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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Emma Hayes is crowned queen

    Emma Hayes is crowned queen0

    Chelsea Women’s gaffer Emma Hayes has been crowned queen of the WSL after winning most fan nominations in a manager-of-the-season and team-of-the-season poll organised by the BBC at the tail end of this strange, truncated footballing year. Blues players Beth England, Magda Eriksson and Millie Bright feature in the team of the year, alongside a

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