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  • Blues look to bounce back

    Blues look to bounce back0

    Chelsea revert to European business on Saturday, trying to put FA Cup disappointment behind them.  The Blues have the seemingly hopeless task of reversing a three-goal deficit against Bayern Munich to get to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in Saturday’s return leg, delayed by five months.  Truth be told, half the players would rather

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  • Poetry sets tone for cup final

    Poetry sets tone for cup final0

    When Chelsea and Arsenal face each other at the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, they’ll not only hear Abide By Me – the traditional pre-match hymn – but also verses of poetry. This final will be like no other in the history of the game, with spectators locked out and the event

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  • Blues cruise to FA Cup final

    Blues cruise to FA Cup final0

    Some have questioned his tactics recently, but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard got them spot-on at Wembley to cruise past Manchester United in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final and set up an August 1 clash with Arsenal in an all-London final. That the Blues so completely dominated a match in which – on form – they were

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  • Blues steady the ship

    Blues steady the ship0

    An Olivier Giroud close-range header in first-half stoppage time was all that separated Chelsea and Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. His neck muscles bulging, he forced home Christian Pulisic’s cross with such whip that Tim Krul’s fingertips were pushed back by the ball’s pace. But Frank Lampard was pleased that his team steadied

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  • Eagles + Blues = cracking fun

    Eagles + Blues = cracking fun0

    In one of the most absorbing, free-flowing and unpredictable matches of this fractured season, Crystal Palace pushed Chelsea all the way… but just couldn’t pip the Blues at the post in an all-action Tuesday evening thriller at Selhurst Park. Playing in pale blue pyjamas which looked like old Coventry City shirts that had done too

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  • Hunger v smugness

    Hunger v smugness0

    West Ham, desperate for points and starved of success, overpowered rivals Chelsea who – to their shame – turned up at the London Stadium for this midweek league derby smugly expecting a simple win. On paper, the Blues should have beaten the Irons. Especially as the vast echoing bowl of a stadium lacked a baying

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