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Kevin de Bruyne was the man who condemned Chelsea to the second season defeat tonight.

The Belgian was the match-winner with an amazing shot half-way in the second part.

Citizens deserved the three points, having tried harder than Chelsea to reach them, especially in the second halfhalf, where Conte’s team was literally outplayed.

The Blues lost Morata, who was repacled by Willian and missed a chance to score after a few minutes, in the middle of the first half – probably a hamstring injury- and, apart of a couple of chances, never gave the impression they could overcome City.

If Chelsea didn’t suffer a worse defeat it is mostly thanks to his defenders, who were under pressure the entire game and only surrended to. De Bruyne’s amazing goal.

Eden Hazard was probably Chelsea most dangerous man, with a couple of chances saved by City’s keeper Ederson, but it seemed too lonely in the middle of the attack, especially after Morata left the pitch.

Willian, Fabregas and Bakayoko’s performances were heavily disappointing, with Kante who couldn’t do his usual job in the midfield, having been left alone.

Man City are now top of the table again with 19 points, along with Manchester United who won 4-0 over Crystal Palace today, while Chelsea sit fourth with 13. Spurs are third with 14,having beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 this afternoon.

 

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Chelsea grab a last second win in Madrid with a goal by Michy Batshuayi in the Champions League clash against Atletico.

The Colchoneros took the lead in the end of the first half thanks to a penalty transformed by Antoine Griezmann but, after risking to concede the second goal a couple of times, were able to equalise with Alvaro Morata, who scored with a header after a perfect cross by Eden Hazard at 60′.

Cesc Fabregas failed the chance of the 2-1 after two minutes and Atletico pushed to find the winner but it was found by Chelsea instead, with Michy Batshuayi netting the ball on an assist by Marcos Alonso on a great play after a free-kick. The referee blew the final whistle right after the goal, since it was scored in the last second of the injury time.

Chelsea are now leading Group C table with 6 points, Roma follow in second place with 4, while Atletico sit third with 1 point and Qarabag are bottom place with 0 points, after losing to Roma for 2-1 this afternoon.

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Chelsea win 5-1 on Nottingham Forest in League Cup third round and go through the next stage.

Antonio Conte chose to rotate many players and gave chances to Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi and Caballero, with Eden Hazard starting his first Chelsea game of the season.

The first three took the chance they got tonight with great displays and they all scored: the Brazilian winger netted the opener ( 13′) the Belgian striker scored an hat-trick ( 19′, 53′, 86′) and Musonda ( 40′) scored the third goal in the end of the first half.

Forest only goal was scored by Dyer at 90′.

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Chelsea beat Everton at Stamford Bridge and get their first home win of the season, following the 2-3 defeat against Burnley.

Antonio Conte‘s men controlled the game, while the Toffees struggled to create chances in a tough first half. In the second period Chelsea conceded some chances but Everton couldn’t find the net.

A comfortable Sunday for the Blues, who are now 5th on the league table with 6 points in 3 games.

THE GOALS – Cesc Fabregas and Willian linked up from a free-kick before Morata assisted his teammate, who broke the deadlock with his right foot into Pickford’s bottom right corner after 26′.

Then Alvaro Morata himself raised the score with a brilliant header: the ex-Real Madrid striker reached a brilliant cross from Azpilicueta, raising and scoring from a close range.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Rudiger; Moses (Christensen 89), Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata (Batshuayi 78), Pedro (Bakayoko 75).
Unused subs Caballero, Tomori, Kenedy, Musonda.
Scorers Fabregas 27, Morata 40
Booked Moses 76, Azpilicueta 88

Everton (3-5-1-1): Pickford, Keane, Williams, Jagielka (c) (Lennon 83), Holgate, Sigurdsson, Davies (Besic h/t), Gueye, Baines, Rooney, Sandro (Calvert-Lewin 62).
Unused subs Stekelenburg, Martina, Kenny, Lookman.
Booked Gueye 9, Rooney 71

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 41,382

 

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After the signing of Alvaro Morata another Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi, shouts out for attention: the Belgian scored a brace in the friendly game against Arsenal played in Beijing today, a clash that the Blues won 3-0.

