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Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Three things Antonio Conte got right

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Chelsea marched into the FA Cup Final with a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in a pulsating contest at Wembley yesterday. The Blues survived an onslaught from their London rivals, before being clinical with their own chances. These two are locked in a fascinating battle in the Premier League title race as well, with Chelsea currently 4 points ahead with 6 games left to play.

PL legend says Chelsea star is world's best in this role; £32m star outperformed Pogba last night

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In football circles, “bargain” usually refers to a player who has come on a free transfer, or in today’s super inflated times, someone who cost less than £15m.

It is a bit of an anomaly that N’Golo Kante, who cost Chelsea just around £32m has been the biggest bargain of the season.

English Premier League

Can Chelsea’s slip against Crystal Palace be exploited by title rivals?

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Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace still keeps them seven points above Tottenham, who sit in the second place, but considering they play Manchester City in less than four days, the end of the season may have some surprises for us in store.

This week will be massive for Chelsea as well as Tottenham, who sit in the second place.

Manchester United closely monitoring Roma defender

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Roma’s Kostas Manolas could be one of the hottest properties in the transfer market this summer. The Greek centre-back has been subject to huge interest in the past couple of years among Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

In October 2016, he rejected at extension on his contract in the Italian capital over wage disagreements.

Liverpool's scrappy win against Burnley could be vital in their chase for a Champions League berth

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As football clichés go, “winning ugly” is a severely overused one. On Sunday against Burnley, many said Liverpool “won ugly”; however, there is a certain respect for those who manage to do it in games, those who manage to grind out wins. Liverpool could hardly garner any respect for the display they produced.

Arsenal news: Gunners handed doubt boost ahead of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey have returned to first-team training. They are both in line for returns against Liverpool this Sunday at Anfield, the Telegraph reports. With two defeats in their last three Premier League games, the Gunners will drop out of the top 4 if they get beaten by the Reds.

Will Conte break Mourinho’s points record with Chelsea?

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Chelsea are on course to land their fifth Premier League title. Under Antonio Conte, they have had the most incredible campaign, going from 8th at the end of September to runaway leaders at the end of February. They are currently 10 points clear at the top, and even though Manchester City can close the gap to 8, the Blues are huge favourites.

Chelsea midfielder signs contract extension until 2021

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2021. The Blues reported the news via there official website today. The Nigerian has signed a two-year extension, after becoming a regular in the first team this season under Antonio Conte.

Moses’ future seemed destined to be away from Chelsea at the start of the campaign.

Leicester City sacking Claudio Ranieri is the sad reality of modern-day football

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The entire world seems to have united in support of Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The affable and cheerful Italian was liked and respected by friends and foes alike. It’ll take some effort to find someone that has a bad word to say about him.

Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal this season?

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There’s been a lot of banter among the Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans in recent times over whether London is red, white or blue respectively. North London though, has unequivocally been red. The Gunners have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons, and have all the bragging rights in the area.

Chelsea press conference: Antonio Conte addresses Paulo Dybala rumours

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Antonio Conte was his jovial yet furtive self in the pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.

Conte was spotted in Juventus’ 1-0 win over Inter last weekend, a day after Chelsea beat Arsenal. Even though it was Blues loanee Juan Cuadrado who scored the winner with an absolute screamer, there were rumours that the manager was in Turin to scout striker Paulo Dybala.

5 most improved players at Chelsea this season

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It’s been quite the turnaround at Chelsea Football Club under Antonio Conte this season. The Blues followed up their title-winning 2014/15 campaign with a 10th-placed finish last year, in a series of events which included the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese seemed very well settled at Stamford Bridge when in season started in August 2015, and looked to be in it for the long haul for the first time in his career.

Liverpool vs Wolves: 3 things we learned from Liverpool's shambolic loss

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Liverpool lost just two games at Anfield during the whole of 2016. They’ve already lost three in the first month of 2017.

A miserable one-week spell means Liverpool have managed to crash out of both the League Cup and the FA Cup, and from being genuine title challengers, are now 10 points behind league favourites Chelsea, who they face on Tuesday.

