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EPL Talk - Mon Feb 19 9:20 PM
London (AFP) – Eden Hazard admitted he must show more on the Champions League stage for Chelsea if he is to justify comparisons to five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Hazard goes head-to-head with Messi when Barcelona visit Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their la...
EPL Talk - Mon Feb 19 1:01 AM
London (AFP) – Barcelona’s visit to Chelsea on Tuesday gives Antonio Conte the perfect opportunity to reaffirm his stature as one of Europe’s greatest coaches. “To play against Barcelona is a great challenge for us, ” Conte said after easing the pressure on his job with back-to-back home wins ove...
EPL Talk - Mon Feb 19 12:50 AM
London (AFP) – Chelsea and Barcelona renew hostilities in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday in what has become a European classic in five tempestuous meetings shrouded in controversy. Here, AFP Sports takes a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Cat...
EPL Talk - Sun Feb 18 5:55 PM
Madrid (AFP) – Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in La Liga on Sunday. It was another clinical performance from Diego Simeone’s side, who have now recorded four consecutive league victories, all without...
EPL Talk - Sat Feb 17 5:40 PM
Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating time at Chelsea, claiming he “did not have a good time” at the Premier League giants. The 24-year-old has been on fire since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, hitting five goals in just three games. The Belgian striker...
EPL Talk - Sat Feb 17 5:30 PM
Madrid (AFP) – Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were on target as Barcelona saw off Eibar 2-0 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten record in La Liga and extend their lead at the top of the table. Lionel Messi had a hand in both goals against an Eibar side who finished the match at Ipurua with 10 men...
EPL Talk - Sat Feb 17 1:05 AM
London (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte welcomed his selection headache ahead of a vital few weeks for the English champions after a much-changed side thrashed Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter finals on Friday. Willian was the star of the show with two fabulous strikes from outside...
EPL Talk - Fri Feb 16 11:28 PM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday. Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Cont...
EPL Talk - Fri Feb 16 10:36 PM
London (AFP) – Willian starred with two goals as Chelsea warmed up for a season-defining few weeks by easing into the FA Cup quarter-finals by thrashing Hull City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Friday. Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Chels...
EPL Talk - Fri Feb 16 2:35 AM
Madrid (AFP) – Before their Champions League clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua on Saturday. The modest 7, 000-seat ground in the Basque Country welcomes a Barca s...
EPL Talk - Tue Feb 13 8:45 PM
London (AFP) – Gary Cahill said he was “devastated” after Hull City and England midfielder Ryan Mason announced his retirement from football on Tuesday after failing to recover from a fractured skull caused by their accidental clash of heads. The 26-year-old was involved in a sickening collision...
EPL Talk - Tue Feb 13 3:10 PM
London (AFP) – Olivier Giroud is focused on nailing down a first-team place at Chelsea after a dramatic full debut against West Brom, during which he was forced to have five stitches for a head wound. The France striker, who moved from Arsenal for £18 million ($25 million) last month, impressed d...
EPL Talk - Tue Feb 13 12:45 AM
London (AFP) – Antonio Conte is relieved to have options again up front in Olivier Giroud and fit-again Alvaro Morata ahead of what the Italian says is a “massive” few weeks for Chelsea. Giroud’s touch set up Eden Hazard for the opening goal as Chelsea rolled over rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion...