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  • Happy Xmas, Jose!

    Happy Xmas, Jose!0

    The giant message board on the side of the new-look White Hart Lane stadium beamed out a message of festive cheer as fans made their way back up the 10-mile kebab-lined road to Seven Sisters. And Chelsea wished their old manager reciprocal greetings, by comprehensively outwitting, out-manoeuvring, out-thinking and out-playing him. Pupil beat tutor, Frank

  • Like an old silent film

    Like an old silent film0

    Frank Lampard isn’t the angriest person in Stamford Bridge. There are 40,000 angrier ones. Chelsea’s pitiful performance against Bournemouth – another 1-0 home defeat – means the honeymoon is well and truly over. Lampard better get his act together, because much more of this type of dire, lazy play by his cosseted team of ‘superstars’

  • The mojo is back

    The mojo is back0

    Chelsea rediscovered their mojo on a squally, rain-lashed night at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as they produced an excellent display of creativity, dominance, tight passing and skill to defeat Lille. Yet at the last knockings of this absorbing Champions League encounter, they found themselves again clinging on, begging for the final whistle, against the minnows

  • Morning sickness0

    If you want to beat Chelsea, persuade one of the TV channels to shift the match to the earliest possible slot. For some reason, the Blues cannot get their act together before mid-afternoon… especially if they’re playing away. So it was at rudderless Goodison Park, where an Everton team staring at relegation and with Duncan

  • No plans for the January sales

    No plans for the January sales0

    As news filtered through that Chelsea’s appeal to sport’s court of arbitration had succeeded (the transfer ban has been lifted and the fine halved) there was a collective shudder of apprehension from fans. Might it mean that Frank Lampard’s courageous kids policy will be abandoned in favour of signing more ready-made ‘superstars’? Will it mean

  • Cushions urgently needed

    Cushions urgently needed0

    John Terry, returning hero, signed and posed and chatted and bonded ahead of the Blues’ game against Villa, but he – and his old team-mate Frank Lampard – know that the points Chelsea won as the temperatures plunged could easily have been snatched away. Without the cushion of an extra goal, Chelsea will always look

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