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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Finally… home comfort

    Finally… home comfort0

    After a string of stuttering home league performances, Frank Lampard was finally able to welcome a straightforward victory as the Blues beat Burnley 3-0 at the Bridge. It was a good showing, although chance after chance to rack up a really serious win were squandered in traditional fashion. All in all, though, this was a

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  • The mojo is back

    The mojo is back0

    Chelsea rediscovered their mojo on a squally, rain-lashed night at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as they produced an excellent display of creativity, dominance, tight passing and skill to defeat Lille. Yet at the last knockings of this absorbing Champions League encounter, they found themselves again clinging on, begging for the final whistle, against the minnows

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  • Saints alive! Another win!

    Saints alive! Another win!0

    Chelsea are starting to enjoy themselves, with Sunday's 4-1 away win down in sunny Southampton underlining just how imprecise a science it is to predict how a season will pan out. Back in August, after the Blues suffered a heavy opening-weekend 4-0 defeat to Man U, pundits were cheerfully predicting that United would do wellREAD MORE
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