INFOGRAPHIC: Manchester United v Liverpool Stats, Quotes, Key Players

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Manchester United v Liverpool is not only one of the biggest games of the Premier League season, it is also seen as one of the biggest matches in world football – despite neither side having won the English top flight since the 2012/13 season.

The last title was won by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United four years ago, with the Red Devils now on their third manager since the legendary Scot retired.

Antonio Conte makes history, named Manager of the Month again

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has become the first man in the history of the Premier League to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on three consecutive occasions. The Italian was awarded the gong for December following his victories in October and November, the Premier League confirmed on their official website.

Will Arsenal drop out of the top 4 this season?

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Arsene Wenger may not be the most popular manager among the Arsenal supporters, but one proud record of his remains unblemished to date. Since the Frenchman joined the club in 1996, he has never finished outside the top 4 places in the Premier League i.e. the Gunners have qualified for the Champions League without fail (except in his first season, when Arsenal finished 3rd but only the top 2 qualified).

Bournemouth vs Liverpool: Reds are missing this player more than Coutinho right now

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Clichés exist for a reason. The phrase “goals win you matches; defence wins you championships” exists for a reason. On Sunday, Liverpool showed why saying they could win the evasive 19th league title was erroneous.

Liverpool’s performance against Bournemouth was a mix of good, bad and ugly, and in that order.

Arsenal's Southampton loss reflects broader issues of stadium switch

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As I watched Arsenal succumbing to a second-string Southampton side at a dreary and sparsely populated Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, my mind drifted back to a League Cup game from a decade ago.

It was a mid-week fixture between Arsenal and Wigan and it was freezing but the stadium was packed (aside from empty seats in the Wigan end) and the atmosphere frenzied.

Mourinho’s send off, Coutinho’s injury and other talking points from EPL action

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Coutinho injury means Liverpool’s chance to prove their title credentials is here

Liverpool managed to edge past Sunderland’s parked bus, which was very encouraging for the side. However, they were given a huge blow in the first-half itself as Philippe Coutinho suffered an injury and was taken off on a stretcher.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur preview: 3 key battles that could decide the game

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Mauricio Pochettino takes his troops to Stamford Bridge to take on the most in-form team in the league, Chelsea. Spurs are on an inconsistent run of form at the moment, and confidence won’t be high despite their dramatic late win against West Ham last weekend. In midweek, a loss to Monaco saw them eliminated from the Champions League.

Can Chelsea continue their winning streak against unbeaten Spurs?

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The fixture at Stamford Bridge last season between Chelsea and Tottenham Hostpur was one of the most fiercely-contested Premier League games in recent memory. On that fateful night in May, Eden Hazard scored a beauty late on to seal a comeback point for the Blues. More prominently though, that goal ended Spurs’ title challenge and Leicester City were crowned champions of England.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one poor player in the Chelsea team last season. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th place finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one single player in the Chelsea team last season who was poor. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th placed finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

Eden Hazard was the star of the 2014/15 title-winning campaign, picking up the PFA Player of the Year award for his performances.

Eden Hazard is back to his best, but can he lead Chelsea to the title?

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It’s unfair to single out one poor player in the Chelsea team last season. The entire group was below par, as the Blues slumped to a 10th place finish following the title win the year before. However, the fact remains that the expectations differ from individual to individual.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte’s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

Chelsea will beat Everton this week if they can win these three important battles

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Chelsea will look to keep their good form going when they take on Everton at Stamford Bridge in the late game on Saturday. The Toffees though, are in fine touch themselves and will fancy themselves to get something from the game.

Antonio Conte‘s men have gone 4 matches without conceding a goal, while scoring 11 themselves during that period.

These 3 signs prove that Jose Mourinho has lost his touch and is likely to fail at Man Utd

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It seems a long time ago that Chelsea were lifting the 2014/15 Premier League trophy after a season of utter dominance. At the helm sat Jose Mourinho, looking set for years of continued supremacy at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese was a darling in these parts, and he shared the same affection with the fans too.

Arsenal should be able to beat Tottenham this weekend because of this one vital reason

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Arch-rivals Arsenal and Tottenham take each other on in the Premier League this weekend. It will be a rather interesting clash, with one team doing well offensively, and the other struggling to find goals. Arsenal have scored 19 goals since October (in all competitions) while Spurs have only managed 5 in the duration.

