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  • Blame the wasp for 3-0 win

    Blame the wasp for 3-0 win0

    Spurs were already trailing 2-0 to Chelsea at White Hart Lane when – with 20 minutes remaining – Thomas Tuchel brought on Timo Werner as a sub for Kai Havertz. “He’s bringing Werner on,” I said helpfully to a Tottenham journalist with his head buried in his laptop, who was sitting alongside me in the

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  • Where’s Kepa? Found him!

    Where’s Kepa? Found him!0

    Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, which further tightens life for the Blues at the top of the Premier League as the team clings to the all-important fourth place, means it is now five matches on the trot that goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga has been left on the bench. There wouldn’t be an issue for manager Frank

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  • Pupil v Master: Lampard’s on top

    Pupil v Master: Lampard’s on top0

    When they clashed in the league at White Hart Lane, the former student Frank Lampard had the tactical beating of his old mentor Jose Mourinho. It happened again at Stamford Bridge, where Lampard’s 3-4-2-1 formation worked a treat with Olivier Giroud (still smarting after his ‘goal’ was ruled offside against Manchester United on Monday) had

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  • How to grind out a result

    How to grind out a result0

    Sometimes you win handsomely, sometimes you have to grind out a result. Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Newcastle at the Bridge fell firmly into the second category. With Frank Lampard and ‘Stephen Roger Bruce’, as the teamsheet rather formally referred to the Magpies’ manager, urging their sides on from the dugout after a goalless first half,

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  • Blues’ blackout problem0

    Chelsea have a problem with ‘blackouts’, manager Morrie Sarri claims as he faces the toughest game of his career at Stamford Bridge – the visit of Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. Losing to Wolves in midweek was hardly the ideal preparation for a clash with his old pal and adversary Pep Guardiola – particularly as

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  • The frustration of desperation

    The frustration of desperation0

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that desperation is every bit as powerful a driver as ambition. Huddersfield Town came to Stamford Bridge in dire straits on the edge of the drop zone, and left with a point that means jobs are safe, salaries are secure, fans have salvaged survival from the jaws of disaster, and

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