Chelsea

Batshuayi brings enthusiasm and goals off the bench to rescue Chelsea

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge. Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford. After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked. Chelsea came back from 2-1 down to beat Watford 4-2 in a frenetic encounter at Stamford Bridge. Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues with a world-class strike in the 12th minute but the visitors refused to lay down and hit back with goals either side of the break. Abdoulaye Doucoure beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post to level in first-half stoppage time and, when Roberto Pereyra put the visitors ahead, it looked like Chelsea, whose defending was at times shambolic, might be heading to a third...

Chelsea still in title hunt with dramatic comeback win vs. Watford

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:40:00 PDT

Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea rode their luck against an impressive Watford for a vital 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. Craig Burley explains that while Chelsea defeated Watford, defensive frailties continue to emerge. After Chelsea fought back to beat Watford, Antonio Conte insists he will never be worried about being sacked. Antonio Conte commends Michy Batshuayi after his brace off the bench inspired Chelsea's come-from-behind win over Watford. Marco Silva praises Watford for their fighting spirit, but feels Antonio Conte's subs were the difference maker. Marco Silva insists Watford deserved to beat Chelsea after a late comeback handed the champions the win. LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 4-2 comeback win versus Watford on Saturday at Stamford Bridge that saw the defending champions avoid three consecutive Premier League defeats. 1. Chelsea remain in the title hunt Midway through the action-packed second half at Stamford Bridge, it genuinely seemed that Chelsea's title defence was over. With a loss, they would have ended Saturday 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. Instead, a stunning late turnaround means Chelsea are in fourth place and...

Conte must make up for Chelsea's depleted midfield with tactical nous

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:11:00 PDT

The FC panel delve into the reports that Chelsea's players may be unhappy with manager Antonio Conte. Chelsea's Antonio Conte hit back after he was asked about Jose Mourinho's jibe suggesting rival bosses cry about injuries. To say that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is not a happy man would be something of an understatement. Not even Eden Hazard's late equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Roma could soften his mood with the Italian maintaining a face like thunder during the rest of the match and the ensuing news conference. There have been no attempts to play down the difficult situation that he has found himself in after a draw and two defeats from his past three matches. There have been no attempts to deflect any of the...

Could Watford's Marco Silva be auditioning for a Chelsea vacancy?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:04:00 PDT

Could Marco Silva be in Roman Abramovich's eye with Antonio Conte's future uncertain? Champions Chelsea are troubled. Manager Antonio Conte's long-term future is far from certain, and similar noises of dissatisfaction were made before the departures of fellow title-winning predecessors such as Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. Saturday, then, appears an opportune time for Marco Silva to bring high-flying Watford to Stamford Bridge. John Brewin previews the weekend's Premier League action and highlights five key storylines in W2W4. Click here for more.

Antonio Conte needs to use his creativity, boldness to fix Chelsea

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:02:00 PDT

Craig Burley says Chelsea players should sit down with Antonio Conte to discuss their issues, not go to the press. The FC panel delve into the reports that Chelsea's players may be unhappy with manager Antonio Conte. The experts at the ESPN FC desk talk Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma as Antonio Conte's men have let in five goals in all competitions since coming back from the international break. The FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's defensive issues, Manchester United's style of play and Atleti's UCL struggles. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. If you want to see the glass as half-full, Eden Hazard's late equalizer against Roma meant that Chelsea avoided their third consecutive defeat in all competitions. To find the last time that happened, you have to go all the way back to September 2002: Claudio Ranieri was the manager, Chelsea were still owned by Ken Bates and the club was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Rationally, such streaks are meaningless, but psychologically, they matter, as Eden Hazard hinted after the game when he...

Antonio Conte could be headed for same fate as Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:04:00 PDT

Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. Antonio Conte hit back at Jose Mourinho's comment that he won't 'cry' like other managers have about dealing with injuries. As Chelsea's mini-slump continued with another disjointed performance -- this time against Roma in the Champions League -- there is a growing sense of alarm among supporters that unwanted history is about to repeat itself at Stamford Bridge. Successive Premier League defeats -- 1-0 at home against table toppers Manchester City, 2-1 away at bottom club Crystal Palace -- followed by the 3-3 against Roma, have heaped pressure on Blues boss Antonio Conte. Given the track record of the London club's...

