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Chelsea v Watford: match preview

Chelsea have dropped eight points at home this season, already two more than last season, and confront fourth-placed Watford with only one fully fit senior midfielder. Antonio Conte’s side are clearly struggling to adapt to the fixture clutter generate…

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Roma charged over ‘monkey chants’ towards Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger

• Uefa open disciplinary proceedings against Serie A club• Rüdiger has expressed frustration over previous incidentsRoma have been charged by Uefa after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at the Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger d…

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Uneasiness pervades at Chelsea, with Antonio Conte among the malcontents | Sachin Nakrani

The champions picked up more knocks in the 3-3 draw with Roma but it is the mood of their manager that must be most vexing for the Stamford Bridge boardWho says the Champions League group?stage games are boring? Anyone who does should have been at Stam…

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José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange barbs – video

José Mourinho and Antonio Conte exchange some tense words on Wednesday following Manchester United’s win over Benfica and Chelsea’s draw with Roma in the Champions League. Mourinho says other managers are quick to bemoan injuries and argues he does not…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hits back at Mourinho barb after draw with Roma

• ‘I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself’• Manchester United manager had said ‘other managers cry and cry’Antonio Conte has reacted angrily to José Mourinho’s observation that “other managers cry and cry and cry” about inj…

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Eden Hazard strikes twice to earn Chelsea draw after Edin Dzeko double for Roma

Chelsea halted a losing run here but, even in the knowledge that their leadership of this group is maintained, Antonio Conte will not be hoodwinked by this result. There had been moments when his side gasped at the ferocity of Roma’s muscular approach,…

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Chelsea v Roma: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the game at Stamford BridgeEdin Dzeko: ‘I don’t run? I don’t give my best? Come on! That is a joke’And feel free to email Gregg or tweet him @GreggBakowski 7.02pm BST It’s not pretty viewing for Atlético but it looks great…

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Edin Dzeko: ‘I don’t run? I don’t give my best? Come on! That is a joke’

In an exclusive interview, the Roma striker discusses the criticism he has endured throughout his career, growing up in Bosnia during the war and facing Chelsea in the Champions LeagueEdin Dzeko looks as if he wants to jump up from the chair. He is ani…

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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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Tammy Abraham’s ageless quality shows Chelsea what they are missing

Striker’s match-winning performance for Swansea was hailed as his best yet by Paul Clement, who says 20-year-old has confidence and ability to go to the topA little under 200 miles from Selhurst Park, and at around the time Michy Batshuayi was taking h…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Anthony Knockaert could make all the difference fro Brighton, Pablo Zabaleta is fed up with West Ham’s ill-discipline and Kevin de Bruyne is drawing more praiseMark Hughes was in no doubt he had witnessed the favourites for the title. “Clearly I would …

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Impressive Wilfried Zaha plays with ‘nothing to be scared of’ for Palace | Jacob Steinberg

The ‘freedom’ at the foot of the Premier League and also in the forward’s own role help to ensure Chelsea never came close to deciphering Roy Hodgson’s planTimid, listless and toothless in their first seven matches; vibrant, inspired and potent against…

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Unhappy Antonio Conte questions Chelsea’s ability to defend their title

• After defeat by Crystal Palace the Italian raises problem of injuries• Victor Moses joins injury list but Álvaro Morata could return against RomaAntonio Conte has warned that Chelsea will find it difficult to defend the title after their shock defeat…

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight• Follow us on Instagram for more great sports photography Continue reading…

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Crystal Palace shock champions Chelsea as Wilfried Zaha secures vital win

Something remarkable happened at 3.11pm in this rather angst-ridden corner of south London. That was the moment Andros Townsend burst to the byline and pulled a cross back for Yohan Cabaye to collect on the run, David Luiz’s touch propelling the loose …

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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…

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Chelsea face being without midfielder N’Golo Kanté for seven games

• France international suffered hamstring injury against Bulgaria• Antonio Conte tells Charly Musonda to focus on football, not social mediaAntonio Conte has admitted that he must plan for the next month without N’Golo Kanté after the midfielder sustai…

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Crystal Palace v Chelsea: match preview

Chelsea’s momentum had been checked impressively by Manchester City just before the international break but this fixture should provide an opportunity to rediscover lost rhythm. Even in the absence of Álvaro Morata and N’Golo Kanté, they will travel so…

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Why did Oscar move to China? ‘I thought more of my family than my career’

Oscar had offers from Atlético Madrid and Italy when he left Chelsea but he chose to play for Shanghai SIPG. As he says: ‘China makes offers players can’t refuse’A film by Copa90 and Rabona for the Guardian Sport NetworkWhen Oscar decided to move from …

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Chelsea handed major chance to make up lost ground in gentler October

This time last year the Stamford Bridge club started a run which led to the title and their upcoming fixtures offer them the chance to start another

Most of the Premier League attention will be on Anfield and the north-west derby this weekend, even if Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season means Jürgen Klopp’s side already have seven points to make up on Manchester United. For different reasons that will probably suit Crystal Palace and Chelsea, who meet at Selhurst Park in one of the lesser London derbies.

Roy Hodgson said his struggling Palace side were like a boxer on the ropes after their last outing at Old Trafford, trying to fight in a class above their weight and taking too many blows to the chin. Just what you need in those circumstances is a visit from the defending champions, though the only sliver of good news for Hodgson and his stricken side – apart from Wilfried Zaha nearing a return – is that Saturday’s game is the last of a daunting run of fixtures. Palace take on Chelsea after two successive trips to Manchester, where City and then United hit them with a total of nine goals to no reply.

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