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Chelsea power past Real Madrid to set up all-English Champions League final

The fear had nagged for Chelsea during the first half and it would harden after the interval. Just how many chances did they need? And, more to the point, would they live to regret their profligacy?Thomas Tuchel’s team had enjoyed the better of the fir…

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Kai Havertz doubles up as Chelsea deal Fulham’s survival hopes another blow

Mason Mount provided the drive and Kai Havertz the ruthlessness in front of goal as Chelsea got the victory they needed to fire their push for a Champions League finish via the Premier League. Now to try and win the thing before the end of this season….

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Ziyech and Emerson steer Chelsea past Atlético Madrid and into quarters

For Chelsea, it was difficult to imagine a more perfect evening. It had been easy to worry about the awkward nature of Atlético Madrid’s threat but the manner in which they contained the Spanish league leaders offered the latest evidence of the resolve…

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Manchester United fire more blanks in stalemate at Chelsea

It is the statistic that undermines the good that Manchester United have done in this season’s Premier League. They have failed to score a single goal in open play against opponents from the so-called big six. Continue reading…

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Tottenham return to top of table after José Mourinho frustrates Chelsea

José Mourinho has previous for spoiling 1,000th game celebrations at Stamford Bridge. Remember what happened to Arsène Wenger when he brought up the landmark in charge of Arsenal here? Mourinho’s Chelsea beat them 6-0.This was Roman Abramovich’s 1,000t…

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Chelsea ease past 10-man Rennes after Kai Havertz tests positive for Covid-19

Chelsea took a grip on Champions League Group E on a night when they announced a positive coronavirus test for Kai Havertz, the £72m signing from Bayer Leverkusen. They were helped by a pedantic VAR penalty decision that also resulted in a Rennes red c…

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Jürgen Klopp concerned by Liverpool losing their defensive solidity

Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of FA Cup with 2-0 win‘In the last four games, we conceded absolutely too many goals’Jürgen Klopp lamented the defensive lapses he felt condemned Liverpool to a 2-0 FA Cup exit at Chelsea but he maintained his team could r…

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Ross Barkley inspires Chelsea against Liverpool to reach FA Cup last eight

If Chelsea needed this, then Ross Barkley certainly did. And the boyhood Evertonian could hardly have chosen better opponents to punish. The midfielder’s Chelsea career since his move from Goodison Park in January 2018 can be best described as stop-sta…

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard furious after VAR admits error over Lo Celso stamp

• No action taken after Spurs player stamps on César Azpilicueta• ‘It’s another huge question mark over VAR,’ says LampardFrank Lampard was fiercely critical of VAR after Giovani Lo Celso escaped a red card for a stamp on César Azpilicueta. The Chelsea…

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Olivier Giroud ends goal drought with stunner in Chelsea’s victory over Spurs

The last time that Chelsea enjoyed themselves like this was on 22 December in what felt like the statement victory of Frank Lampard’s tenure. It was the 2-0 victory at Tottenham, which finished with the manager slinging his coat into the travelling enc…

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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard frustrated by ‘same story’ in loss to Southampton

• Chelsea manager hints he may seek new recruits in January• Defeat follows home losses to Bournemouth and West HamFrank Lampard said he had learned about his players after their shock 2-0 home defeat by Southampton and not in a good way, which sounded…

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Chelsea stunned after Nathan Redmond wraps up vital win for Southampton

Chelsea had been flying after their victory at Tottenhamon Sunday, which felt like a defining moment for Frank Lampard and the evolution of his young team. This was a crash back down to earth, further evidence of a maddening inconsistency.Southampton’s…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi on target as Chelsea ease past Sheffield Wednesday

It had been quite a weekend already for Callum Hudson-Odoi, what with the emergence of the story that he wanted his much-discussed move to Bayern Munich so badly he had submitted a formal transfer request. The noises around the 18-year-old Chelsea wing…

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Chelsea find Southampton tyro Angus Gunn an unbreakable barrier

Maurizio Sarri said last Friday that he would not enter the January market for a new striker but on the day Chelsea announced the capture of the attacking midfielder, Christian Pulisic, from Borussia Dortmund, it was the team’s shortcomings at the shar…

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Arsène Wenger backs Alexis Sánchez to stay despite bench role at Chelsea

• Arsenal manager: ‘Am I confident he will stay in January? Yes’• Alexis Sánchez held back until 66th minute of Carabao Cup stalemateArsène Wenger said his decision to omit Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal’s starting lineup at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup sem…

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Arsenal hold firm at Chelsea in Carabao Cup to give Arsène Wenger a lift

The chant from the Arsenal fans was clear and it was directed at the press box. “You don’t know what you’re doing,” they sang. The target was not hunched over a laptop. This one was for Arsène Wenger, who had taken up residence among the folk he has va…

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Arsenal hold firm at Chelsea in Carabao Cup to give Arsène Wenger a lift

The chant from the Arsenal fans was clear and it was directed at the press box. “You don’t know what you’re doing,” they sang. The target was not hunched over a laptop. This one was for Arsène Wenger, who had taken up residence among the folk he has va…

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Branislav Ivanovic proves the unlikely star as Chelsea rout Brentford

Antonio Conte can do no wrong. The Chelsea manager watched his team ease into the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Brentford, who did not turn up until the second half, and the icing on the cake was provided by Branislav Ivanovic – a player he had dropped from the starting line-up.

Conte introduced the Chelsea stalwart, whose future is uncertain, as a 64th-minute substitute and, with his first meaningful involvement, he scored his first goal of the season to make it 3-0. Ivanovic gave the ball to Pedro and rumbled forward in support before getting it back and squeezing a low finish underneath the goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

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Antonio Conte believes John Terry did not deserve red card for last-man tackle

• Chelsea captain dismissed after fouling Peterborough United’s Lee Angol
• Conte: ‘I think it wasn’t right this decision from the referee’

Antonio Conte claimed that John Terry did not deserve to be sent off Peterborough United and he said that the club would appeal against the decision.

The captain was dismissed in the 67th minute for a last-man foul on Lee Angol, but Conte argued that Terry did not take out the Peterborough striker and, moreover, he was not the last man because Branislav Ivanovic was providing cover.

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John Terry sees red, but comfortable Chelsea ease past Peterborough

John Terry was laughing when the referee, Kevin Friend, jogged over to him in the 67th minute. Chelsea were home and hosed against League One Peterborough United on the back of goals from Pedro, Michy Batshuayi and Willian but Terry had just performed …