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Jorginho struggles as Chelsea lose Hudson-Odoi for the season and ground in top-four race

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 02:33:00 GMT

The FC crew assess where Chelsea fell short in their draw against Burnley, which saw the Blues drop crucial points in the top four race. Chelsea had a chance to climb to third in the Premier League against Burnley, but the Blues squandered the lead in a 2-2 draw with the Clarets. LONDON -- Not only did Chelsea miss a huge opportunity to capitalise on the mistakes of their top-four rivals by being held to a 2-2 draw by a stubborn Burnley side at Stamford Bridge despite another impressive display by Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi was lost for the season to an Achilles injury. N'Golo Kante also exited with an injury, but he's expected to be fit to face Manchester United in midweek. Positives There were times this season when Chelsea might have lost a game like this. As things...

Chelsea's David Luiz meets his doppelganger from Slavia Prague

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 02:33:00 GMT

Chelsea secured themselves safe passage into the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday night with an entertaining win over Slavia Prague. Already leading 1-0 from the first leg in the Czech capital, the Blues got their scoring done early to muster a 4-3 win in the second at Stamford Bridge. View this post on Instagram Was so good to see u my friend ! God bless u always and for sure u will continue to be great !!! Keep going!! Good luck =J<û @alexkral98_ @slaviapraha A post shared by David Luiz (@davidluiz_4) on Apr 18, 2019 at 2:11pm PDT On a personal level, it was also an incredibly memorable night for David Luiz, who was reunited with his long lost twin -- Slavia midfielder Alex Kral. The sight of two chaps with heads full of plentiful...

Transfer Talk: Hazard to Real Madrid to be announced within days

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:29:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. TOP STORY: Hazard to Real Madrid "in days" Real Madrid are set to announce the signing of Chelsea winger&nbsp;Eden Hazard in the next few days, according to Spanish outlet Marca. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future They're reporting that Madrid are close to announcing the capture of the Belgian following...

Olivier Giroud stars, David Luiz struggles as Chelsea advance to Europa League semis

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 02:36:00 GMT

The ESPN FC panel agreed with Maurizio Sarri's squad selection in the Europa League, saving Chelsea's big guns for Liverpool on Sunday. Pedro scored twice to help Chelsea into the Europa League semifinals as 5-3 aggregate victors over Slavia Prague after a 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge&nbsp;on Thursday. On a day when his former club Napoli were eliminated, the win and progression preserves Maurizio Sarri's one remaining hope of winning silverware in his first season in England. Positives Chelsea set about their opponents with the speed, fluidity and intensity that Sarri wants to see in every match, and they were rewarded with a comfortable...

Has Liverpool's win over Chelsea swung title momentum away from Man City? PLUS: Humiliation for PSG

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:23:00 GMT

After another action-packed weekend in soccer, Gab Marcotti reflects on the big talking points in his latest edition of Monday Musings. Jump to: LFC title charge | Lille thump PSG | Man City march on&nbsp;| Lazio-Milan drama&nbsp;| Man United win ugly | Juve easing up? | Barca take it easy | Dortmund win again | Spurs get rest | Bayern lose Neuer Has the title race momentum swung back to Liverpool? There was a literal slip, by Andy Robertson, but not a metaphorical one, and that's what...

Weekend numbers: Paul Pogba's best-ever season, Raheem Sterling's magic touch

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:30:00 GMT

The race for the 2018-19 Premier League crown promises to go down to the proverbial wire. A Raheem Sterling brace set up Manchester City's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Liverpool responded with a thrilling 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield. Brilliant stuff. Lower down in the table, Manchester United eked out a 2-1 win over West Ham United at Old Trafford to stay in contention for a top four spot.&nbsp; Meanwhile, across continental Europe, two giants of the game squandered chances to seal their respective...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea eye 'next Ibrahimovic' Isak after Dutch loan

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 03:13:00 GMT

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Jump to: Man United move for Eriksen | Arsenal eye Alderweireld TOP STORY: Chelsea eye 'next Ibrahimovic' Isak after Dutch goal blitz Chelsea are keeping an eye on Borussia Dortmund striker Alexander Isak, a young Swede who has been compared to compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic. TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future The...

