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Frank Lampard says Chelsea could solve set-piece problem by signing tall players

Chelsea have worst record in league for defending cornersTeam relied on height to defend set pieces under MourinhoFrank Lampard has said Chelsea could attempt to solve their weaknesses at set pieces by signing tall players.Chelsea have the worst statis…

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West Ham confident of no punishment for defaulting on Haller fee payment

Club failed to make £5.4m payment to Eintracht FrankfurtWest Ham reported to Fifa and indicate it will be paid soonWest Ham are confident they will not face any punishment after Eintracht Frankfurt complained to Fifa about the Premier League club defau…

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Troy Deeney urges social media firms and government to tackle racism

Watford captain says George Floyd killing has been a catalyst#PlayersTogether initiative raffling Black Lives Matter shirtsTroy Deeney has called on social media companies and the government to do more to eradicate racism after the #PlayersTogether ini…

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Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s quiet kid, finally makes the right noises | Jacob Steinberg

The USA captain has not had an easy first season in England but his form suggests the best is still to comeThere was something fitting about a player as quiet as Christian Pulisic flourishing in a deserted stadium, cutting through the silence at Stamfo…

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Manchester City’s defensive problems must be tackled to reel in Liverpool | Jacob Steinberg

Christian Pulisic’s goal for Chelsea summed up City’s fragile season but an elite partner for Aymeric Laporte could change fortunesThey will not fight till the end this time, not even close. Even with Kevin De Bruyne pulling rabbits out of a hat, bendi…

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Richard Nartey: ‘You learn how fortunate you are growing up at Chelsea’

Young centre-back has been at Stamford Bridge since he was nine but after a season of learning on loan at Burton Albion, his release at 21 means the next step is approaching“The first thing that happened was a ball got kicked in the air at me and I got…

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Willian set to stay at Chelsea for run-in and Pedro expected to follow

Blues increasingly confident Willian will sign short-term dealRoma-bound Pedro close to agreeing short-term dealWillian has indicated he wants to stay at Chelsea until the end of the season on a short-term deal, and there is increasing confidence that …

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Joe Cole: ‘I learned so much – I’m sure one day I’ll return to Chelsea’

Former England midfielder has stepped down from a role at Chelsea’s academy and has big plansThe thought of Joe Cole managing is intriguing. At West Ham he was a prodigy who lacked the end product and awareness to go with his imagination on the ball. H…

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‘Drogba, Ronaldo, Zlatan’: Mourinho denies stifling Harry Kane at Spurs

Mourinho says strikers have thrived with him as managerPaul Merson believes tactics could force Kane to leaveJosé Mourinho has denied his playing style will force Harry Kane to leave Tottenham. The manager responded to criticism from Paul Merson by def…

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Lampard denies he wants to sell Kanté to fund Havertz and Chilwell moves

Chelsea manager says midfielder ‘is so important to us’Pedro and Willian yet to sign deals to stay until end of seasonFrank Lampard has denied Chelsea will fund moves for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell by selling N’Golo Kan…

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Olivier Giroud: ‘My body is ready to play a few more years at the best level’

Chelsea striker, who almost left in January, has a new one-year extension and is determined to pay back Frank Lampard’s faithOlivier Giroud is a man making up for lost time. Six months ago the Chelsea striker was out in the cold and fretting about losi…

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Olivier Giroud: ‘My body is ready to play a few more years at the best level’

Chelsea striker, who almost left in January, has a new one-year extension and is determined to pay back Frank Lampard’s faithOlivier Giroud is a man making up for lost time. Six months ago the Chelsea striker was out in the cold and fretting about losi…

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Timo Werner signing shows Chelsea mean business – and they are not done

Club have confirmed forward’s arrival and their ruthless transfer touch appears to be returning after tepid few years in the marketAs statements of intent go Chelsea’s signing of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, confirmed on Thursday, is the clearest signal y…

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Pedro agrees to join Roma and puts Chelsea involvement in doubt

Chelsea have until Tuesday to negotiate short-term dealSpanish winger to join Roma on initial two-year dealPedro has agreed to join Roma on a free transfer and must decide whether to sign a short-term extension to stay at Chelsea until the end of the s…

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Premier League restart preview No 19: West Ham

There were flashes of positivity leading up to lockdown and David Moyes’ side should have too much quality to go downWhat was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Tense at best, volatile at worst. Supporters were protesting aga…

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Premier League restart preview No 19: West Ham

There were flashes of positivity leading up to lockdown and David Moyes’ side should have too much quality to go downWhat was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Tense at best, volatile at worst. Supporters were protesting aga…

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Premier League restart preview No 19: West Ham

There were flashes of positivity leading up to lockdown and David Moyes’ side should have too much quality to go downWhat was the situation like when the league was suspended on 13 March? Tense at best, volatile at worst. Supporters were protesting aga…

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Marcus Rashford: Goalscorer who forced U-turn over school lunches | Jacob Steinberg

Manchester United striker’s campaign to extend free school meals programme, initially rejected by Boris Johnson, has struck a chord with the wider public A young man renowned for hitting the target on and off the pitch. The Manchester United and Englan…

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Werner ready to skip Champions League with Leipzig to hook up with Chelsea

Forward keen to move to London before AugustRB Leipzig are in Champions League quarter-finalsTimo Werner is ready to miss RB Leipzig’s Champions League quarter-final in August because he wants to prepare for his move to Chelsea once the Bundesliga seas…

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Boris Johnson rejects Marcus Rashford’s plea for summer free school meals

Manchester United striker wrote open letter requesting u-turnDowning Street said prime minister would respond to RashfordBoris Johnson has rejected a plea from Marcus Rashford to reconsider the government’s decision not to extend its free school meals …