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  • A confidence restorer?

    A confidence restorer?0

    Pic: Chelsea FC Chelsea Women meet Leicester City for the first time in any competition on Sunday lunchtime, with the Blues having won 16 of their last 17 FA Women’s Super League matches against newly promoted clubs. It follows the drama of midweek when Pernille Harder scored a stoppage-time leveller to earn the Blues a

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  • Emma enters hall of fame

    Emma enters hall of fame0

    Fresh from the last-gasp drama of earning a draw at Kingsmeadow in the Champions League, Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has been announced as the latest to be honoured in the Women’s Super League hall of fame. Hayes, the longest serving manager in the WSL, turns 45 next week. Her haul of four league titles

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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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