Transfer Rater: Christian Eriksen to Barcelona, Christian Benteke to Chelsea

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:13:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Christian Eriksen to Barcelona Scouts from Barcelona reportedly took the opportunity to visit the Bernabeu on Tuesday night, not to watch rivals Real Madrid, but...

Eden Hazard nets first two of the season as Chelsea draw 3-3 with Roma

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:45:00 PDT

Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. Eden Hazard reflects on Chelsea's breathless 3-3 draw with Roma in the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea came from behind to grab a 3-3 draw with Roma in a topsy-turvy game at Stamford Bridge. The first half was a surprisingly open affair with both teams fashioning multiple chances. Chelsea were content to allow the visitors much of the ball and play on the counterattack and an early link-up between Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata tested the goalkeeper Alisson. Roma had a decent chance of their own when Diego Perotti weaved his way through Chelsea's midfield before firing just over from the...

Chelsea defence falters, Edin Dzeko stars as Blues and Roma share six-goal thriller

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:15:00 PDT

Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard both scored a brace for their sides as the two top teams of Group C battle to a 3-3 draw. LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea and Roma played to a 3-3 draw in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. 1. Chelsea and Roma share six-goal thriller   Champions League group games can be rather staid affairs, the inconsequentiality of many rendering them box-ticking exercises. That was quite emphatically not the case at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, when Chelsea and Roma drew a pulsating game 3-3 in which both teams held the lead and threw it away. Chelsea...

Is Abraham good enough for Chelsea? Maybe not, but when will they find out?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

The guys respond to your tweets about Tammy Abraham, Milan's loss to Inter and Manchester City's dominant start. Tammy Abraham might have been Chelsea's saviour -- a young forward who could have galvanised a club searching for answers as hopes of retaining last season's Premier League title fade. But he can't be. Not this season, at least. Abraham, just older than Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, is on loan at Swansea City for the 2017-18 campaign, and the 20-year-old has scored four league goals in eight matches. His parent club Chelsea, meanwhile, are praying that a hamstring problem for Alvaro Mortata,...

Chelsea need a tactical change to offset the absence of N'Golo Kante

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:32:00 PDT

The FC panel assess what Antonio Conte and Chelsea need to correct in order to avoid another shock defeat. The FC panel assess what Antonio Conte and Chelsea need to correct in order to avoid another shock defeat. Chelsea's midweek return to European action against Roma provides an almost immediate opportunity for Blues boss Antonio Conte to right the many wrongs evident in Saturday's shambolic Premier League loss to the top flight's basement club Crystal Palace. Chelsea AS Roma 3 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Gutless and clueless for the majority of the game, Chelsea were dominated by a Palace side who were both goalless and pointless before the encounter. In the wake of the 2-1 defeat, it wasn't just the experienced members of the team, players...

Antonio Conte can't escape blame for Chelsea's uneven title defence

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:48:00 PDT

The FC panel assess what Antonio Conte and Chelsea need to correct in order to avoid another shock defeat. The 2016-17 season is barely two months old, but for Chelsea it has already been a roller coaster. The opening-day home defeat to Burnley, the defensive win at Tottenham, the drab draw with Arsenal, the imposing victory at Atletico Madrid, the comprehensive loss to table-topping Manchester City, the reverse to previously pointless and goalless Crystal Palace. The seemingly erratic nature of these results and performances has seen expectations either soar or dip at almost every juncture. Factor in...

Slow start means Chelsea must make Premier League history to retain title

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:38:00 PDT

Antonio Conte says it will be difficult to sleep after Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace. Antonio Conte says it will be difficult to sleep after Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace. Antonio Conte says it will be difficult to sleep after Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace. Antonio Conte says it will be difficult to sleep after Chelsea's loss to Crystal Palace. For several months Antonio Conte has given off the weary air of a man meeting the challenges facing Chelsea with grim determination rather than his usual intense energy, but in the aftermath of Saturday's lacklustre defeat against Crystal Palace his sceptical assessment of the landscape carried greater resonance. "I think every season is different," he told reporters. "Last season is the past. Now it is another squad, different players and for this reason, if we compare last season, we didn't...