If Liverpool go on to win the Premier League, Salah's goal to beat Chelsea will be the defining strike

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 11:43:00 GMT

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored in Liverpool's dominant victory over Chelsea, moving the Reds back ahead of Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down what Sunday's Premier League results mean for Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race. LIVERPOOL, England -- There have been some special goals that have gone on to define a title-winning campaign, and only time will tell whether Mohamed Salah's unstoppable left-foot strike for Liverpool against Chelsea earns its place alongside those scored by the likes of Eric Cantona, Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie during the Premier League era. But on a day that felt like being a momentous one in the race for the title before a ball had even been kicked, Salah's goal, which sealed a 2-0...

Eden Hazard, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7/10 but Chelsea fall short at Liverpool

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 10:49:00 GMT

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored in Liverpool's dominant victory over Chelsea, moving the Reds back ahead of Manchester City. Mohamed Salah scored one of the goals of the season as Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield, damaging Maurizio Sarri's hopes of delivering a top-four finish in the process. Positives Chelsea picked a sensible game plan to compete at Anfield and broadly executed it well -- if only in the defensive sense -- until Sadio Mane scored early in the second half. They also carved Liverpool open several times once they fell 2-0 behind and Eden Hazard...

Liverpool must keep energy high to beat Chelsea; Man Utd need to drop Young

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:55:00 GMT

W2W4 previews the weekend's Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines ... Will Liverpool have the emotional energy to beat Chelsea? Jurgen Klopp could hardly have asked for a better result from Liverpool's Champions League tie with Porto on Tuesday, ahead of their game against Chelsea this weekend. It was a straightforward 2-0 win without much drama, which is the sort of thing they needed given some of their previous games: even the 3-1 victory over Southampton the previous...

Impressive Antonio Rudiger 8/10 for underwhelming Chelsea in Prague

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 02:33:00 GMT

The ESPN FC panel agreed with Maurizio Sarri's squad selection in the Europa League, saving Chelsea's big guns for Liverpool on Sunday. Marcus Alonso's late winner meant Chelsea took a big step toward the Europa League semifinals, despite a display that was far from fluent as several fringe players failed to take their chance to impress.&nbsp; Positives Chelsea are in control of this tie thanks to Alonso's away goal and will be confident of booking their place in the final four at Stamford Bridge next week. Maurizio Sarri also got away with making seven changes ahead of a Premier League visit to Liverpool on Sunday. Negatives There...

'I didn't know that': Florent Malouda finds out he's been sacked by FC Zurich via Twitter

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 06:30:00 GMT

Florent Malouda reacted admirably well upon discovering he was surplus to requirements via Twitter. FC Zurich announced on Thursday that they had severed ties with Florent Malouda, who has been working as a coach with the Swiss club. It was all smiles when the former Chelsea winger, 38, joined Zurich as an attacking coach in mid-February but it would appear that he has already outgrown his use. Florent Malouda, der ehemalige 80-fache französische Nationalspieler und mehrjährige Stammspieler bei Olympique Lyon und dem Chelsea FC, wird ab 1. März 2019 vollamtlicher Mitarbeiter beim #FCZ: =I<ýhttps://t.co/TxqMrh29oo #fczuerich #stadtclub pic.twitter.com/G7mC24gNLC&mdash; FC Zürich (@fc_zuerich) February 19, 2019 In a statement issued by Zurich on Twitter, the club announced that the co-operation between the two parties had been ended by mutual agreement "It turns out that the different projects Florent Malouda...

Hazard's performance teases bright Chelsea future that might never arrive

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 04:27:00 GMT

Eden Hazard scored two brilliant goals for Chelsea in a win over London rivals West Ham that puts the Blues in third. Following another dazzling display from Eden Hazard, the FC crew explain why his form dictates the direction of Chelsea as they fight for top four. LONDON -- The good times never last long at Chelsea, and this was a tantalising glimpse of a future that the club's fans will probably never see. Eden Hazard's immaculate performance in Chelsea's 2-0 victory Monday over West Ham United inevitably left every other player on the pitch in the shadows. Between the flames that danced around him whenever he took up possession, there were sparks of nascent connections that seem destined to fizzle into smoke. There is now widespread expectation that...

