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Pedro pegs back Eintracht Frankfurt with precious away goal for Chelsea

The Spain forward equalised late in the first half after Luka Jovic had given the home side the lead in the 23rd minute Eintracht Frankfurts supporters were still bellowing out deafening praise long after the final whistle had been blown but, as the team lined up in front of the ultras to show their appreciation, all who lingered in this arena knew the momentum in this tie had been stolen by Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri would warn of the threat the Germans will pose back in London, but his side had…

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Premier League fans assess the run-in. Part 1: Arsenal to Huddersfield

Fans rate the season so far, and predict what lies ahead Arsenal Considering we were 10 points behind Spurs a couple of weeks back, with many starting to question Emerys ability, a combination of faltering competition and an upturn in form has suddenly made for a surprisingly positive mood. Now theres a chance to not just achieve a top-four finish, but also to restore the natural order in north London. More of this please Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Emery putting his best available XI on the park instead of paying the likes…

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lvaro Morata winner earns Chelsea narrow victory over stubborn Vidi

Chelsea were run close by the Hungarian side Vidi in their Europa League group game at Stamford Bridge until lvaro Morata scored to earn them a 1-0 win lvaro Morata puffed out his cheeks and tried to muster a smile. He had provided the games decisive moment and his grateful teammates ran to congratulate him after his poachers finish. Yet Chelseas matchwinner betrayed relief more than joy by burying his face in Willians shoulder, and his struggle to enjoy the feeling of ending his barren run summed up an awkward…

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Eden Hazard confirms he will not leave Chelsea this month

Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity Eden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as stupidity. Hazard has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time, and particularly so after strongly hinting last month, following Belgiums involvement at the World Cup, that his time in west London had come to an end. 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, Hazard insisted he is not going anywhere,…

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Maurizio Sarri ready to lock horns with Guardiola even if Chelsea are not

Maurizio Sarri has barely had time to work with his Chelsea players but is keen to start strongly against the champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday Maurizio Sarri describes Pep Guardiola as a friend, somebody he respects as a person first and foremost and, as he prepared to cut his teeth in English football against Guardiolas Manchester City team in Sundays Community Shield, his mind went back to a meal they shared in mid-June. It was in Milano Marittima, the beach resort on Italys Adriatic…

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Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Chelsea Liverpool, however, retain an interest in the midfielder Chelsea have kickstarted a frantic scramble for reinforcements in the final week of the summer transfer window by agreeing a fee of around 35m with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Stamford Bridge before the cut-off on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract,…

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

Liverpools defensive frailties, Wayne Rooneys nous in both boxes, an unwanted headache for Paul Clement and Manchester Uniteds unsung heroes 1) Looking beyond Lukaku is the key The excellence of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic will attract most attention, but equally crucial was went on around them. Because Jos Mourinho omitted Ander Herrera completely unnecessary against opposition likely to sit deep he could pick an extra attacker, and whether that was Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Marcus Rashford, the trident roaming behind Lukaku offered craft, pace, movement and numbers. Last…

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Manchester United close in on 100m Lukaku deal after seeing off Chelsea

Manchester United are set to confirm the signing of Evertons Romelu Lukaku in a deal valued at 100m, which would also incorporate Wayne Rooneys return to Goodison Park Manchester United believe they have deflected Chelseas frantic attempts to hijack Romelu Lukakus proposed move to Old Trafford and are set to confirm the Belgians signing in a deal valued at 100m, which would also incorporate Wayne Rooneys return to Goodison Park. Lukaku is understood to have undertaken a medical at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, where he has been on…

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Diego Costa: Antonio Conte has told me I am not wanted at Chelsea next season

Diego Costa has claimed he has been told by Antonio Conte that he is not wanted at Chelsea next season, with the Spain striker admitting he will have to find a way out of Stamford Bridge Diego Costa has claimed he has been told by Antonio Conte that he is not wanted at Chelsea next season, with the Spain striker admitting he will have to find a way out of Stamford Bridge. Costa, who is away on international duty after helping Chelsea to win the Premier League title last season,…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the final weekends action

Jrgen Klopp must reinstate fear factor at Anfield; Southamptons rise in expectation levels spells trouble for Claude Puel; Antonio Conte sees Arsenal as FA Cup favourites 1) Koemans team improvements may not involve Barkley Ronald Koeman was not in the mood to bite when the issue of Ross Barkleys present and future was presented to him at the end of a flip-flop, relaxed, season-wind-down at Arsenal. Koeman gives the impression he would not be too fussed if an enigmatic homegrown talent Match report: Arsenal 3-1 Everton 2) Cause for contentment,…

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Chelsea to make Antonio Conte highest-paid manager to ward off Inter

Antonio Conte will be rewarded for Chelseas Premier League success with a massive pay rise to ward off Internazionales interest and he will help attract 200m of talent this summer Chelsea are prepared to make Antonio Conte the highest-paid manager in their history and bankroll a lavish strengthening of his squad this summer as they seek to build on the to become Gareth Southgates No2 with England on a permanent basis. Gabriele Oriali, a former player and sporting director who worked closely with Conte in the Italian national set-up, is…

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Chelsea and France midfielder NGolo Kant voted PFA player of the year

NGolo Kant beat Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Snchez to take PFA player of the year award, while Dele Alli won young player prize The Chelsea midfielder NGolo Kant has been voted the Professional Footballers Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season. He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard who won the award…

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Antonio Conte says Spurs are now the best team in the Premier League

Antonio Conte has admitted that Spurs are now the best team in the Premier League and said Chelsea only have a 50% chance of winning title after their 2-0 loss to Manchester United Antonio Conte admitted that Tottenham Hotspur were now the best team in the Premier League and said Chelsea had only a 50-50 chance of winning the title after their defeat at Manchester United restricted the league leaders to a four-point lead at the top of the table. Chelsea were 13 points clear when they beat Stoke City…

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