Chelsea took on Liverpool for the second time in the space of three days on Saturday, in a result which extended their unbeaten run.

The Blues discovered that they will take on opposition from the Sky Bet Championship later this month in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Maurizio Sarri’s strikers this season have continued to struggle in front of goal, having failed to net for a seventh consecutive match.

One of the Blues’ midfielders will make his first club start of the campaign this evening during the club’s next Europa League clash.

And, the club’s under-19s recorded their largest-ever victory in the UEFA Youth League in an 11-goal thriller at Cobham on Wednesday.

Chelsea supporter and Football Journalism student Jonty Colman looks at five major talking points from around the club over the past week.

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Sarri’s side extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool on Saturday.

There was a large sense of ‘Deja vu’ around the clash, with the two former Champions League holders facing each other just three days earlier in the Carabao Cup, where the Blues earned a 2-1 victory at Anfield.

Both goals last weekend came courtesy of superb strikes from players who had both netted in the cup tie.

Eden Hazard scored his second goal in as many matches against the Reds to put Chelsea ahead before the interval with a superb individual strike off the end of a great team move.

Ex-Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge came on as a substitute to rescue a point for his side shortly before the end, with a sensational long-range shot that flew into the top corner of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s goal. The late equaliser was Sturridge’s 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool.

Chelsea have failed to win in either of their last two league matches but stay in third place, two points behind Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table.

Stamford Bridge homecoming for an ex-Blues duo

Later on Saturday, the fourth round draw for the Carabao Cup took place.

Chelsea have been drawn against Derby County at Stamford Bridge.

The Rams are currently managed by the Blues’ all-time record goalscorer, Frank Lampard and his assistant manager is his former Chelsea teammate and ex-Blues under-18s manager, Jody Morris.

It will be the first time Morris has returned to Stamford Bridge since linking up with Lampard in the summer.

Current England youth internationals Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount are on-loan with the East Midlands-based club, but EFL Cup rules state that they are allowed to play against their parent club, as long as Chelsea provide their written consent.

The tie is taking place on Wednesday 31st October and will kick-off at 7:45 pm (GMT).

Giroud and Morata go seven without scoring

The draw with Liverpool marked a seventh consecutive match for Chelsea where strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata have failed to score in.

In recent weeks, Sarri has opted to start French international forward Giroud in the top-flight and Morata in the cup competitions.

However, the club’s only senior recognized strikers have continued to struggle in front of goal, with a combined total of just one goal across the nine matches where they have featured.

This is bound to be a concern for manager Sarri, and whilst winger Hazard is in great goalscoring form, he would have hoped for better from his striking options and it could prove to be a major hindrance in Chelsea’s chances of lifting any silverware later in the campaign.

A start for Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Later this evening, Chelsea take on MOL Vidi in their second Group L match in the Europa League on home soil.

During his pre-match press conference on Wednesday afternoon, manager Sarri confirmed that midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make his first start of the season.

Loftus-Cheek has struggled with injuries in recent weeks, which he sustained whilst on international duty with England last month.

The 22-year-old was set to feature in last month’s cup matches against PAOK Salonika and Liverpool, but he was sidelined for both ties.

Due to his lack of availability, Loftus-Cheek has featured in just 33 league minutes all season for the Blues, which came across their two league matches against Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth prior to last month’s international break.

Young Blues net 10 past Molde

Chelsea Under-19s recorded the joint-largest ever victory in the Youth League on Wednesday afternoon, beating Norweigan side Molde 10-1.

Daishawn Redan and Billy Gilmour both netted hat-tricks for Joe Edwards’ side, with Charlie Brown (2), George McEachran and an own goal from Thor Olav Moe completing the scoring.

The two sides will meet again later this month in Norway for the return leg of the first round, with the winner taking on either Icelandic side Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur or Elfsborg of Sweden in round two of the domestic champions path in November.

That’s all for this week; tune in next Thursday where I will be discussing Chelsea’s matches against Vidi and Southampton as well as international news in the Stamford Roar.

 

 

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