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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Call off this season; start afresh

    Call off this season; start afresh0

    Premier League clubs bicker about whether or not to finish the interrupted season, despite many countries deciding there’s no point, and English football’s public relations disaster rolls on. Every statement from football governing bodies begins with the insistence that safety of players, staff and spectators is the paramount concern. Frankly, it should only be news

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