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  • 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
  • Unlocking a grim defence

    Unlocking a grim defence0

    How do you do it? How do you unlock a defence that is determined to shut out all attacks? The Blues failed at Goodison Park, where Sam Allardyce's Everton team snuffed out move after move in a thorough - if grim - display of suffocation. The celebrations at the end of that 0-0 confirmed thatREAD MORE
  • ‘Humble’ Ampadu’s the future

    ‘Humble’ Ampadu’s the future0

    Am-pa-du-du-du, push pineapple, shake the tree... The 17-year-old wunderkid - and he's only just turned 17 - is a key part of Tony Conte's vision for Chelsea's future... although the Blues manager has a word of warning for the youngster who played in the David Luiz/Andreas Christensen central defensive slot in the 2-1 League Cup victoryREAD MORE
  • A muddled, unconvincing win

    A muddled, unconvincing win0

    Yes, OK, there was drama aplenty at the end of this League Cup quarter-final at the Bridge on Wednesday night, December 20... but for the most part this was an oddly unconvincing and strange performance by a greatly changed Blues team. With the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu making his full debut in central defence, it wasREAD MORE
  • Obscene chant greets draw!

    Obscene chant greets draw!0

    There were muffled obscenities when the draw for the semi-finals of the Conti Cup was announced on Monday afternoon, with Chelsea being drawn against favourites Manchester City, rather than Reading. But Emma Hayes' ladies do have home advantage for the fixture to be played on either Saturday January 13 or Sunday January 14... with theREAD MORE
  • Fran, Fran, Super Fran…

    Fran, Fran, Super Fran…0

    There's no stopping her. Chelsea Ladies' nippiest forward, Fran Kirby, claimed the match ball after scoring a hat-trick in the Blues' 5-1 defeat of Liverpool in the Conti Cup, in front of 1,161 hardy souls braving the cold winds and incessant rain. Tomorrow (Monday) Chelsea will discover who they will meet in the semi-final ofREAD MORE
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