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Christian Benteke apologises to Crystal Palace team-mates for penalty farce

• Striker angered players by insisting on taking penalty against Bournemouth• Mamadou Sakho out until new year after tearing muscle in calfChristian Benteke has apologised to his Crystal Palace team-mates after wrestling the ball from the side’s regula…

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Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

• London club frustrated by reduced ticket allocation for derby fixture• ‘We assumed good sense would prevail and it would be early daytime kick-off’Crystal Palace have expressed dismay at the decision to play their FA Cup third-round tie at Brighton &…

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Liverpool’s Danny Ings wanted on loan by West Ham and Newcastle

• Crystal Palace, Stoke and Brighton also interested in signing forward • Ings has played just 17 minutes for Liverpool’s first team this seasonDanny Ings is being courted by a quartet of Premier League clubs over a potential January loan move from Liv…

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Brighton and Crystal Palace get set for latest bout in the oddest of rivalries | Dominic Fifield

The first meeting of Brighton and Crystal Palace in the top flight for 36 years on Tuesday will rekindle the peculiar spectacle of a derby that isn’t really a derbyTo many the rivalry is a peculiarity. There is no real geographical proximity to explain…

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Chelsea did not give Mohamed Salah his chance to make it, claims Eden Hazard

• Liverpool the latest beneficiary of Egyptian forward’s eye for goal• Hazard intends to swap shirts when the teams meet at Anfield on SaturdayEden Hazard has conceded Mohamed Salah “did not get his chance at Chelsea” as the former club-mates prepare t…

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Gareth Southgate admits to playing numbers game with England

• More debutants likely in Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil at Wembley• England manager wants to reduce number of squad withdrawalsGareth Southgate believes the increased competition for places generated within the England squad, born of his determinatio…

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Gareth Southgate admits to playing numbers game with England

• More debutants likely in Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil at Wembley• England manager wants to reduce number of squad withdrawalsGareth Southgate believes the increased competition for places generated within the England squad, born of his determinatio…

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Blooding youngsters is path forward for England, says Gareth Southgate

• Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn called up to squad for Brazil• Manager said his successor may reap rewards of focusing on young playersGareth Southgate has said his successor as England manager may end up benefiting most from the current s…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek to start for England against Germany in Wembley friendly

• Southgate facing injury crisis with a number of midfielders ruled out• Chelsea player currently on season-long loan at Crystal PalaceRuben Loftus-Cheek will have the chance to demonstrate he warrants involvement at next summer’s World Cup finals with…

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No flagging from Kieran Trippier after finally achieving his England dream

The Tottenham wing-back had to drop into the Championship to further his career but now he looks set for the World Cup finals – much to his dad’s delightBack in Bury, Chris Trippier has already pledged to dust down the giant flag, braced as he is for t…

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Emenalo’s successor at Chelsea likely to answer to Granovskaia not Abramovich

• Management structure under review after resignation of technical director• David Luiz set to return to full training after being droppedMarina Granovskaia’s influence behind the scenes at Chelsea is set to increase in the wake of Michael Emenalo’s re…

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Chelsea’s departing technical director Michael Emenalo is hard act to follow | Dominic Fifield

Antonio Conte has lost an ally with the exit of Michael Emenalo and it is unlikely Roman Abramovich will appoint one of the manager’s associates in his placeIt was easy to lapse into cynicism glancing at the statement, published on Chelsea’s website, t…

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Michael Emenalo quits as Chelsea technical director amid power struggle

• Emenalo’s departure a blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich• Difference of opinion over recruitment between Antonio Conte and boardThe political manoeuvrings behind the scenes at Chelsea have taken another twist after Michael Emenalo chose to end hi…

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Chelsea may reunite Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kanté for United game

• Pair played a key role in Leicester’s 2016 Premier League title win• Midfielders have both been sidelined through injury this seasonAntonio Conte is considering reuniting the midfield partnership that helped inspire Leicester City’s improbable Premie…

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Antonio Conte revives his Italian crisis management to stop rot at Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Players were read a riot act after the debacle at Roma that was first heard by Conte’s squad at Juventus as manager reaches crossroads at Stamford BridgeAntonio Conte was at his animated best, waving his arms expressively and clicking his fingers as he…

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Chelsea hoping N’Golo Kanté will be fit for a reunion with Nemanja Matic

• Midfielder has been out for four weeks with a hamstring injury• ‘N’Golo brings a lot of balance into the team,’ says Thibaut CourtoisChelsea’s coaching staff are confident N’Golo Kanté will be fit to play in the Premier League game against Manchester…

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How Chelsea sunk from champions to a rabble at Roma in less than six months

Recruitment, injuries and the sale of Nemanja Matic are among the reasons why Antonio Conte’s side have fallen away so spectacularly. At board level there is some sympathy for the manager but patience is finiteA few of the locals called out to Antonio …

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Antonio Conte rues Chelsea’s ‘thin’ squad and ponders Álvaro Morata recall

• Manager again raises issue of squad depth after summer transfer frustrations• Chelsea must ‘pay great attention’ against Roma says ConteAntonio Conte has conceded Chelsea’s “thin” senior squad will force him to take risks in his team selection in the…

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Roy Hodgson hopes returning Wilfried Zaha can lift but not carry Palace | Dominic Fifield

Winger will have to hit the ground running after two months out and manager has urged his struggling squad not to put too much ‘on his plate’A month into Roy Hodgson’s return to club football and he finally had some positive news to relay. Crystal Pala…

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Tiémoué Bakayoko: ‘To follow in Makelele’s footsteps is a real motivation’

The midfielder arrived at Chelsea after a sensational title-winning season with Monaco but has had a few bumps along the road before becoming a Premier League star and France internationalThursday afternoon in sleepy Surrey and Tiémoué Bakayoko, sporti…