Chelsea

Ethan Ampadu rampant, Willian exquisite in Chelsea defeat of Hull

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:19:00 PST

Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal. Chelsea booked their place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a 4-0 stroll over Hull City at Stamford Bridge. The Blues flew out of the blocks with Willian scoring inside two minutes with a wonderful left-foot shot having won the ball high up the pitch. Pedro Rodriguez was next on the score sheet following a delicious first-time pass from Fabregas. Olivier Giroud's strength and finesse then set up Willian for another sublime finish off the inside of the post. Giroud scored his first for the...

Chelsea cruise as Willian, Giroud star ahead of Barca test

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:54:00 PST

Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal. The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another instant classic. LONDON -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 4-0 win vs. Hull in the FA Cup fifth round. 1. Too easy for Chelsea Chelsea have had precious little fun in 2018, but the good vibes were well and truly back at Stamford Bridge against Hull City. The visitors were admittedly obliging opponents and took just 106 seconds for Kevin Stewart to give the ball away deep in his own half and Willian drove at the Hull defence, jinking onto his left foot and curling into the top corner. Chelsea Hull City 4 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats From that moment Chelsea were in...

Critical few weeks for Chelsea as Antonio Conte nears the exit

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:06:00 PST

As pressure continues to mount on Antonio Conte, Gab Marcotti dismisses the notion the Chelsea manager wants to be sacked, even though he appears to be pushing the club's buttons. The FA Cup can save a manager's job. Arsene Wenger is still in place at the Emirates because Arsenal won the trophy last season. Antonio Conte was on the losing side in the final nine months ago but even if Chelsea replicate the Gunners' success in May, Conte cannot expect a reprieve at Stamford Bridge. Conte may not even last that long. The 48-year-old's relationship with the club has reached the point where both sides recognise that a parting of the ways is inevitable. Chelsea remain in contention...

Chelsea's Antonio Conte given Man United shirt as 'present from Mourinho'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:50:00 PST

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was presented with a Manchester United shirt by a prankster at a press conference claiming it was from Jose Mourinho. LONDON -- Antonio Conte was the victim of a surreal prank in his Friday news conference when an Italian man posing as a journalist presented him with a Manchester United shirt "as a present from Jose Mourinho." The man, believed to be Stefano Corti, co-presenter of Italia 1 satirical show Le Iene, got out of his chair and approached the front desk where Conte was sitting, requesting that the Chelsea head coach respond to a question in Italian relayed via his tablet. It quickly became clear, however,...

Transfer Rater: Mauro Icardi to Man United, Luke Shaw to Chelsea

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:21:00 PST

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.  Mauro Icardi to Manchester United Inter Milan captain Icardi has already been subject of Real Madrid transfer rumours this season but said at the time...

Eden Hazard, Andreas Christensen crucial as Conte bids to turn Chelsea around

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:03:00 PST

Chelsea beat West Brom to get back on track after a difficult run of form. Chelsea beat West Brom to get back on track after a difficult run of form. Chelsea beat West Brom to get back on track after a difficult run of form. Chelsea's battling performance in the 3-0 rout of West Brom on Monday eased the pressure on manager Antonio Conte and gave supporters renewed hope their team may have rediscovered the competitive appetite required to win silverware. While dreams of retaining the Premier League title have long since evaporated and the bitter disappointment at the way Conte's side failed to compete against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final has abated, thoughts now turn to Chelsea's chances in the FA Cup and Champions...

Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud provide Chelsea with multiple options up top

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:16:00 PST

Eden Hazard was back to his best, netting two goals in Chelsea's 3-0 victory against West Brom at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's resounding win over West Brom has the FC crew examining the Blues' chances of hanging on to their place in the Premier League's top four. After his first week as a Chelsea player having seen his new team thumped by lowly Bournemouth and Watford, it would have been interesting to hear Olivier Giroud's thoughts on his new situation. Having ostensibly left Arsenal in search of regular first-team football, the striker will also have been forgiven for thinking that he was joining a club with greater ambition and one more likely to add to his medal collection. Consecutive three-goal defeats might well have made him reconsider the wisdom...

