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  • Midfield experiments0

    Morrie Sarri learnt a lot from Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over a redoubtable Crystal Palace at the Bridge on Sunday as he experimented with a midfield shuffle. Some lessons were more obvious than others. Chelsea are much better with Eden Hazard than without him – proved when the nippy winger came on during the second half

  • It’s clicking for Ross0

    Everything’s clicking for Ross Barkley, a player transformed from the injury-prone ‘maybe man’ released by Everton in January this year for what now looks like a bargain £15million. Strong, keen and almost clairvoyant in his anticipation of moves, he looks a natural in Chelsea’s squad… evidenced by his pivotal role in the Blues’ overwhelming display

  • Saints go marching out

    Saints go marching out0

    Chelsea secured their place in the FA Cup final after turning on a dazzling second-half display at Wembley to knock Southampton out in the semi-final. It tees up a fascinating Blue v Red clash on Royal wedding day, May 19, when Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be going toe-to-toe with his old team. After a

  • Blues turn it on at Burnley

    Blues turn it on at Burnley0

    Bridget and Stamford were delighted, and relieved, by Chelsea’s tricky away win at Burnley on an unfamiliar Thursday night of football at Turf Moor; the 2-1 victory keeping up the pressure on Spurs, who are showing signs of stuttering as the final matches of the season approach. The Blues surprised everyone by playing a front

  • Unlocking a grim defence

    Unlocking a grim defence0

    How do you do it? How do you unlock a defence that is determined to shut out all attacks? The Blues failed at Goodison Park, where Sam Allardyce’s Everton team snuffed out move after move in a thorough – if grim – display of suffocation. The celebrations at the end of that 0-0 confirmed that

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