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We look back at the past week for our loan players, which has included European and cup action, and preview the busy days ahead…


Loan highlights

In the midweek round of European fixtures, Michy Batshuayi continued his goalscoring start to life with Borussia Dortmund, helping them defeat Atalanta 3-2 in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. After former Blue Andre Schurrle had opened the scoring, the German side found themselves 2-1 down before Batshuayi first equalised and then found an injury-time winner.

After Sunday’s 1-0 win away at Borussia Monchengladbach, in which he did not score, his tally is now five goals in four games.

The latest round of Europa League matches, Charly Musonda enjoyed a continental debut to remember, coming off the bench in Celtic's tie with Zenit St Petersburg and providing an excellent assist for Allan McGregor's late winner. There was a less profitable Sunday for the Scottish Premiership leaders however. They drew 0-0 at home to St Johnstone with Musonda coming as close as any of their players to scoring, having two shots saved.  

Also in midweek, Danilo Pantic and Partizan Belgrade returned to action for the first since December with a 1-1 draw at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League.

Tammy Abraham was in the starting line-up for Swansea's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, but could not find the breakthrough, despite having a strong appeal for a penalty turned down. The match finished 0-0.

Jamal Blackman was also in action in the FA Cup, as Sheffield United put in a stubborn defensive display against Chelsea's next opponents in the competition, Leicester City, on Friday, but ultimately succumbed 1-0.

In the Eredivisie, there was disappointment for Fankaty Dabo and Mason Mount, who lost 2-1 to Excelsior with Vitesse, despite taking the lead in the second minute, while Nathan made a late substitute appearance in Portuguese side Belenenses' 2-0 win at Estoril.

There was a big home win for Kenneth Omeruo on Sunday when Kasimpasa beat second-place Galatasaray 2-1 in the Turkish Super Lig. Over in Mexico, Jhoao Rodriguez helped Tampico Madero to a 2-0 away win at Alebrijes De Oaxaca.

In the Championship, Tomas Kalas played the whole of Fulham's 2-0 win over Aston Villa, with Lucas Piazon coming on as a late substitute. Jeremie Boga started Birmingham's 1-0 loss to Millwall and Jake Clarke-Salter also tasted defeat, as Sunderland lost 2-0 to Brentford. Kasey Palmer came off the bench in Derby's 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

There were two matches and four League One points for Jay Dasilva and Charlton, drawing 1-1 with Bradford on Tuesday before winning 2-1 at MK Dons on Saturday. Jordan Houghton put the disappointment of a 4-2 defeat at Walsall behind him by beating Fleetwood 3-0 with Doncaster Rovers. Todd Kane suffered back-to-back defeats with Oxford, against Rotherham and Plymouth.

Goalkeeper Bradley Collins helped Forest Green Rovers gain a crucial four points in the League Two relegation battle, with a 3-1 win over Stevenage on Tuesday followed by a 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Saturday.

In the National League, Nathan Baxter played the full 90 minutes of Woking's 3-2 defeat at Hartlepool.

The week ahead

European action is back for both the first team and the Academy, plus there are two domestic league fixtures for Chelsea Ladies in the coming days.

It all begins with the first team tomorrow at 7.45pm when we host Barcelona for the first leg of the Champions League knockout tie. Antonio Conte and one of the players will be previewing the game at a media conference tonight at 7.30pm.

Then for our Under-19s on Wednesday, there is a one-legged tie in the UEFA Youth League. That is at Aldershot at 7pm with Feyenoord the opposition.  

On the same night, Chelsea Ladies play away at Yeovil Town in the WSL, kick-off 7.45pm, with a top-of-the-table clash to follow on Saturday at 12.30pm. That is away to Manchester City Women and live on BT Sport.

The Under-18s’ game this week is a local derby away to Fulham on Friday evening at 6.30pm.

The week’s action is completed by the first team with Antonio Conte’s side in action at Old Trafford on Sunday, kick-off 2.05pm.