Chelsea a one-man team as Hazard singlehandedly beats West Brom

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:30:00 PST

Eden Hazard was back to his best, netting two goals in Chelsea's 3-0 victory against West Brom at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's resounding win over West Brom has the FC crew examining the Blues' chances of hanging on to their place in the Premier League's top four. Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion. Eden Hazard starred for the Blues with a two-goal, man-of-the match display and Victor Moses also netted in a much-needed win that eased the pressure on manager Antonio Conte. Positives Having been routed recently by Bournemouth and Watford, an embarrassing defeat to West Brom might have spelled the end for Conte, but this time his Chelsea side rolled up their sleeves and battled...

Hazard delivers Chelsea vital win over West Brom in chase for the top four

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:14:00 PST

Eden Hazard was back to his best, netting two goals in Chelsea's 3-0 victory against West Brom at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's resounding win over West Brom has the FC crew examining the Blues' chances of hanging on to their place in the Premier League's top four. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said his side's 3-0 defeat over West Brom has helped lift the team's attitude after recent poor results. LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 3-0 Premier League victory over West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday. 1. Vital win buys Conte time Until the last week, Chelsea's disappointing season had never quite ventured into the realm of crisis. The ease with which Bournemouth and Watford dispatched of the reigning Premier League champions, however, hinted at terminal decline and left Antonio Conte's immediate future in serious doubt. Chelsea have no desire to part with Conte before...

ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:00:00 PST

Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol square off in predicting who'll emerge victorious from Basel-Man City, Juve-Spurs, Porto-Liverpool and Real-PSG. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson preview the two juiciest matchups in the UCL round of 16, Real Madrid versus PSG and Juventus versus Tottenham. Despite Real Madrid's persisting struggles, Craig Burley explains why they are capable of rising to the occasion in the Champions League against high-flying PSG. Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions. The line-up is set for the Champions League Round of 16. Gab Marcotti Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma Mark Ogden Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Graham Hunter Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Raphael...

Chelsea drama under Conte a far cry from Zola and Blues entertainers

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 04:02:00 PST

Chelsea lifted the Cup Winners' Cup in 1998 after edging past Stuttgart. LONDON -- It seems a little surreal now to recall that, long before Stamford Bridge became a place saddled with drama and expectation, Chelsea at their best were the carefree entertainers of English football. That reputation was forged by the flamboyant Blues team of the early 1970s, led in attack by Peter Osgood, Charlie Cooke, Alan Hudson and Ian Hutchinson. Together they won the FA Cup in 1970 and claimed the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup a year later, though their swashbuckling style endured just as...

Would your club sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as City ponder renewed move?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:59:00 PST

The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. Riyad Mahrez saw a transfer deadline move to Manchester City fail as Leicester stood firm over their £95 million valuation of him -- and then he refused to train. Puel says Mahrez needs to get his head right but what's next for Leicester's mercurial talent? ESPN FC's club correspondents have their say on whether their team should consider a summer move. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); MAN CITY: Yes Pep Guardiola wants more options out wide to stretch opponents, particularly against tight, defensive teams, which is...

Arsenal with point to prove vs. Tottenham, can Conte keep Chelsea job?

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 12:17:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the Premier League weekend and predict the outcomes. W2W4 previews the week's Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines. Arsenal have a point to prove Was Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing of Everton last weekend a sign of things to come or merely a false dawn? A debut goal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a hat trick of assists for Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided a timely boost ahead of a season-defining run of fixtures, but we are yet to truly know the mettle of Arsene Wenger's new lineup. By March 1 we will have a clearer understanding...

Chelsea history seems bound to repeat itself as pendulum swings for Conte

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 08:26:00 PST

The FC guys delve into the rumours that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is the top choice to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Antonio Conte says he is not concerned about his future despite Chelsea's recent form putting his position under considerable pressure. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is sick of Antonio Conte's self praise and argues the Chelsea manager isn't putting in the effort the job requires. Life lurches from the sublime to the ridiculous very quickly for Chelsea supporters these days. The swiftness by which the pendulum swings between success and perceived failure at Stamford Bridge has become a source of acute frustration for fans who again are facing up to the reality of a much-loved manager getting the sack and the uncertain future it would bring with it. A little more than two years ago, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea world imploded swiftly after the Premier League title had been won...

