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Rodgers: Reds Must Stay Grounded

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Boss Brendan Rodgers says it is important Liverpool keep their feet on the ground as they prepare for a huge game against Chelsea.
The Reds took another step closer to their first Premier League title as they defeated Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road, but Rodgers says they cannot get carried away.
England World Cup hopeful Raheem Sterling scored twice and Uruguay hitman Luis Suarez broke the 30-goal barrier as the Reds moved five points clear of Chelsea, who they host at Anfield next weekend.

Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Defeat, Home record gone and Liverpool take advantage.

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Chelsea headed into the game yesterday against Sunderland knowing that a win would take us top of the league and would have put real pressure on Liverpool. The complete opposite happened as Sunderland won 2-1, Jose Mourinho's home record is over and earlier this afternoon, Liverpool have beaten Norwich to take a five point lead with three games to go in the title race.

Tactical Review: Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland

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At the start of the game, the two managers were united in their view of the game as a must-win to avoid their Premier League plans slipping away....

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Top five conclusions: Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland

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1. 'Miracles happen, Gus' There was a banner among the Sunderland support that aptly read the above words. At the start of last week,...

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Sensational Palace in better form than Chelsea

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Sensational Palace in better form than Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Crystal Palace continued their majestic run of form with an away win at West Ham thanks toMile Jedinak's penalty. In their last eight games Pulis has seen his men record more points than Chelsea, with 16 compared to the "little horse's" 15.

OLD ENEMY FERGUSON WAS RIGHT

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Liverpool face Norwich City Sunday morning at
Carrow road, knowing that a victory there will leave the Reds within touching distance of the Premier League title.

With Sunderland having taken 4 points off our closest rivals Man City (draw) and a huge win at Chelsea on Saturday, surely the title is ours to lose now.

Why Arsenal must persuade Wenger to stay!!

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Is the glass half full? Only matters if you're thirsty by Zac Most articles start with a line like, I have been an Arsenal fan since I was knee high to Kylie Minogue or something along those lines. Well I am proud to say my first love is rugby league and my second is Arsenal. [...]

WATCH Jose Mourinho’s Bitter and Sarcastic Post-Match Press Conference After Loss to Sunderland [VIDEO]

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Chelsea suffered a major blow to the team's chances of winning the Premier League today after they lost 2-1 to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. The loss for Jose Mourinho was his first defeat in the Premier League in a game played at Stamford Bridge since 2004, snapping a 77-match unbeaten league record.

PHOTO: Fabio Borini celebrates his goal against Chelsea

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PHOTO: Fabio Borini celebrates his goal against Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea suffered a huge blow in the Premier League title race after losing out 2-1 at the hands of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

As a result of the defeat, Chelsea will go 5 points behind Liverpool, should the Reds win their match against Norwich tomorrow.

Saturday Ticker: Sunderland end Chelsea home unbeaten run; Atletico maintain lead; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sunderland were dead and buried.

Sitting 20th in the English Premier League with a trip to Stamford Bridge at hand, the Black Cats were up against a wall.

However, a late Fabio Borini penalty kick goal earned Sunderland a 2-1 win and all three points over title hopefuls Chelsea.

Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Three key observations as the Blues throw it all away

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Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Three key observations as the Blues throw it all away - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's assistant coach Rui Faira became the personification of every Blues fan's raging emotions when he completely lost it right after Sunderland's winning penalty at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Chelsea player ratings against Sunderland – Ramires poor, Matic brilliant

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Chelsea player ratings against Sunderland Ramires poor, Matic brilliant - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sunderland dealt a massive blow to Chelsea's Premier League title hopes as the Black Cats grabbed a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the late kickoff encounter on Saturday. Samuel Eto'o had earlier given the home side an early lead before Connor Wickham pounced on a Mark Schwarzer to restore parity.

Chelsea v Sunderland: Three points, top of the league and pressure back on Liverpool.

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This evening, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team have a chance to put huge pressure on Liverpool by beating Sunderland and moving top of the Premier League by a single point before Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow. Sunderland is as big as any other game we have played this season.

Take our title challenge that looked like being over with defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, take Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record in the Premier League and take current form into consideration and you would have this down on paper as a Chelsea win.

Moyes to fight Chelsea and Arsenal for €40m striker?