Hazard a perfect 10 in single-handedly leading Chelsea past West Ham

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 02:14:00 GMT

Following another dazzling display from Eden Hazard, the FC crew explain why his form dictates the direction of Chelsea as they fight for top four. LONDON -- Eden Hazard produced a virtuoso individual performance as Chelsea beat West Ham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday to move up to third in the Premier League and boost their hopes of Champions League qualification. Positives Hazard has returned to the form of autumn, when he was the best player in the Premier League. Maurizio Sarri also kept faith in Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi to maintain their recent form and was rewarded. Thanks to the stumbles of their rivals, Chelsea's...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi 335, Mo Salah 50, Lewandowski 200

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 06:28:00 GMT

Manchester City's pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple is entering its final leg -- they strolled&nbsp;to a 1-0 win over Brighton to book a place in the FA Cup final. Joining them there are Watford, who staged a remarkable comeback&nbsp;from 2-0 down to win their semifinal against Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in extra time. In the Premier League, Liverpool fought back from a goal down to beat Southampton away, and moved two points clear at the top. Meanwhile, Arsenal's quest for a top four spot...

Pogba, Hazard to join Real Madrid? De Gea to leave Man United on a free?

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 06:00:00 GMT

The 2018-19 season is reaching its decisive stage, but off the pitch another race is beginning to take shape. Some star players at Europe's biggest clubs are facing uncertain futures and are laying the groundwork for a move away this summer, while others are waiting to discover whether they will still be wanted next season. So with the transfer window set to open again on May 16, what's the story so far with the major impending transfer sagas? Paul Pogba TRANSFERS ESPN's step-by-step guide to a transfer Why were Chelsea given a transfer ban? FC Exclusives - Solskjaer eyes five United signings - Barcelona set to sign De Ligt - Herrera to join PSG - Chelsea track Paranaense's Guimaraes - Real's Varane considering future Manchester United's position on the French...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea agree to initial deal with Real Madrid for Eden Hazard

Fri, 5 Apr 2019 05:20:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti rates the likelihood Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe arrive and Gareth Bale departs Real Madrid this summer. The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer. Jump to: Robben to MLS | Van Dijk wanted in Spain TOP STORY: Hazard warning -- Real, Chelsea reach deal Real Madrid and Chelsea have reached a deal for Eden Hazard that Marca describes as "imminent." According to the report, Hazard will switch Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu and...

Why Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United will -- and will not -- finish in the top four

Thu, 4 Apr 2019 03:24:00 GMT

The Premier League title race between Manchester City and Liverpool is alive and well -- but coming just behind them, things are equally fascinating in the battle for the top-four places. (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='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); A couple of months ago, it seemed Manchester United were huge outsiders for a Champions League place. A couple of weeks ago, it seemed Tottenham were nailed-on for one of those slots, with Chelsea and Arsenal battling it out for the final place. But suddenly, the field has tightened up considerably. United's...

Callum Hudson-Odoi 8/10 in dream Premier League debut as Chelsea thump Brighton

Wed, 3 Apr 2019 02:26:00 GMT

LONDON -- Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his first Premier League start with an assist and a bright display Wednesday as Chelsea cruised past Brighton 3-0 to boost their top-four hopes and further ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri. Positives Sarri picked the team many Chelsea fans wanted and they rewarded him. Hudson-Odoi tormented Brighton from the right flank, creating the breakthrough goal for Olivier Giroud, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also grew in influence and capped his performance with a second-half...

Premier League status report: How will rest of 2018-19 season play out?

Tue, 2 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT

Following Mohamed Salah's response to his critics, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains what's missing from the Liverpool forward's game this campaign. Now that we're in the final dash to the line in the Premier League, who can keep a cool head in a crisis? Which teams can perform when the heat is turned up? Who might falter unexpectedly? With all those questions in mind, and more, Ian Darke takes a club-by-club look at the league to help you decide how the rest of 2018-19 will pan out. 1. Liverpool | 79 points | 32 games played The Reds are looking far from fluent, but they've still been beaten only once all season, and are getting the...


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