Crossing Abramovich might have doomed Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:13:00 PST

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is sick of Antonio Conte's self praise and argues the Chelsea manager isn't putting in the effort the job requires. The FC guys delve into the rumours that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is the top choice to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol worries that Chelsea might lose Thibaut Courtois if they don't act quickly and get him signed to a new contract. Antonio Conte is still Chelsea manager for now, but he arguably triggered his eventual downfall before he had secured the Premier League title in his first season as manager at Stamford Bridge. Despite a reprieve following Monday's 4-1 defeat at Watford, the events of last spring and early summer will ensure that his tenure comes to an end sooner rather than later. There is one golden rule at Chelsea, one that Conte either ignored or believed he could break without suffering the consequences:...

Chelsea's season still in front of them despite poor January, recent crisis talk

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 03:44:00 PST

The FC guys delve into the rumours that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is the top choice to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol worries that Chelsea might lose Thibaut Courtois if they don't act quickly and get him signed to a new contract. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is sick of Antonio Conte's self praise and argues the Chelsea manager isn't putting in the effort the job requires. As absurd as it might seem, Chelsea are a club that is never more than two games from a crisis. A sluggish January that contained a Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Arsenal certainly saw momentum checked, though the comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle in the FA Cup the following weekend seemed to have settled everything down. Fast forward 10 days and the situation could not be more different. Two limp defeats against relatively humble opposition in Bournemouth and Watford has brought manager...

Chelsea to sack Antonio Conte? Board clashes could spell end for Italian

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 04:54:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether time is up for Antonio Conte at Chelsea. The ESPN FC crew discuss whether time is up for Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Antonio Conte is on the brink at Chelsea after disastrous back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Watford. Just a season on from winning the Premier League, the Italian is battling to save his job after seeing Chelsea fall 19 points behind Manchester City in the title race. The Blues are scrapping for a place in the Champions League for next season and Conte took the unusual step this week of asking the board to publicly back him . What do the fans think? Chelsea bloggers Mark Worrall...

Bakayoko's carelessness, sending off set Chelsea up for defeat at Watford

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 03:35:00 PST

Watford scored three goals after a late Chelsea equalizer to surge past the 10-man Blues and pile more pressure on Antonio Conte. After Chelsea's resounding loss at Watford, the FC crew assess what's going wrong for Antonio Conte and how much longer he can go on at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte shows his frustration following Chelsea's defeat against Watford, admitting his starting XI choices were very poor. Chelsea's miserable start to 2018 continued with a limp 4-1 Premier League defeat at Watford on Monday night. The visitors never got going, with the home side displaying far more energy and desire from the first whistle. Richarlison was causing problems for the Blues, but it was one of their own, Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was their biggest threat. The Frenchman couldn't put a foot right, and his sending off after 30 minutes, although exceptionally harsh, removed him from further humiliation. Referee...

Watford upset Chelsea to pile pressure on beleaguered Antonio Conte

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 02:10:00 PST

Shaka Hislop breaks down Tiemoue Bakayoko's recent struggles and whether or not the Frenchman can figure out Premier League football. Watford scored three goals after a late Chelsea equalizer to surge past the 10-man Blues and pile more pressure on Antonio Conte. After Chelsea's resounding loss at Watford, the FC crew assess what's going wrong for Antonio Conte and how much longer he can go on at Stamford Bridge. LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Watford's 4-1 Premier League victory over Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Monday. 1. Watford pile pressure on beleaguered Conte This, to put it mildly, was not the night to get Antonio Conte the public statement of support he so craves. Chelsea picked up at Vicarage Road where they left off against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday: beaten by capable but unspectacular Premier League opponents in the most limp and hapless fashion possible. From...

Chelsea will continue to decline unless they start to match rivals' spending

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:04:00 PST

Amid speculation Antonio Conte could return to Italy, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley questions whether he will survive the season at Chelsea. Ahead of Chelsea's clash with Watford, Stewart Robson and Alison Bender discuss the future of under fire boss Antonio Conte. No matter who holds the dubious distinction of being Chelsea's manager next season, the frustrations recently aired by Antonio Conte about the club's player recruitment ensure that the man in the hotseat at Stamford Bridge can expect a bumpy ride. It may well be that Conte, who has taken the bold step of demanding a public vote of confidence from his bosses, remains in his post. But if Roman Abramovich's patience with Chelsea managers is anything to go by, the Italian will have to win the Champions...


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