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Moyes to fight Chelsea and Arsenal for €40m striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Portugal a few days back to watch BenficabeatPorto3-1 in the semi-finals ofthe Taca de Portugal.

The Red Devils have been linked with several players from the Portuguese league over the past year, andwith the presence of Moyes in the stands, the Portuguese press have indulged in the non stop activity of linking players with Manchester United.

Arsenal boss right to snub Rodgers and Mourinho for PFA awards

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Arsene Wenger may well have been a strong candidate himself, if Arsenal had not let their title challenge slip in 2014, but the Frenchman does not seem too keen on the manager who does lead his team to the Premier League trophy winning it either, and I do not blame him one bit. And this [...]

Tim Sherwood, Massimiliano Allegri, and the Security of a Di Matteo Tenure

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Having taken over the helm at White Hart Lane following the amputation of the arguably malignant Andre Villas-Boas in December last year, the former England midfielder signed an 18 month deal to be Tottenham boss until 2015, but as it has transpired, the contract he signed brought with it as much security as a small wooden hut built on the side of a volcano.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the European season winding down, this weekend boasts a series of games with major title implications.

Starting in England, Liverpool look to hold on to their position atop the Premier League table when they travel to Norwich Sunday.

Five strikers who could solve Chelsea’s forward dilemma

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Five strikers who could solve Chelsea's forward dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the course of this season Chelsea's midfield has done a sterling job of covering up for the fact that their strike force has woefully under-performed.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have managed to muster just 16 goals in the Premier League between them, a figure that Liverpool's Luis Suarez has achieved almost twice over single-handedly.

Preview: Chelsea vs Sunderland

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Chelsea will be raring to beat the Black Cats knowing that Manchester City's midweek slip-up means that the title is back in their hands. Sunderland...

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Who should win the PFA Young Player of the Year 2014 award?

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Who should win the PFA Young Player of the Year 2014 award? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier league nearing its end, the awards season is fast approaching. The nominees for the PFA Player of the Year awards havebeen revealed today, with Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling fronting the Young Player of Year category.

Chelsea v Sunderland - YOU pick the Chelsea starting eleven!

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Make no mistake, the game against Sunderland tomorrow is as big as any we have played this season. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this to pick the Chelsea eleven to face Sunderland.

Now we have some things to consider before you reach your verdict. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for the first leg against Atletico Madrid and as we know by now, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are both ineligible having already played for Basel and Benfica in the Champions League this season.

On The Attack! Liverpool dominate PFA Player’s Player of the Year nominations

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On The Attack! Liverpool dominate PFA Player's Player of the Year nominations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The candidates for the PFA Player's Player of the Year award have been revealed, with six of the Premier League's top stars for 2013/14 set to battle it out for the coveted prize.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line up Against Sunderland

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line up Against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking to reclaim the top position with a victory.

The title race has taken a new twist after Manchester City lost their ground, following their 2-2 draw with the Black Cats on Wednesday night.

Title Race: Chelsea have experience, Liverpool have momentum

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Title Race: Chelsea have experience, Liverpool have momentum - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The already dramatic home stretch of the English Premier League 2013-14 took another sudden twist when Sunderland, defying all pre-game expectations, held Manchester City to a 2-2 draw midweek.

Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing €40m Serie A superstar

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Chelsea and Manchester United eyeing €40m Serie A superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli will listen to offers for captain Marek Hamsik in the summer, according to reports from Italy, with Chelsea and Manchester United both said to be interested in the Slovakian international.

Does Tony Pulis Hold the Key to the Premier League Title Race?

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Let's imagine, just for a minute, that Chelsea come away with a draw from Anfield on April 27. It's certainly plausible considering the Blues' league-high defensive record, and the irrepressible Jose Mourinho's knack of getting his tactics in the big games spot on.

Surely then, if the 'title decider' ends in a stalemate, Liverpool will coast to a first Premier League title since 1990, with Manchester City unable to affect proceedings directly following their crippling 3-2 defeat last weekend and the 2-2 draw against Sunderland last night?

Diego Costa Will Be Chelsea’s Catalyst And Premier League Box Office

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The worst kept secret this season has been Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's pursuit of Atletico Madrid's star striker Diego Costa. Reports have linked the Brazilian-born forward to the London clubsince before the January transfer window.

