Chelsea’s first full week of 2019 saw them compete in two different domestic cup competitions.
After securing their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, they stumbled to another defeat to their arch-rivals in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Blues will be facing a home tie against another side from the lower divisions in the next stage of the world’s oldest association football cup competition.
First-team manager Maurizio Sarri has made the shortlist to win a domestic award after a strong end to 2018.
Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Alvaro Morata ended his lack of recent goals, netting a second-half brace during a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Cesc Fabregas, who may have played his final match for the Blues had a fantastic chance to open the scoring before half-time, only for his penalty to be saved by visiting goalkeeper Luke Steele.
Just minutes after the interval, Morata got his first after getting on the end of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross to finish from close-range.
Ten minutes later, the duo again combined, with Spanish striker Morata this time heading in Hudson-Odoi’s cross, with his two goals being the first time he has found the back of the net since November.
Earlier in the tie, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced off with a back injury which is set to keep him on the treatment table for the duration of the month.
Victory for Chelsea has put them into the fourth round for a 20th consecutive season.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Chelsea
The Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
England captain Harry Kane got the only goal of the tie in the first half from the penalty spot, which was awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in very dubious circumstances after the linesman had initially flagged for an offside on the striker before he was fouled by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea handed a second consecutive start to Hudson-Odoi for the first time in his career, being one of two players whose efforts in the first half hit the post, alongside N’Golo Kante.
These two sides will compete in the second leg at Stamford Bridge in a fortnight’s time, with the winner facing either Manchester City or Burton Albion in February’s final.
A home tie against the Owls or the Hatters
Sarri’s side have been drawn at home against either Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The two sides drew 0-0 at Hillsborough on Saturday, with their replay taking place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea’s last meeting with Wednesday took place in the Premier League in 2000, whilst they have not faced Luton since 1994’s semi-final in this competition.
The tie against either side is scheduled to take place on Sunday 27th January, meaning that the Blues’ league match away at Bournemouth has now been rescheduled and will take place on Wednesday 30th January.
Blues boss Sarri has made the five-man shortlist to win the Premier League’s December Manager of the Month award.
After picking up five wins in the league during the final month of last year, Sarri has been shortlisted for the third time out of a possible five months so far this season.
Joining him on the shortlist is Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Nuno Espirito Santo, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino.
The winner of the award will be announced tomorrow, Friday 11th January.
Under-21s Checkatrade Trophy
Chelsea Under-21s were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on home soil on Wednesday by Peterborough United, losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to the Sky Bet League One Side.
Edwards’ young Blues took the lead inside the first half when Richard Nartey headed in Juan Castillo’s corner.
Steve Evans’ Posh turned the game around inside the space of eight second-half minutes, with Siriki Dembele, Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison all scoring to send them into the quarter-finals of the competition since the 2013/14 campaign, where they lifted the trophy.
That’s all for this week, tune in next Thursday where I will be discussing Chelsea’s Premier League match against Newcastle United and more in the Stamford Roar.