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  • Life without fans: Lamps speaks

    Life without fans: Lamps speaks0

    A deserted London Stadium awaits Chelsea tomorrow evening when they travel across the capital to face West Ham. And that will be different, concedes Blues manager Frank Lampard via Zoom as he looks ahead to the game. Football without fans is unsettling, he agrees, but it’s equally unsettling for everyone. “It’ll be different; we’ve all

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  • Footy in lockdown is surreal

    Footy in lockdown is surreal0

    Talk about contrasts. It was either utter silence or deafening 80s hits at Leicester as Chelsea’s 1-0 win teed up an FA Cup semi against Man U at Wembley. They struggled to get the balance right; the Tannoy messages relayed at full volume, as if competing with 32,000 baying fans. The guy could have whispered

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  • Outfoxed: Lampard wins the day

    Outfoxed: Lampard wins the day0

    The Leicester players sank to the ground at the final whistle as Chelsea’s players celebrated. After bossing the first half of this absorbing FA Cup quarter-final, Brendan Rodgers had been outfoxed by the young tactician Frank Lampard. Chelsea left Leicester’s King Power stadium 1-0 winners, thanks to a well-worked goal by Ross Barkley in the

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  • Blues beat the heat (& City)

    Blues beat the heat (& City)0

    Chelsea’s first home game after the lockdown break showed that Frank Lampard’s team is still advancing. Despite having to weather endless Manchester City onslaughts in the evening heat at an echoey Stamford Bridge, the Blues emerged 2-1 winners, in the process deposing the reigning champions and gifting Liverpool their first title since Margaret Thatcher was

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  • Blues’ joy at turnaround

    Blues’ joy at turnaround0

    Chelsea managed to turn a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 2-1 victory at Villa Park in their opening match back after the Covid break, notching up their first away win of 2020 and making a clear statement about their intention to hang on to a Champions League place for next season. But the biggest takeaway

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  • Fan-free footy: the new normal

    Fan-free footy: the new normal0

    Men’s football resumes this month, with Blues fans dividing their interest between FA Cup and Premier League. Looking back to Saturday 21 March seems as far removed from real life as watching scratchy black-and-white First World War footage, but that was the day Chelsea should have travelled to Leicester for a lunchtime FA Cup quarter-final.

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