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Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table until next game with Manchester City after winning 2-1 over Spurs this evening.

Tottenham had a great first half and scored with Eriksen after just 10′ but the Blues were able to equalise right before halt-time with a stunning shot of Pedro from outside the box that went to the posts crossing.

Victor Moses sealed the match and gave back to Chelsea the top of the table scoring the winner at 52′, Spurs then were not able to equalise and still stil fifth in the table with 24 points, while Conte’s side lead with 31.

Liverpool and Man City, who bot won in the afternoon, keep their second place with 30.

Full match report to follow soon.

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The Blues started well, aggressive, and went close to score with Fabregas and Willian in a couple of times, but Spurs were more cynical and took advantage of the only two real chances they got, with Chelsea defense being really poor in both occasions.

In the second half after a corner Gary Cahill took a touch before firing a left-footed shot into the net, then at 83′ Eden Hazard produced a superb first-time shot which curled into the top corner.

Leicester City are now mathematically Premier League champions after Chelsea 2-2 draw.

CHELSEA –  Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs- Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore

Manager- Guus Hiddink

 

TOTTENHAM –  Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Kane

Subs- Vorm, Davies, Wimmer, Carroll, Chadli, Mason, Clinton

Manager- Mauricio Pochettino

Scorers: Kane 35′, Min Son 44′, Cahill 58′, Hazard 83′

Yellow Cards: Walker 27′, Vertonghen 38′, Willian 45′, Rose 45′ Lamela 51′, Eriksen 70′, Dier 90′, Kane 90′, Dembele 90′

Referee- Mark Clattenburg

 

 

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Today at Swansea Chelsea lost not only a game but also a huge part of the – already small- chances to get into European competitions for next season.

The Blues were not able to respond to Sigurdsson‘s goal that arrived halfway in the first part and now they find themselves again in the 10th place with 44 points: it will be really hard to climb up to the sixth place, even with a game in hand.

Guus Hiddink said yesterday he preferred to give chances to the youngsters rather than keeping his unbeaten record in the Premier League, but with his record gone now, he could understand that not every game you are facing an almost relegated side with no motivation and some of the youngsters didn’t fulfill the expectations after the good performances against Aston Villa: one of them is Matt Miazga, that did a big mistake in Swansea’s goal with a weak clearing that gave the ball to Sigurdsson.

Chelsea then was not able to equalise, with Pato wasting two big chances before the end of the first half but they risked also to get the second goal after a mix-up between Begovic and Baba Rahman that Andre Ayew didn’t exploit.

In the beginning of the second half Begovic avoid the 2-0 with a great save on Paloschi.

Meanwhile Kenedy made his way into the pitch at half time, replacing Matt Miazga.

A 2-0 that could came right after this chance, when Ivanovic terribly loses a ball near the box delivering that to Sigurdsson, that didn’t take advantage of Chelsea defense’s present like in the first half.

Pato then misses another chance on a terrific cross by Baba and that’s when Hiddink decides to replace him with Bertrand Traorè (minute 64).

Chelsea seem to be more confident to get the equaliser now, but they miss another chance with Pedro and, at the end, it’s Swansea going closer to score with another incredible chance missed by Montero. ( minute 74).

At minute 77 Hiddink tries another desperate move to try to get at least a draw and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek ( poor today) with Radamel Falcao, who comes back to play an official games after six months from his previous one and a long recovery from two muscular injury.

The result is not what expected, since the team seem to be a little nervous now, throwing balls into Swansea area but in a confusional way.

Anyway Falcao gets his big chance at minute 86′, when he shoots after a quick spin on a great ball gave by Traore but Swansea defender Williams is able to deflect the ball before Fabianski gets it and save his goal.

Chelsea desperately continue to attack but the anxiety to get the result don’t help the team to be lucid when coming close to the goal.

The game ends with a defeat that can be tougher of what imagined: Antonio Conte will have a great job to do next season to restore confidence in this team and take it back to to football top levels.

 

SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew (Routledge 67′), Montero( Naughton 84′), Paloschi (Gomis 75′).

Unused Subs: Nordfeldt,, Amat, Ki, Barrow.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA - Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga (Kenedy 46′), Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek (Falcao 76′), Oscar; Pato (Traore 64′)

Unused Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Scorers: Sigurdsson 25′

Yellow Cards- Swansea: Rangel 30′, Taylor 43′, Paloschi 71′, Williams 78′, Leroy Fer 79′. Chelsea: Azpilicueta 36′, Miazga 40′, Pedro 71′, Fabregas 78′

 

Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK

 

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A first half with two great goals. first from Lanzini to put West Ham 1-0 up  and then stoppage time of the first half saw Cesc Fabregas equalise with an emphatic strike from a free-kick which sailed into the top right corner.

A substitution from Chelsea at half-time sees Pedro replace Kenedy.

The first chance in the second half came from Oscar after a great ball across the goal from Ivanovic but Oscar couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball to divert it towards goals.

Chelsea looked threatening early in the second half, winning corner after corner, a goal in the coming it seemed.

