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Guardian - Sun Mar 4 8:27 PM
Belgian playmaker trudged a lonely path, a caged bird in a No 10 shirt, as reigning champions were beaten despite adopting an ultra defensive approach With 89 minutes gone at a drenched, slightly woozy Etihad Stadium Eden Hazard was taken off, bringing to an end an afternoon spent chasing fruitle...
Guardian - Sun Mar 4 8:27 PM
• Chelsea manager says remarks on Sky Sports were ‘stupid’ • Redknapp called Chelsea’s display a ‘crime against football’ Antonio Conte branded the Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville “stupid” after they described Chelsea’s display in their 1-0 defeat by Manchester City as “anti-fo...
Guardian - Sun Mar 4 6:34 PM
By the time it was all done, with Manchester City easing 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, it was difficult to remember that it was actually the team wearing the darker shade of blue who could legitimately call themselves champions of England. For City, that honour is just a...
Guardian - Sun Mar 4 3:16 PM
Updates from the 4pm GMT kick-off at the Etihad Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea still miss Matic and Costa Vincent Kompany: ‘I don’t want our level to drop’ And email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.13pm GMT Kante’s absence will be extremely debilitating for Chelsea, for this of all matches; City have o...
Guardian - Sat Mar 3 10:43 PM
City captain revels in team’s form under Pep Guardiola but urges team-mates to maintain their current intensity, starting against Chelsea Everyone at Manchester City seems to have been playing the numbers game over the past week. Pep Guardiola reached his 100th game in England, the 3-0 victory at...
Guardian - Sat Mar 3 7:19 PM
Antonio Conte’s 3-5-1-1 formation, partly a result of dissatisfaction with the replacements for Matic, has played a big part in the club’s decline If there was a moment when, symbolically at least, last season’s title race tipped decisively the way of Chelsea, it came 12 minutes after half-time o...
Guardian - Fri Mar 2 10:48 PM
• City Manager urges players to improve for Sunday’s visit of Chelsea • Antonio Conte is a master of tactics, Guardiola says Sixteen points clear at the top of the Premier League, a first trophy in England and two consecutive 3-0 defeats over Arsenal in London and still Pep Guardiola is not happy...
Guardian - Fri Mar 2 10:40 PM
• Coach bemoans lack of support from Stamford Bridge hierarchy • ‘When you have money to spend, you can have a successful season’ Antonio Conte has expressed doubts over whether Chelsea share his ambitions as head coach and has pointed to Manchester City, Sunday’s opponents at the Etihad Stadium,...
Guardian - Fri Mar 2 2:47 PM
Rafael Benítez has never lost in five meetings against Liverpool as manager of Valencia, Chelsea and Newcastle United but it will require something special to preserve that record beyond Saturday. Liverpool have scored more goals and won more home games against Newcastle than any other team in th...
Guardian - Thu Mar 1 11:11 PM
• Midfielder on loan at Crystal Palace feels knee pain • Palace without 11 first-team players for Manchester United game Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s hopes of proving he merits inclusion in England’s World Cup squad have been dealt another blow after the midfielder suffered discomfort in a knee after his...
Guardian - Wed Feb 28 10:00 AM
Today’s nonsense has cold feet All good things must come to an end, and so too must Marouane Fellaini ’s career at Manchester United. Even José Mourinho accepts now that he cannot delay the inevitable this time and is preparing to bid a tearful farewell to the towering Belgian this summer, when,...
Guardian - Tue Feb 27 12:26 PM
• Alessandro Costacurta planning talks with Conte • Former Italy defender in charge of selecting next manager Chelsea’s manager, Antonio Conte, is Italy’s top choice as national coach. “I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best, ” the Italian football association’s v...
Guardian - Mon Feb 26 12:00 PM
• Belgian has scored 22 times for Manchester United this season • Goal against Chelsea was his first against a top-six side for United Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves more respect, with the Manchester United striker pointing to his consistent goalscoring record throughout his career. Lukaku st...
Guardian - Mon Feb 26 8:59 AM
Today’s tell-all loves an early-morning blast of Siberian air The future of Robert Lewandowski has become the subject of much speculative chitter-chat in recent days, after the Bayern Munich striker dispensed with the services of his longtime agent Cezary Kucharski and jumped into bed with Pini Z...
Guardian - Mon Feb 26 8:20 AM
England hopefuls have a mixed afternoon, confusion for Serge Aurier and Romelu Lukaku finally does it against a top-six team The weight of goals that Sergio Agüero has scored against Arsenal, with Sunday’s strike a fifth in five matches, should have raised Shkodran Mustafi’s awareness of the Arge...
Guardian - Mon Feb 26 12:01 AM
Antonio Conte had a frustrating day as his side failed to take their chances before Jesse Lingard took his for Manchester United Credit where it is due: José Mourinho’s sometimes dour tactics do occasionally produce results. This was a big one for Manchester United, who had to come from behind af...