Chelsea through on penalties to FA Cup fourth round

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Chelsea won a penalty shootout to beat second tier Norwich City on Wednesday and sneak into the FA Cup fourth round following a tempestuous replay that ended 1-1 after extra time with the Premier League champions reduced to nine men. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was fuming at the final whistle after Pedro and Alvaro Morata were dismissed in extra time and two penalty appeals had been waved away, but the Premier League champions regained their composure to win the shootout 5-3. Eden Hazard ...

Chelsea spurn chances in League Cup stalemate with Arsenal

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Chelsea missed a string of chances to draw 0-0 at home with Arsenal in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday as the video assistant referee (VAR) stoked the tension with two important interventions. The hosts struggled to break down Arsene Wenger’s side despite enjoying the majority of possession and will feel hard done by after crafting the best of the game’s few openings in a lively game at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best ...

Bellerin earns Arsenal 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Hector Bellerin made amends for conceding a penalty with a superb stoppage-time equalizer to earn Arsenal a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in a scintillating Premier League game on Wednesday. There were chances galore for both sides but it was not until the 63rd minute that Jack Wilshere blasted Arsenal ahead with a superb finish past Thibaut Courtois. Bellerin tripped Hazard four minutes later and Hazard tucked away the penalty and Chelsea appeared to be heading back into ...

Conte keen to rotate Chelsea squad against Arsenal

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has said he will continue to rotate his squad ahead of facing Arsenal in the first of three fixtures against their London rivals this month. Winger Eden Hazard and midfielder Cesc Fabregas were rested during Chelsea’s convincing 5-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday, with both replacements Danny Drinkwater and Willian scoring. The Premier League champions can reclaim second spot in the league table with a win at Arsenal on Wednesday as Conte ...

Conte wants Chelsea to improve squad depth in January

Friday, 29 December 2017

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the club’s fortunes this season could be decided by whether they acquire significant reinforcements in the January transfer window. The defending Premier League champions have struggled to cope with the added demands of playing in the Champions League, despite signing six players at the start of the campaign. Third-placed Chelsea have fallen 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City but could still lift a trophy having ...

Late Willian goal earns Chelsea point at Liverpool

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A strange 85th minute goal from Brazilian Willian earned Premier League champions Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday after Mohamed Salah’s 15th goal of the season looked to have given the hosts the three points. Just two minutes after coming on as a late substitute at Anfield, Willian whipped in an attempted cross from the right which floated over Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and into the net. Salah, who was outstanding for Liverpool, had put his team ...

Conte urges Chelsea to ease pressure with Qarabag triumph

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Chelsea must seal progression to the Champions League knockout stages with a crucial win over Qarabag on Wednesday to help ease the pressure during a congested fixture schedule, manager Antonio Conte has said. Premier League champions Chelsea are second in their Champions League group and need one win to seal their spot in the knockout stages with two group fixtures remaining. Conte has urged his side to get the job done in Azerbaijan and avoid the tension of battling ...

Matic has nothing to prove against Chelsea

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says his success at former club Chelsea demonstrates that he has nothing to prove in Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides. Matic joined champions Chelsea in 2014 under former manager Jose Mourinho and helped them win two league titles and a League Cup in three seasons. The Serbian was reunited with Mourinho at United in July and has been instrumental in the Manchester club’s strong start this season as they sit second in the ...

Egyptian-Italian El Shaarawy strikes twice as Roma rout Chelsea 3-0

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Egyptian-Italian Stephan El Shaarawy struck twice, including the fastest goal of this season’s Champions League after just 39 seconds, to help thrust AS Roma to the top of their Champions League group with a convincing 3-0 win over lacklustre Chelsea on Tuesday. Following the sides’ thrilling 3-3 draw in London two weeks earlier, the Italian international striker’s brace was the highlight of another impressive display from Roma which allowed them to leapfrog the English ...

Hazard earns Chelsea narrow victory at Bournemouth

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Eden Hazard’s strike proved enough for champions Chelsea to eke out a 1-0 Premier League victory at struggling Bournemouth on Saturday. The Belgian, Chelsea’s main threat throughout, punished poor home defending six minutes after the break when he lashed a shot past Asmir Begovic for his third goal in his last three games for the London side. Second-bottom Bournemouth were always in contention, though, and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looked relieved as the ...

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