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EPL Talk - Sun Oct 22 1:14 AM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte insists he does not fear the sack after Chelsea eased the mounting pressure on their manager with a gutsy 4-2 win over Watford. Conte’s position has been under growing scrutiny following a dip in the champions’ form in recent week. Back-to-back Premier League defeats...
EPL Talk - Sat Oct 21 3:10 PM
London (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi stepped off the bench to inspire Chelsea’s fightback as Antonio Conte’s side eased the pressure on their manager with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Watford on Saturday. Conte’s position has come under scrutiny after back-to-back Premier League defeats and claims of...
EPL Talk - Fri Oct 20 6:10 PM
London (AFP) – Watford manager Marco Silva has called for more of the self-belief his high-flying team showed in their win against Arsenal when they face “favourites” Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Hornets climbed to fourth place — one spot ahead of defending champions Chelsea — in t...
EPL Talk - Fri Oct 20 6:06 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday dismissed rumours of discontent over his training methods following successive Premier League defeats for the defending champions. Conte said Chelsea’s training loads are “70 percent less” than during last season’s Premier League-winning camp...
EPL Talk - Fri Oct 20 1:16 AM
London (AFP) – Manchester City will be aiming to continue their recent scintillating form when the free-scoring Premier League leaders host Burnley on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side are two points clear of second-placed Manchester United as they chase a first English title since 2014. While City...
EPL Talk - Thu Oct 19 1:50 AM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte took the blame for Chelsea’s failure to protect their lead in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League. Blues boss Conte opted to deploy Brazil defender David Luiz in midfield in a bid to solidify his injury-hit team. Luiz gave Chelsea the lead at Sta...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 18 10:45 PM
Paris (AFP) – Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won. Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cr...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 18 10:11 PM
London (AFP) – Eden Hazard came to Chelsea’s rescue after his side blew a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday. Antonio Conte’s team looked on course for a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to first half goals from David Luiz and Hazard a...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 18 11:00 AM
If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Chelsea vs. Roma, you’ve come to the right place. After a shock defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend, Chelsea will want to bounce back against Roma on Wednesday in their third game in the UEFA Champions League this season. Game: Chelsea vs. R...
EPL Talk - Tue Oct 17 4:46 PM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte says the injury problems that threaten to derail Chelsea’s season have been caused by his side’s increased workload. Conte’s team have lost their last two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Crystal Palace as the injury bug bites ahead of Roma’s visit t...
EPL Talk - Tue Oct 17 4:15 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso admitted Tuesday that the Premier League champions cannot afford to lose another match if they want to successfully defend the title. Antonio Conte’s side are lagging nine points behind leaders Manchester City after losing their last two league matche...
EPL Talk - Tue Oct 17 3:21 AM
Paris (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be looking to maintain their robust start to their Champions League campaign when they head to Benfica on Wednesday while Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertain Roma. Barcelona and Lionel Messi meanwhile play their first home match at the Camp Nou s...
EPL Talk - Tue Oct 17 2:05 AM
London (AFP) – Frustrated by his past failures, Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been urged to finally stamp his mark on the Champions League. While Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have cemented their legendary status with headline-stealing performances in Europe’s elite club competition,...
EPL Talk - Sun Oct 15 12:55 AM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte admits Chelsea are going through a “difficult moment” after the Premier League champions crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace. The loss left Conte’s side nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City and the pain was compounded by a hamstring injury t...
EPL Talk - Sat Oct 14 6:42 PM
London (AFP) – Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday. With second-placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at...
EPL Talk - Sat Oct 14 6:30 PM
London (AFP) – Wilfried Zaha returned to inspire bottom club Crystal Palace to their first win and first goals of the Premier League campaign with a shock 2-1 defeat of champions Chelsea on Saturday. Hodgson’s side finally broke their seven-game goal drought when Yohan Cabaye’s 11th-minute shot d...
EPL Talk - Sat Oct 14 4:24 PM
London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday. Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fa...
EPL Talk - Sat Oct 14 3:45 PM
London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Yohan Cabaye put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday. Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to...
EPL Talk - Fri Oct 13 3:51 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty. Kante was forced off in the first half of France’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last weekend and Conte expects...
EPL Talk - Fri Oct 13 2:05 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be sidelined for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty. Kante was forced off in the first half of France’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria last weekend and Conte expects him t...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 11 8:13 PM
Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas suffered a groin injury while on international duty with Costa Rica, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday. The European champions confirmed that Navas had a “swollen adductor muscle in his right groin” in a statement on their website, but did...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 11 5:55 PM
Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are planning a fresh assault on Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window, the Catalan club’s CEO Oscar Grau promised on Wednesday. Barca were thwarted in their attempt to prise Coutinho away from Anfield during the summer with Liverpool placing a re...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 4 6:12 PM
London (AFP) – Cesc Fabregas has admitted he threw the pizza that struck then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson in the infamous “Battle of the Buffet” 13 years ago. Arsenal, for many years locked in a titanic duel for Premier League supremacy with Manchester United, saw their 49-game unbeat...
EPL Talk - Wed Oct 4 3:35 PM
Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Veteran forward Tim Cahill on Wednesday said Australia were relishing the “cut-throat” challenge of beating Syria over two legs as they look to reach next year’s World Cup via the nerve-jangling play-offs. Australia’s record goal-scorer said the pre-match favourites wou...
EPL Talk - Tue Oct 3 6:21 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has set his sights on a quick return from the hamstring injury that forced him to pull out of Spain’s World Cup qualifiers. Morata was injured in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League defeat against Manchester City last weekend. The 24-year-ol...
EPL Talk - Mon Oct 2 12:35 PM
London (AFP) – Nemanja Matic says Manchester United fans have not yet seen the best of him as he has been forced to play catch-up following a disrupted pre-season. Matic joined United from Premier League title rivals Chelsea in the summer transfer window for £40 million ($53 million, 45 million e...
EPL Talk - Sun Oct 1 12:40 AM
London (AFP) – For Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s 1-0 victory at Premier League champions Chelsea was a sign that his team can now impose their style upon any of their title rivals. Accustomed to seeing his Barcelona and Bayern Munich sides laud it over all and sundry, Guardiola had a reality c...
EPL Talk - Sat Sep 30 10:32 PM
Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s poor week following Champions League defeat by Chelsea continued as they lost more ground in the La Liga title race in a 0-0 draw at modest Madrid neighbours Leganes on Saturday. But for a brilliant second-half save from Jan Oblak to deny Nabil El Zhar, Leganes co...
EPL Talk - Sat Sep 30 9:30 PM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte expressed optimism about the extent of the injury that curtailed striker Alvaro Morata’s involvement in Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Manchester City. Morata was substituted in the 35th minute of the game at Stamford Bridge and appeared to gesture to...
EPL Talk - Sat Sep 30 8:09 PM
London (AFP) – Match-winner Kevin De Bruyne came back to haunt former club Chelsea as Manchester City defeated the Premier League champions 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to reclaim top spot. De Bruyne, who left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in January 2014, struck from outside the box midway through...