The main reason Costa hasn't moved sooner is because his loss would have been catastrophic to Atletico Madrid's current season.

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Borini and Assaidi Help Liverpool's Title Tilt With Late Winners Against Chelsea

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Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have grabbed the headlines for Liverpool this season, but Brendan Rodgers also has two of his other forwards to thank for his side's five-point advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi were both shipped out of the club on loan last summer after moving to Anfield a year earlier and, despite not playing for Rodgers' side this season, both have had their say on the title race with key goals against Chelsea.

REPORT: Terry must halve his wages to stay at Chelsea?

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According to a newspaper report this morning, John Terry will be offered a new contract to stay at Chelsea but, in order to do so, will have to halve his current (reported) £150,000 a week wages.

What can you say about Captain Fantastic? Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong and even more so this season.

Sunderland

Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland – Blues Old-Boy Borini Nets Winner As Wheels Come Off For Mourinho’s Men (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland Premier League 19th April 2014

What a dramatic game this was, with Fabio Borini, a former Chelsea youth player who is currently on loan from Liverpool netting the winner for Sunderland. That decisive goal, which saw Jose Mourinho suffer his first league defeat at Stamford Bridge ever came after a rather soft penalty decision, with Jozy Altidore standing on Cesar Azpilicueta's foot rather than the other way around.

Video: Chelsea mascot winds up Sunderland captain John O’Shea

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This cheeky Chelsea mascot did everything in his power to employ his own brand of pre-match mind games ahead of yesterday's defeat to...

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Football GIF: Ramires Swings Vicious Elbow Into Seb Larsson’s Face

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By Chris Wright

Okay, so it's not an elbow in the truest sense, but Ramires was unarguably an extremely lucky, lucky boy as he managed to avoid any punishment for openly clouting Sunderland's Seb Larsson in the face during Chelsea's 1-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Chelsea Assistant Rui Faria Loses it With Referee Mike Dean As Mourinho Pulls Him Away

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Jose Mourinho lost his first ever Premier League home game as Chelsea manager as Sunderland stunned them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, however it was Assistant manager Rui Faria who lost it following Sunderland taking the lead as he went bald headed at referee Mike Dean who failed to give Chelsea an first-half penalty while also letting Ramires away with an elbow to the face of Sebatian Larsson who had fouled him in the area.

Arsenal

Why Always Arsenal?

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These are some random barmy ramblings constructed in a hurry. I know that you journos, the ignorant, useless and even sinister lot, deserve a firmer and more careful bo**ocking, but that has to wait for another day.Beware!! We have taken this too long, we Arsenal fans are very hurt and feel deeply betrayed.

Why Always Arsenal?

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These are some random barmy ramblings constructed in a hurry. I know that you journos, the ignorant, useless and even sinister lot, deserve a firmer and more careful bo**ocking, but that has to wait for another day. Beware!! We have taken this too long, we Arsenal fans are very hurt and feel deeply betrayed.

A very short history of floodlit football

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"It is without question that first-class football by floodlight is both spectacular and enthralling. With vision fixed to the pitch that alone is illuminated, there can be no distraction at all to disturb or frustrate attention. There is an accentuated feeling of expectation and excitement, and the speed of the players and of the game itself is, or seems to be, increased.

Chelsea and Arsenal target to stay in Germany in the summer

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Chelsea and Arsenal target to stay in Germany in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow in their pursuit of Hamburg attacking midfielderHakan Calhanoglu as the German club revealed that they won't be selling their prized asset in the summer.

Is Wenger right that Arsenal get a rough deal from TV?

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Yet again Arsenal have seen their fixtures disrupted with just a few games to go in their fight for a Top Four place in the Premier League. Arsenal have had their game against Hull moved to Sunday, while Chelsea's game against Sunderland has been moved to Saturday to help our London neighbours to be fresher [.

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Can Liverpool lure €15m Chelsea target in the summer?

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Can Liverpool lure €15m Chelsea target in the summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League heavyweights have been keeping close tabs on several players plying their trade in Portugal at the moment.

We covered two days back that Liverpool scouts were present in Portugal to watch Benfica in action against Porto.

John Terry Scores Splendid ‘Head Tennis’ Golazo…Against Chelsea’s Under-8s Team (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Great build-up, great finish; not sure about the marking...

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