Chelsea picked up their most important victory yet under manager Maurizio Sarri after beating the Premier League leaders.
However, the match was significantly overshadowed by an alleged incident involving a small of group of home supporters and one of the opposition’s players.
During the game, Sarri took a tactical gamble that proved to pay off spectacularly.
The Blues have learned the date and time for next month’s third round clash in the FA Cup.
And, Joe Edwards’ development sound have discovered who they will be facing in round three of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.
Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City
In their only match from the past week, Chelsea earned a surprise 2-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side at Stamford Bridge.
Goals either side of half-time from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ended City’s 21-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, dating back to April.
During the match, vice-captain Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th appearance for the club in all competitions.
The win kept Chelsea inside the top four, but are level on points with fifth-placed North Londoners Arsenal.
A disgusting incident
Despite Sarri winning the match, and the hearts of many Blues fans in the process, the spectacular was quickly occasion was marred by a first-half incident.
Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling is alleged to have been racially abused by a small group of Chelsea fans sat in the lower tier of the Matthew Harding Stand as he collected the ball to take a corner kick.
Whilst investigations are currently underway from both the club and the police, four supporters have been suspended from the ground pending further investigations.
The incident was shocking and as a Chelsea fan myself, the thought of being associated with any ‘football supporters’ that behave like this utterly disgusts me. I am glad that the club has taken swift action on this, and I hope that this is a wake-up call to society and the modern-day culture that we currently live in.
My thoughts are with those right now that are suffering any form of discriminatory abuse, it is not acceptable, anywhere.
Sarri-ball risks pay heavy rewards
On the pitch; against Guardiola’s Premier League winners, Sarri played Hazard in the middle of the front three, a tactic that appeared to work superbly.
Whilst at Napoli, the Blues boss deployed a similar tactic with Hazard’s international colleague, Dries Mertens, a move which saw the 31-year-old converted winger finish the 2016/17 season with 34 goals in all competitions.
With strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata both struggling for goals in recent matches, this could be a sign for what the future may hold as Sarri looks to stamp his mark on the Blues’ side.
Forest clash has the date confirmed
Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round match against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge has not been selected for television coverage.
The tie, which will be their first meeting in the competition since 2007, will take place on Saturday 5th January 2019 and 3pm (GMT).
Aitor Karanka’s Tricky Trees are currently seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table and face their local rivals Derby County in their next match, who are currently managed by former Blues goal-machine, Frank Lampard.
Checkatrade home clash for U21s
Edwards’ under-21s will take on Peterborough United the third round of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.
After defeating Wimbledon in the last round, the development side will be hoping to recreate the form and success that took them into the semi-finals of this competition last season, only to be eliminated by Lincoln City in the via a penalty shootout.
Whilst no official date has been confirmed for the tie, we can confirm that it will commence on the week beginning Monday 7th January 2019.
That’s all for this week, tune in next Thursday where I will be discussing three matches in different competitions for Sarri’s side and more in the Stamford Roar.