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  • Midfield experiments0

    A standing ovation as Eden Hazard returns from injury to replace Willian against Palace Morrie Sarri learnt a lot from Chelsea's 3-1 victory over a redoubtable Crystal Palace at the Bridge on Sunday as he experimented with a midfield shuffle. Some lessons were more obvious than others. Chelsea are much better with Eden Hazard thanREAD MORE
  • A dozen blue roses

    A dozen blue roses0

    Valentine's Day is looming... so who in the Chelsea dressing room truly deserves a fans’ bouquet? Eden Hazard, for his exquisite footwork? Cesar Azpilicueta for his all-round, underappreciated dependability? Willian, for continuing to dazzle even though he's no longer an automatic first pick? Or how about unrufflable teenager Ethan Ampadu, whose ‘Whatever’ expression and dreadlockedREAD MORE
  • A handful of positives

    A handful of positives0

    Chelsea scored five as visitors Stoke decided to save their firepower for other matches in a disappointingly one-sided contest at Stamford Bridge on the day before New Year's Eve. With each goal coming from a different player, it demonstrated the breadth of the Blues' talent just as much as it underlined the fragility of City'sREAD MORE
  • A yawning, soporific 1-0

    A yawning, soporific 1-00

    Blue Santa hats were the fashion of the day as Chelsea ground out a 1-0 victory over Southampton at the Bridge, to keep their place among the also-rans behind sure-to-be champions Man City. For the Blues it was, at times, a frustrating afternoon. With Alvaro Morata on the bench after recovering from a back injury,READ MORE
  • Kante wins, Conte grins

    Kante wins, Conte grins0

    Welcome back, N'Golo Kante! To say you've been missed is an understatement. It's been a bleak, listless, rudderless October... but thank goodness you're fit and well again. That was the gist of the conversation on the way back to Fulham Broadway after the Blues' 1-0 victory over Manchester United; a surprisingly open and oddly one-sidedREAD MORE
  • Sulky One v Rattled One

    Sulky One v Rattled One0

    It’s The Sulky One v The Rattled One. Jose Mourinho brings United to the Bridge this weekend in snappy, surly mood, a million miles from the chirpy Special One who did so well at Chelsea. The Blues manager, on the other hand, has demons of his own. Tony Conte should have shrugged and smiled whenREAD MORE
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