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  • The Bridge erupts

    The Bridge erupts0

    Stamford Bridge erupted in the dying seconds of a thrilling match against old rivals Leeds United as a late, late penalty – coolly taken by Jorginho – stole all the points at the death. A draw would have been a fair result, but Chelsea’s smash-and-grab ensured there was a twist in the tail of this

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  • Zola returns to the Bridge

    Zola returns to the Bridge0

    What a treat! Franco Zola back at Stamford Bridge; sitting in the press box for the Chelsea v Manchester City game. And how Chelsea needed him! If only we could have turned back the clock, handed him a blue shirt with 25 on the back and given him free rein in the second half, the

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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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