Chelsea sealed top spot in their Europa League group after a convincing victory at Stamford Bridge last Thursday evening.

Maurizio Sarri’s side also moved back into the Premier League’s top three temporarily, before returning to fourth as they faced two sides, who last season were playing in the Sky Bet Championship.

The club’s current vice-captain, who has led the side out in all 15 of their Premier League matches this season, has signed a new contract this week which will extend his current stay in London until 2022.

And, the Blues have discovered that they will be hosting a side from the Championship in the third round of this season’s FA Cup.

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

Chelsea 4-0 PAOK Salonika

The Blues made it five wins from five in the Europa League last Thursday to secure the top spot of Group L.

Sarri’s side cruised to a 4-0 win at home against Greek side PAOK Salonika, who played almost all of the match with only 10 players, after Yehven Khacheridi was given a straight red card in the seventh minute for a late challenge on Olivier Giroud.

It proved to be an eventful first half for Giroud, who netted twice for the Blues before the interval to give them a two-goal advantage.

All of the headlines were grabbed by teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was making his first competitive start for the side that he has been on the books of for over 10 years. He got the third goal of the match and played a starring role, creating the host’s final goal, which was headed in from close range by substitute Alvaro Morata.

Victory meant that regardless of how they fare against MOL Vidi in their final group match, their place in the Round of 32 and as Group L winners has been sealed.

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

In the first West London derby since March 2014, Chelsea were 2-0 winners over Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Blues opened the scoring early on through Pedro, who alongside Giroud, had earned a spot in the starting side after impressing during the Europa League win over PAOK. Pedro was put through on goal after N’Golo Kante won the ball in midfield and played the Spaniard through on goal, who jinked past Alfie Mawson before coolly slotting home his fifth league goal of the campaign.

Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek got his fifth goal for the club in his last six games to seal the win, smashing home after being teed up by Eden Hazard.

Three points for the Blues moved them back up to third place in the league table, after Arsenal were 4-2 winners over Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby later that day.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea

The Blues suffered back-to-back defeats away from home in the top-flight for the first time since March after losing 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Despite going ahead through Loftus-Cheek, who had netted for the second game in a row in the space of four days, second half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota confirmed victory for the Old Gold.

Defeat for the Blues saw them move back down to fourth place, with Spurs winning 3-1 at Wembley Stadium against struggling Southampton.

Sarri handed first league starts of the season to Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen, a gamble that proved to severely backfire.

Azpilicueta signs new contract

Spanish full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a new contract with the club this week, extending his stay until 2022.

Azpilicueta has been with the Blues since arriving from Marseille in 2012, during that time, he has made 299 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring eight goals.

He has also won five major honours with the Blues in that time, including three Premier League trophies and the Europa League.

His role in the team has been pivotal since establishing himself out of position over one of the greatest full-backs to have every played for the club, Ashley Cole.

The Spaniard has featured as a full-back on both sides, as a wing-back and at centre-back during his six years with the club, proving to be as reliable as he is versatile.

Blues handed home tie in the FA Cup

Chelsea have been drawn against Nottingham Forest in the third round of this season’s FA Cup.

The two sides last faced each other in September 2017 in the third round of the Carabao Cup, where a Michy Batshuayi hat-trick inspired the Blues to a 5-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Their last meeting in this competition took place in the fourth round back in 2007, where Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel all scored in a 3-0 victory.

Sarri’s side will come up against Aitor Karanka’s Tricky Trees after the turn of the year, with the tie commencing at Stamford Bridge between the 4th and 7th of January 2019.

That’s all for this week, tune in next Thursday where I will be discussing Chelsea’s clash against league leaders Manchester City and more in the Stamford Roar.

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