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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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  • 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

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  • A dozen blue roses

    A dozen blue roses0

    Valentine’s Day is looming… so who in the Chelsea dressing room truly deserves a fans’ bouquet? Eden Hazard, for his exquisite footwork? Cesar Azpilicueta for his all-round, underappreciated dependability? Willian, for continuing to dazzle even though he’s no longer an automatic first pick? Or how about unrufflable teenager Ethan Ampadu, whose ‘Whatever’ expression and dreadlocked

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  • A handful of positives

    A handful of positives0

    Chelsea scored five as visitors Stoke decided to save their firepower for other matches in a disappointingly one-sided contest at Stamford Bridge on the day before New Year’s Eve. With each goal coming from a different player, it demonstrated the breadth of the Blues’ talent just as much as it underlined the fragility of City’s

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  • A yawning, soporific 1-0

    A yawning, soporific 1-00

    Blue Santa hats were the fashion of the day as Chelsea ground out a 1-0 victory over Southampton at the Bridge, to keep their place among the also-rans behind sure-to-be champions Man City. For the Blues it was, at times, a frustrating afternoon. With Alvaro Morata on the bench after recovering from a back injury,

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  • Kante wins, Conte grins

    Kante wins, Conte grins0

    Welcome back, N’Golo Kante! To say you’ve been missed is an understatement. It’s been a bleak, listless, rudderless October… but thank goodness you’re fit and well again. That was the gist of the conversation on the way back to Fulham Broadway after the Blues’ 1-0 victory over Manchester United; a surprisingly open and oddly one-sided

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