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Istanbul bound: City composed in 4-0 Real rout, as a pivotal three weeks now beckon

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Manchester...

Premier League champions Manchester City banished their demons from twelve months ago, avenging a painful collapse against Real Madrid with a 4-0 (5-1 aggregate) win over the Champions League holders on Wednesday, earning a date with Serie A giants Inter Milan for the Istanbul final on June 10. Five games in 20 days across three competitions between now and then, what’s next?
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Courtois’ inspired display – once again – proves a fitting end as Real clinch 14th CL title

Courtois Thibaut of Real Madrid elected man of the match kissing the cup during the UEFA champions league final match between Real Madrid and...

It felt fitting that, eight years after suffering stoppage-time heartbreak against Real with Atletico Madrid in Lisbon, Thibaut Courtois was Los Blancos’ impenetrable wall here, defiantly stifling Liverpool throughout – breaking the record for most saves in a Champions League Final with nine, producing greatness with the lights shining brightest on a career-defining night. Continue reading “Courtois’ inspired display – once again – proves a fitting end as Real clinch 14th CL title”

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Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid: Benzema hat-trick leaves UCL holders with mountain to climb

Karim Benzema,, player of Real Madrid, is celebrating the goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Chelsea FC and...

After conjuring up magic to save Real Madrid from the brink of elimination against PSG in the previous round, it was again Karim Benzema’s night – this time in west London – as two first-half headers and pouncing on Edouard Mendy’s early second-half mistake has now confined Champions League holders Chelsea to an unenviable second leg recovery mission on April 13. Continue reading “Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid: Benzema hat-trick leaves UCL holders with mountain to climb”

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Juventus 1-0 Chelsea: Chiesa the catalyst as ponderous Blues stifled in Turin

Federico Chiesa of Juventus celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Juventus and...

Federico Chiesa’s winner, 11 seconds into the second-half, felt inevitable after multiple warning signs were ignored but typified just how Chelsea – with their 73% possession and half-chances galore – laboured through proceedings in Turin. If Thomas Tuchel’s men are going to successfully defend their Champions League crown, they can’t afford more displays like these. Continue reading “Juventus 1-0 Chelsea: Chiesa the catalyst as ponderous Blues stifled in Turin”

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Kai Havertz seizes big moment as Chelsea seal second Champions League triumph

After an eventful first campaign in England packed with trials and tribulations, Chelsea creative midfielder Kai Havertz scored the Champions League-sealing winner overnight in the biggest game of his blossoming career to date – sinking Premier League champions Manchester City. Continue reading “Kai Havertz seizes big moment as Chelsea seal second Champions League triumph”

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Stefano Pioli: Fikayo Tomori has interesting qualities, but needs time to settle

Fikayo Tomori of AC Milan warm up prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 23, 2021 in Milan,...

After his loan deal from Chelsea was complete, centre-back Fikayo Tomori was named in Milan’s matchday squad but didn’t feature during their 3-0 home defeat by Atalanta over the weekend. His new head coach, Stefano Pioli, praised his intelligence and said the 23-year-old has interesting qualities, though a lack of training with them means he’ll need time to settle in Italy. Continue reading “Stefano Pioli: Fikayo Tomori has interesting qualities, but needs time to settle”

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Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points as Blades blast Blues into submission

The hosts soaked up pressure and eased to an excellent 3-0 win over Chelsea to open up the top-four race

David McGoldrick’s first Premier League goals proved pivotal as Sheffield United ultimately cruised to a 3-0 win over third-placed Chelsea – blowing this summer’s race for European football open again with three games left to play. What were five talking points as the Blues succumbed to another frustrating defeat here? Continue reading “Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points as Blades blast Blues into submission”

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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: 5 Hits and Flops

Liverpool players celebrate one of their goals in a must-win game against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool returned top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Chelsea yesterday, but which players struggled while others excelled at Anfield?  Continue reading “Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: 5 Hits and Flops”

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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Mane and Salah’s quick-fire goals sink wasteful Blues

Quick-fire goals in an action-packed second-half courtesy of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah sealed an important victory for Liverpool, who returned top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. Continue reading “Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Mane and Salah’s quick-fire goals sink wasteful Blues”

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Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: 5 Talking Points

Pogba celebrates his goal to double United's lead on the stroke of half-time

Here’s a look at five talking points as Manchester United earned a hard-fought 2-0 away win over Chelsea, to seal their FA Cup quarter-final place against Wolves next month. 
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Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: 5 Hits and Flops

Aguero netted a record-equaling hat-trick as Manchester City romped to a 6-0 thrashing over Chelsea

Manchester City’s emphatic 6-0 thrashing vs. Chelsea saw them return to top spot in the Premier League, but which players impressed while others struggled?

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