West Ham hit Chelsea on the break and Cresswell found himself in the box, he hit a left footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and rolled calmly out for a Chelsea throw-in.

The hour mark and Remy found himself on the edge of the box, held off Reid but could only find Adrian with his shot. West Ham got the ball up the pitch quickly, Payet played in Andy Carroll and he found the net with a left-footed shot. Carroll only being on the pitch for a matter of seconds. An inspired substitution from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

2-1 West Ham.

A chance for Fabregas in the 72nd minute. A corner whipped in from Willian and an unsuspecting Fabregas headed the ball over the bar. He should have done better.

Fabregas with another chance just 2 minutes later. An acrobatic over-head kick from the middle of the box. The Spaniard unable to hit the target and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Chelsea pressing for the equalising goal, John Terry attacking the corner from Willian but he couldn’t keep the ball down and hit the target.

Chelsea looking likely to score but unable yet to produce the goods after 78 minutes of football.

West Ham tried to conserve their one goal advantage by staying deep and catching Chelsea on the counter attack. West Ham managed to win a corner and Andy Carroll forced a good save from Courtois.

After soaking up a lot of West Ham pressure, Chelsea find a counter attack in the 88th minute in which substitute Loftus-Cheek was brought down inside the box and won a penalty for Chelsea.

Fabregas stepped up to take the resulting penalty, a slight stutter in the run-up and he placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner, sending Adrian the wrong way. Calmly done by Fabregas.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham.

An exciting and very heated few last minutes in stoppage time with Chelsea fighting for the winning goal and West Ham hanging on to the draw.

The final whistle goes after 97 minutes of play with the scores level at 2-2.

 

CHELSEA - Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs – Randolph, Song, O’Brien, Oxford, Emenike, Carroll, Obiang

Manager – Slaven Bilic

 

Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea were great value for their 1-0 lead at half time. They grew in confidence as the half progressed and a fantastic goal from Traore in the 39th minute saw them in at the break with the lead.

Chelsea began the second half as they finished the first, lots of possession and attacking runs in the Stoke City half. Stoke struggling to compete and contain the Chelsea front men.

After 10 minutes of the second half, Stoke managed to get a little bit of possession and were trying to claw their way back into the game. They passed the ball around well, looking for some space around the Chelsea box. The ball eventually found its way to Shaqiri, he hit the ball well but Courtois was equal to it and tipped around his left hand post.

Instantly at the other end, Chelsea went on a counter attack after Muniesa lost the ball. Willian travelled well and hit the ball from a tight angle, forcing a good save from Jack Butland.

After 70 minutes had passed, Chelsea still kept up the high pressure and always looked threatening when going forward.

The 74th minute saw a Willian free-kick from 30-yards fizz passed Jack Butlands right hand post.

After some Stoke pressure, in the 85th minute Diouf finds himself in the box with a good header and a mistake from Courtois see’s the ball fly into the Chelsea net.

Chelsea looked comfortable for the most part but Couldn’t keep Stoke City out.

The game finished 1-1

 

 

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An exciting Champions League tie between PSG and Chelsea. The game saw both teams attacking well but PSG controlling the game in terms of possession overall. The game finished 2-1 in favour of PSG and a well deserved win for the French side.

The first half saw Chelsea struggle to gain possession in the opening 20 minutes, but then the game seemed to even itself out.

There was plenty of attacking at both ends but with no end results until PSG won a free kick on the edge of the Chelsea 18-yard box in the 38th minute. Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the free kick which he blasted towards goal, the ball took a big deflection off the Chelsea wall and inadvertently sent Thibaut Courtois the wrong way and the ball nestled in the opposite corner.

Chelsea stayed strong and came back at PSG. The London club won a corner in the dying stages of the first half and the ball, whipped in by Willian, found itself at Mikels feet who did well to strike the ball into the PSG goal to equal the scoreline going in at the break.

The second half started in the way that the first half finished, both teams looking forward to attack and take it to the opposition.

Diego Costa latched onto a through ball from Willian in the 49th minute but the one-on-one chance was saved by the keeper.

The first chance for PSG came in the 51st minute as Ibrahimovic strikes the ball from the right side of the area at a tight angle only to be saved by Courtois.

PSG constantly found space as the game went on, passing the ball around an ever tiring Chelsea team. PSG found it very easy to make the pitch as big as possible, forcing Chelsea to chase the ball down with high intensity.

A chance came for Lucas Moura in the 61st minute as the ball got played through and Moura hit the ball hard towards goal but Courtois stood up big and stopped the ball well.

PSG very nearly took the lead again in the 64th minute after a scramble in the box and the ball was fired forward but a number of Chelsea players managed to block and scramble the ball to safety, not for long though as PSG regained possession and attacked the Chelsea defence yet again.

The 66th minute saw Pedro commit a foul with a high foot and get booked. The free kick on the edge of the Chelsea area, taken by Di Maria, forced a good save from Courtois.

A goal from nothing for PSG in the 78th minute. A calm build up from the French side and a fantastic lobbed pass from Di Maria into the path of PSG substitute Edinson Cavani who easily strokes the ball through the legs of Coutois from a tight angle on the right hand side of the box.  A well deserved lead for PSG after a lot of attacking pressure.

