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  • Different trajectories

    Different trajectories0

    Chelsea like to boast of being a family of teams with shared values. But on current form, the men and women are on different trajectories. The men are stuttering. After dominating proceedings at St James’ Park, they lost to an injury-time goal from Newcastle and returned to London empty-handed. The women also headed to the

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  • Plenty to smile about

    Plenty to smile about0

    Emma Hayes was beaming on Sunday, writes Jane Grove. The Chelsea manager was presented with a gleaming silver salver marking her 200th game in charge of the WSL team, and her smile became even wider after she was given roses by fans after the Blues’ 6-1 drubbing of opponents Bristol City in front of a

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  • Their problem, my privilege

    Their problem, my privilege0

    Now that competition’s hotting up at Chelsea – especially in the role of striker – with the arrival of top-rated Aussie forward Sam Kerr, pictured, how will manager Emma Hayes cope with the battle for starting places? Hayes finds the question amusing, because the alternative (scratching around for someone to fill the No9 role) is

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  • Sam’s start? Blame the flu!

    Sam’s start? Blame the flu!0

    It was an outbreak of flu that swept through Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham last week that led to Sam Kerr making her debut against Reading at the weekend, revealed the gaffer. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, cradling her son Harry during the post-match touchline press conference after the 3-1 league win, said that so many

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  • Aussie rules!

    Aussie rules!0

    The countdown to Sam Kerr’s debut for Chelsea Women has begun, and the new signing (who formally joined the Chelsea family on Friday December 27 after returning from Christmas with her own family Down Under) is expected to play a part for the Blues against Reading on Sunday lunchtime. It’s not expected to be a

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  • I’ve got the muddy blues

    I’ve got the muddy blues0

    A furious Emma Hayes questioned whether the weekend match up at Liverpool should have been played at all, because of the state of the muddy pitch. In the end Chelsea’s winning streak came to a sudden and unexpected end with a 1-1 draw against lowly Liverpool… and Reds manager Vicky Jepson appeared to back up

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