CHELSEA 2 - 2 ASTON VILLA
A disappointing result as Mata's 2nd minute goal should have provided the platform to win this comfortably.
Benteke was excellent for Villa scoring 2 and Chelsea were not helped by Azpilicueta picking up a 2nd yellow after an hour.
Chelsea's already thin & tired squad could do without a key player missing in such a busy fixture period.
NEWCASTLE 0 - 2 CHELSEA
Torres 22, 45
Ferreira made a rare start at right back and performed well.
However, it was the returning Torres who needed some much needed match action before the Club World Championship who secured the points with a 1st half brace and picked up the man of the match.
He was stretchered off in the 92nd minute as a precaution but would be fit to travel to Japan.
Marko Marin continued to perform well on the right of an attacking 3 AMC.
WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
MONTERREY 1 - 2 CHELSEA (AET)
De Nigris 7
A hard fought victory although 17 shots to the Mexicans 3 shows that Chelsea dominated the match.
Cesar, Terry, Cole, Ramires & Mata were rested for the expected final.
Cech made a suicidal clearance to Bertrand inside the box which was quickly seized upon for the opener.
Hazard equalised but it took until the 110th minute for the substitute club captain to head home Hazard's near post corner for the victory and the chance to beat Corinthians of Brazil to the prize.
CORINTHIANS 0 - 2 CHELSEA
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An exhausted Hazard was not risked for the final, however his replacement Mata (not a bad replacement) ensured he was not missed with a 22nd minute opener.
He was foiled in his attempt to double the lead by a Wallace OG which meant that Chelsea were crowned World Champions in only Drogba's 8th game as a Manager.
It was Drogba who had got Chelsea there as a player and now he was a world club winning manager.
READING 0 - 3 CHELSEA
Mata 20, 76
An exhausted, jet-lagged Chelsea made the short journey down the M4 to the Madjeski to play struggling Reading.
Even injuries to Cole and Marin could not prevent a dominant victory.
Man of the Match Cahill scoring in the middle of 2 Mata goals who was once again leading the forward line.
Youngster Lucas Piazon was becoming an increasingly important sub and would soon be considered for a starting spot.
CHELSEA 0 - 0 SPURS
The last game of the year came on the 29th December and although Chelsea had the best of the play they could not break down a resolute Spurs for whom Younnes Kaboul was Man of the Match.
A bad injury to Oscar would keep him out for 6 weeks.
Such was the injury and tiredness problems within the Chelsea squad that 17 year old Islam Feruz was an unused sub.
An extremely succesful December both on & off the pitch despite the injuries.
Chelsea were still 9th in the league but were closing on the top 3 in terms of points.
Deals were struck with Everton for Fellaini to bolster midfield and with Athletico Madrid for Falcao.
Fellaini cost a bargain £14m with £8m over 48 months.
Falcao cost £42m with £30m over 48 months.
Drogba identified that it was vital to strengthen the squad with players who could make an immediate impact.