A late chance for Ibrahimovic at the back post but Courtois was able to put him off and get the ball clear.

The first leg ends 2-1 and PSG have the lead going into the next leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea struggled in terms of possession and fitness towards the end of the game and PSG managed to make them pay with a goal late in the game to take home the victory.

 

PSG - Trapp, Marquinhos, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Motta, Verratti, Matuidi, Di Maria, Ibrahimovic,  Moura.

Substitutes – SiriguKurzawa, Van der Wiel, Stambouli, Rabiot, Pastore, Cavani.

Manager – Laurent Blanc

 

Chelsea - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Costa.

Substitutes – Begovic, Miazga, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Traore, Remy.

Manager – Guus Hiddink

 

Yellow cards

PSG – Ibrahimovic, Moura, David Luiz

Chelsea – Mikel, Pedro

 

Referee – Carlos Velasco (Spain)

 

Venue – Parc Des Princes, Paris, France.

 

 

 

 

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Former Chelsea player Juan Mata stayed behind after the final whistle to embrace every Chelsea player. This  gesture made by the man of the match in the game between Chelsea and Manchester United shows how classy the man really is.

The 2-time Chelsea player of the year showed just why the Chelsea fans still love him.

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Tonight the Blues meet Watford at Vicarage Road on a dark, cold Wednesday night.

Chelsea decided not to give Eden Hazard the start off the back of his first goal in 29 matches against MK Dons on the weekend. And chose to start with Mikel and Matic in behind the roaming Fabregas and Oscar out wide on the left hand side.

With the first half an hour largely dominated by Watford, who had plenty of possession in the Chelsea half, but only able to create half chances, most notably through Etienne Capoue who thundered a strike straight at Courtois.

Just past the half hour mark Chelsea had their first chance of the half. As a lovely long ball from Oscar found Diego Costa in space, all on his own with two defenders to beat he managed to get a left foot strike deflected just past Gomes’s left-hand post.

Watford went on to dominate possession for the rest of the half, the Blues will look to up their tempo in the second half if their going to get anything from the game.

The second half commenced in the same fashion with Chelsea looking laboured on the ball and no real tempo in their passing. The first real chance fell to Watford’s left-back Holebas who is in for on loan Chelsea star Nathan Ake, after neat build up play he drove his shot into the side netting. Soon after Costa found some space down the left hand side and squared it to Oscar who was under huge pressure from the Watford defence and poked it wide. Following this Chelsea managed their first shots on target both from long range and both parried by Gomes.

On the 72nd minute fan favourite Hazard was introduced for Nemanja Matic and created the best chance of the match with a great through ball for Ivanovic to latch on to only for his shot to be saved fantastically by Gomes.

Chelsea finally started to put the pressure on in the closing stages, with Hazard at the heart of it again, looped a ball across the Watford box for Costa to slide the ball in to the side netting. Just five minutes later Willian whipped in a superb ball for Costa to get his head to only to be stopped by a sensational save from Gomes, who’s been on great form tonight.

The game finishes 0-0, after a poor performance from the Blues they will need to improve massively in order to get a result against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Chelsea and MK Dons kicked off their 4th Round replay at Stadium MK this afternoon.

Chelsea started by far the brighter side with some excellent chances to take the lead. After fantastic build up play from Hazard, Oscar tees up Diego Costa to force a reaction stop from Martin at point-blank range. This was followed by more great build up play and forced countless saves from Martin. This continued until the 15th minute when Diego Costa intercepted a back pass to feed Oscar to slide the ball into an open net and make it 1-0 to the reigning Premier League Champions.

The Blues looked well on top and deserving of their lead with 20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek firing straight at Martin from close range. This was before a long range strike from Potter took a huge deflection from Matic to loop in over Courtois and make it 1-1.

Hazard broke free just a few minutes after the equaliser one-on-one with Martin only to see his shot saved onto the post. Soon after, Baba Rahmen quickly broke in behind the Dons defence to pass the ball across goal only for Costa to take it off of Oscars toes and poke the ball wide for what would’ve been a simple finish for the Brazilian.

With Chelsea well on top and finding huge gaps in the Dons midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek found space between the midfield and defence to play the ball in behind for Oscar to smash the ball across Martin’s goal for the Blues, to make it 2-1 just after the half hour mark. Just before half-time Oscar bursts down the left wing to cut inside on to his right foot and drove the ball into the net to complete a brilliant first half hat-trick and give Chelsea a well deserved 3-1 lead.

Within 10 minutes of the restart a Hazard makes a driving run down the left wing, only to be brought down with referee Jonathan Moss having no choice but to point to the spot. And Hazard duly stepped up to slot home his first goal in 29 matches for Chelsea. Soon after the hour mark Hazard was at it again, after a brilliant ball in behind the MK Dons defence, found the Belgian in space for him to pick out the recently introduced Bertand Traore to place the ball in to the back of the net and make it 5-1 to the Blues.

A great performance from the Blues as they continue their unbeaten run under Hiddink and cruise into the 5th Round of the FA Cup.

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