The opener was scored by Willian after 40′, Batshuayi scored the first of his two goals after a couple of minutes and completed his brace in the beginning of the second half, at minute 49.

Chelsea dominated the game, with Arsenal having a couple of chances only in the first half when the score was still on 0-0.

Conte started with this formation Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.

Pedro was forced to leave the pitch after 20′ after a clash with Ospina that left him concussed, he was replaced by Jeremie Boga, who was one the best players of this game.

In the second half Caballero entered for Courtois, and in the last twenty minutes there was space also for Remy, Baker, Tomori, Kenedy, Pasalic, Scott, Kalas and Christensen.

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Chelsea beat Everton 0-3 at Goodison Park and are back 7 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who will face Arsenal in North London Derby today.

Pedro, Willian and captain Gary Cahill all scored in the Blues’ crucial win against a strong side. Everton went close to scoring several times in the first half before Pedro’s stunnin striker gave Chelsea the lead.

Chelsea (3-4-3):  Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz ( Ake 81), Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro ( Fabregas 81), Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 84).
Unused subs: Begovic, Zouma, Chalobah, Batshuayi
Scorers Pedro 65, Cahill 78, Willian 86
Booked 
Cahill 34, Azpilicueta 39, Diego Costa 59, Hazard 74

Everton (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Holgate, Williams, Jagielka (c), Baines; Gueye, Davies, Barkley; Valencia (Kone 71), Lukaku, Calvert-Lewin (Mirallas 71).
Unused subs: Barry, Pennington, Lookman, Kenny.
Booked 
Calvert-Lewin 37, Valencia 57, Gueye 77

Referee Jonathan Moss

Chelsea Pedro Everton

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Chelsea are again 7 points clear at the top of Premier League table after beating 4-2 Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were leading the game after a frenetic first half: Oriol Romeu‘s from a few yards out responded to Eden Hazard, who scored giving Chelsea the lead after only 5′. In the last action of first half Blues‘ captain Gary Cahill put his side back in front with a header, while Diego Costa was trying an overhead kick right in front of him.

Picture from SkySports HD
Picture from SkySports HD

In the second half Diego Costa scored twice securing Chelsea an easy victory, stained by Ryan Bertrand‘s header in the extra time of the second half. Both Saint’s goalscorers had previously played for Chelsea: Romeu left Stamford Bridge in 2013 while Bertrand started his career with the Blues in 2006 leaving the club in 2014 to join Southampton.

Antonio Conte gave Chelsea legend John Terry a late cameo at 86′: the Blues’ centre-back make his first appearance since February 18, replacing Victor Moses.

Diego Costa scored his 50th Premier League goal for Chelsea tonight and is now level with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, who scored 19 goals this season so far.

Chelsea (3-4-3):  Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses (Terry 86), Kante, Matic, Alonso; Fabregas (Pedro 76) Diego Costa, Hazard (Willian 89)
Unused subs Begovic, Ake, Chalobah, Batshuayi.
Scorers 
Hazard 5, Cahill 45+1, Diego Costa 53, 89.
Booked Kante 40, Fabregas 49

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Forster; Soares, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis (c); Ward-Prowse (Long 82), Tadic, Boufal (Redmond 68), Gabbiadini (Rodriguez 86).
Unused subs Hassan, Caceres, Hojbjerg, Clasie,
Scorers Romeu 24, Bertrand 90+4
Booked Romeu 60, Tadic 73.

Referee Lee Mason
Crowd 41,618

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Booked 
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Booked 
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea confirm to be unstoppable with a sharp win on Arsenal in one of the most important London derbies: 3-1 and the Blues hands that start to touch the Premier League trophy.

Conte’s side are now 12 points clear of the Gunners and Spurs, that still got one game in hand: 59 points to 47. A huge gap that is not easy to fulfill in fourteen games.

Arsenal started better and with more determination and after a couple of minutes they almost score with a Iwobi’s shot that, deflected, goes wide on the goal´s side, but it´s Chelsea to score at their very first occasion: Pedro runs down the right and executes a perfect cross for Diego Costa to attack. He meets it with a firm header but the ball bounces back off the crossbar, Marcos Alonso comes flying in with Bellerin and heads in goal from close range.