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Real Madrid to chase De Gea, Courtois, Ter Stegen

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:10:00 PDT

Cristiano Ronaldo's first La Liga goal of the season came late in the match to help Real Madrid secure a win at Getafe. Cristiano Ronaldo's first La Liga goal of the season came late in the match to help Real Madrid secure a win at Getafe. Zinedine Zidane delights in seeing several key Real Madrid players returning from injury as they look to catch Barcelona. With the January window on the horizon, there's plenty brewing in the transfer market. All the latest deals and potential deals can be found here. TOP STORY: Ronaldo lists his keeper demands Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Real Madrid to sign a new goalkeeper next summer and has drawn up a three-man shortlist of options, Diario Gol reports. The 32-year-old has reportedly told Madrid president Florentino Perez that the club needs a new keeper if they want to keep up their recent success and has given...

Chelsea flop as Willian, Batshuayi endure miserable day at Crystal Palace

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:48:00 PDT

Chelsea lost for the second successive match as Crystal Palace won for the first time this season. Chelsea slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace, pointless and goalless in the Premier League before this encounter, deservedly took the spoils. A Cesar Azpilicueta own goal handed the advantage to Palace in the 11th minute and although Tiemoue Bakayoko headed the Blues level shortly after, the home side were always more up for it. A shocking lapse of concentration by Willian on the stroke of half time culminated in Wilfried Zaha scoring what turned out to be the winner. Positives Bakayoko,...

Zaha dazzles as Crystal Palace end wretched run by stunning Chelsea

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:53:00 PDT

Crystal Palace scored their first goals of the season as they shocked champions Chelsea. Crystal Palace scored their first goals of the season as they shocked champions Chelsea. Crystal Palace scored their first goals of the season as they shocked champions Chelsea. LONDON - Three quick thoughts on Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. 1. Palace dent Chelsea's title charge This is why football is the greatest. When a team starts a season with seven defeats, not managing to muster a goal, then have to face the reigning champions in their next game, all logic points to the run being extended to eight games. But Crystal Palace defied such logic on Saturday, holding on to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha, making...

Chelsea shouldn't overlook improved Palace team in loud derby atmosphere

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:20:00 PDT

Alexis Nunes and Janusz Michallik square off at predicting Week 8's Premier League fixtures. On paper, the outcome of Chelsea's clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday should be a foregone conclusion. The side from Southeast London have yet to register a goal -- never mind a point -- in their seven Premier League games to date, conceding 17 times in the process. The visitors are the reigning champions that recently beat Atletico Madrid on their own patch, even if they were found wanting against Manchester City a few days later. A comfortable away win will be be inked in on many people's...

Rudiger and Christensen are answers to Chelsea's central defence problems

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:37:00 PDT

The FC panel look ahead at Chelsea's fixture list and examine the impact Alvaro Morata's hamstring injury may have on the team. The international break will have given Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plenty of time to plan ahead. Short-term concerns over the injuries to key players -- striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder N'Golo Kante -- will perhaps have dominated Conte's train of thought in respect of team selection, but any associated stress will surely have been mitigated by the positive developments with the future Blues central defence. Summer signing Antonio Rudiger, 24, who joined from Serie A side Roma, and 21-year-old...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea to return for Alex Sandro

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:53:00 PDT

Antonio Conte wants to bring Alex Sandro to Stamford Bridge as an attack-minded left wing-back. Chelsea maintain a strong interest in Juventus' Alex Sandro, reports the Star. For more on Sandro and the Blues, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

With Alvaro Morata out, will Chelsea turn to Michy Batshuayi to lead line?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:27:00 PDT

The FC panel look ahead at Chelsea's fixture list and examine the impact Alvaro Morata's hamstring injury may have on the team. The FC crew react to an atypical performance from Chelsea in their home defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City. With no official news yet regarding the severity of Alvaro Morata's hamstring injury, it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will be available for Chelsea during Saturday's London derby at Crystal Palace. With a Champions League clash against Roma looming next Wednesday, even if he was fit and available there is very little chance that Antonio Conte would risk his star striker. The Chelsea manager therefore has a decision to make over who will constitute his attack at Selhurst Park...


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