conte will be hoping to put right on Saturday against Leicester City.

Christensen signs contract extension

Defender Andreas Christensen signed a new deal with the club on Tuesday, which will keep him in SW6 until 2022.

It has been a breakout season for the 21-year-old, who has kept nine clean sheets in 22 appearances and has cemented himself in the middle of The Blues’ defence.

Despite his age, the Danish international has 107 senior club appearances and 14 Denmark caps to his name.

One arrival, four departures

Chelsea have been very active over the past week in the transfer market.

On Friday, it was announced that they had signed midfielder Ross Barkey from Everton for £15 million. Barkley signed a five-and-half-year deal and will wear the number eight shirt.

After being recalled from his loan spell at Barnsley last week, Ike Ugbo has joined Milton Keynes Dons for the remainder of the season.

Nathan, who is currently on loan at French side Amiens, looks set to have his loan relocated to Portugal, where he will link up with Belenenses until the end of the current campaign.

Defender Jake Clarke-Salter, who was an unused substitute against Norwich City, has joined Sky Bet Championship strugglers Sunderland on loan until the end of the season.

Midfielder Jordan Houghton, who is currently on loan at Sky Bet League One outfit Doncaster Rovers, has had his loan deal extended until the end of the season.

Development Squad reach Quarter-Finals

Joe Edwards’ academy side have reached the last eight of the EFL Trophy after a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth.

The Blues went ahead in the second half after Charly Musonda volleyed home from close range. Pompey equalised at Fratton Park. through Brett Pitman but Chelsea’s youngsters fought back and Musonda rifled a free-kick in the top corner in the sixth minute of second half injury time to send The Blues into the next round.

Chelsea have been drawn at home to Oxford United in the last eight of the competition.

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