Bellerin remains down receiving treatment as he took a fair whack from the Chelsea full-back, who probably committed a foul. The French defender left the pitch after two minutes looking groggy, with Gabriel replacing him.

After some minutes Costa has the chance to net the 2-0, but his shot is wide. The Blues are in control of the game and try to close the game, but at minute 32 is Cech to stop Pedro’s attempt: it seems a signal for Arsenal, that play the last fifteen minutes of the first half with another spirit.

Courtois first makes an important save on Gabriel -almost- perfect header, then stops a shot from Ozil that could have done better after a fine combination between Coquelin and Walcott.

The first half ends 1-0 for the Blues, who enter the pitch in the second part with even more determination to seal the game and they succeed after eight minutes: a stunning goal from Eden Hazard, who dribbles past half Arsenal team after receiving the ball from Costa when he still was in his half of the pitch.

Probably the goal of the year so far, even if Arsenal defence could do better, with the Belgian player beating Cech with a lob when in front of him.

Arsenal, anyway, had a reaction in their worst moment, with Chelsea being dangerous on the break.

The Gunners replace Coquelin and Walcott with Giroud and Welbeck, who instantly made an impact but didn’t have many chances to be dangerous, with Ozil and Sanchez being clearly in a negative day.

Arsenal blow a couple of chances with a coupld of headers from Mustafi and Welbeck, the first one goes wide while the second is saved by Courtois.

Immediately after Willian and Fabregas replace Pedro and Hazard and after five minute the Spanish midfielder definitely seal the game with an impressive lob from outside the box after a mistake by ex Chelsea keeper Cech, who directs a short ball to his team-mate that is intercepted by the ex Arsenal captain.

A fantastic goal and no celebration for Fab who, at the end, was still a Gunner for eight years.

Consolation goal for Giroud at 90, with a great header on a cross from Monreal.

Chelsea leave the pitch triumphantly, knowing that now the job in the title race can be easier.

 

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The Anfield big match ends 1-1 but it feels like a win for Chelsea, because their closest rivals all drop points and the Blues increase their gap: in fact, Spurs leave Sunderland with a goalless draw while Arsenal lose 2-1 to Watford at the Emirates and now both teams are second with 47 points, with Chelsea still leading the table with 56, 9 points clear, that at this point of the season can be lost only with a [sport] suicide.

Chelsea could have won a game that Liverpool, anyway, played better if Diego Costa didn´t miss a penalty at minute 77: Mignolet’s save gave even more adrenalin to the Reds, that in the last minutes were even more convinced to get the three points, but the Blues stayed focused and showed their impressive tactical organization, especially in the defense.

Pedro even missed two more chances in a couple of counter attacks, but also Liverpool went close to score when Firmino missed a goal with a weak header, even if the Brazilian missed an even more clamorous occasion half way in the second part, when he sent the ball – really – high on the crossbar when he was alone in front of Courtois, this was just some minutes after Wijaldum’s equaliser, a beautiful header in one of the few occasions where Chelsea defence and Courtois didn’t seem concentrated and ready.

The Dutchman was also the protagonist of the first dangerous chance of the night, when he tested Courtois’ reflexes with a great shot after 11′.

Nothing much happened in the first part, until minute 25′, when Eden Hazard tripped Adam Lallana that pushed him down the floor: on the following free-kick, David Luiz found an incredible powerful shot that surprised Mignolet and took Chelsea to lead 1-0.

After a couple of minutes the Belgian keeper saved a ball coming from a Willian´s free-kick from the left.

Liverpool, anyway, put pressure on Chelsea for the entire game but Conte’s side showed again their great defensive skills and organization.

Despite the draw Chelsea still have a good gap from their chasers and after Arsenal’s defeat tonight they can even face Saturday’s derby with less pressure, even if a win from the Gunners would give them again faith for the title race, so Conte’s guys cannot underestimate this crucial game that, if won, can give them wings in their title’s pursue.

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