Frank Lampard nominated for MLS award after blistering season

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Frank Lampard has been short-listed for the MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award, after a fantastic season with New York City. His fellow nominees are Kevin Molino and Chris Pontius from Orlando City SC and Philadelphia Union respectively. The award will be announced on November 16. Here’s the full list of nominations on the Major League Soccer (MLS) website.

Christian Benteke deserves this from Liverpool fans, Palace star likely to get it as well

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Liverpool fans might criticise Christian Benteke for not justifying his hefty 32.5 million price tag, but the one thing they could never question was the player’s professionalism. In a year marred with disruptions, Benteke went from the club’s first choice striker, to fourth. He was below Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and even Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.

One vital reason made all the difference as Chelsea managed to destroy Manchester United

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It was supposed to be an intense tactical battle with neither side giving anything away for free. Manchester United proved last week at Anfield that they could squeeze the life out of their opposition’s attacking threats away from home. On the other hand at Chelsea, Antonio Conte would emphasise on discipline and organisation after losing two big games already this season.

World class star wants to be at Emirates, Arsenal will have to do this to seal important deal

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In an all too familiar situation at Arsenal Football Club, the management is in discussions with one of the most important players in the squad over his contract extension. According to a recent interview by manager Arsene Wenger, an agreement with Mesut Ozil isn’t exactly on the horizon.

Chelsea will beat Leicester on Saturday if they can win these 3 vital battles

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Defending champions Leicester City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on the team they dethroned at the top last season, Chelsea. This will be the early kick off on Saturday. Neither team has been having the ideal campaign thus far, and both will be going for a victory in this one.

There will be several individual battles to watch out for, with proven match-winners on both sides of the pitch.

Liverpool vs Manchester United combined lineup: Reds' trio dominating attack, Martial misses out

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It’s always a massive tie when Liverpool and Manchester United meet and expect nothing else when the two big rivals from England clash in the Premier League game on Monday night.

Here is who makes our combined eleven based on form (injured players do not qualify).

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)

Liverpool’s goalkeeper situation is delicate right now with Loris Karius only returning to the thick of things recently.

Manchester United will beat Liverpool on Monday because of these 3 important reasons

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Liverpool are in absolutely compelling form, and would easily qualify as one of the toughest oppositions any team could face. However, when games carry the weight of passion, history, and downright animosity, form and everything else goes right out of the window. Since Liverpool secured an emphatic 3-0 win at Old Trafford in March 2014, the Reds have lost all four league showdowns with Manchester United.

Five talking points from the weekend’s Premier League games

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The Premier League is now seven games old, and even though things could change a fair deal, it is safe to make some assumptions right now. With the players now headed for an international break, here are five things we learned from the weekend full of Premier League football.

Tottenham are sustaining last season’s success

It would be pre-emptive to call them title challengers, but after last season’s terrific chase, Pochettino’s main aim for this season would have been to sustain that success and not let it be a one-off affair.

Swansea 1-2 Liverpool: 3 talking points from the Reds’ fourth consecutive win

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Liverpool came back from a goal down to win 1-2 against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in a game, that had all the suggestions that it would determine Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin’s future. Goals from Roberto Firmino and a late penalty from James Milner ensured Liverpool made it four wins on the trot and climbed to the second spot in the table (for now).

Spurs vs Man City: 3 Key battles that could decide the outcome of Sunday's Premier League game

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The Manchester City team faces Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, in a battle of the unbeaten teams in the Premier League. While Manchester City have won 6 out of 6 of their Premier League matches, Spurs have won 4 games, and drawn the other two.

In fact, City could have equalled Spurs’ record of 11 consecutive wins had they won against Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Brendan Rodgers’ side did the unthinkable and held the City to a 3-3 draw.

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Italy vs Spain: 3 key battles that could shape the World Cup qualifier

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Italy’s 2-0 win over Spain at Euro 2016 was the nation’s first in six encounters. However, that doesn’t matter now as it is now a new era for both the teams. The two sides meet again just four months later with new head coaches. Former Torino boss Giampiero Ventura replaced Antonio Conte, who took over Chelsea after the European Championship.