Barney Ronay at Stamford Bridge

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Name: Barney Ronay at Stamford Bridge
Date registered: October 5, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/arsenal

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  1. Hero worship and mayhem mark John Terry’s exit as grand old man of Chelsea | Barney Ronay — May 16, 2017
  2. Mourinho’s cynical Eden Project falters at Hazard’s twinkling feet | Barney Ronay — March 13, 2017

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May 16

Hero worship and mayhem mark John Terry’s exit as grand old man of Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Chelsea’s captain has been little more than a motivational henchman this season but Stamford Bridge rose to honour a club legend for perhaps the final time

“It’s not going to be a fairytale ending,” John Terry had sighed shortly after announcing his own premature Chelsea exit in January last year. And yet here we were all the same 16 months later. With the league title already in the bag this messy, fun 4-3 win against a feisty Watford provided Chelsea’s departing captain with a farewell that had its own elements of dreamily staged celebration.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/may/16/hero-worship-john-terry-exit-king-chelsea

Mar 13

Mourinho’s cynical Eden Project falters at Hazard’s twinkling feet | Barney Ronay

Manchester United’s strategy was to shackle Chelsea’s main creative force by any means and Phil Jones could have been sent off before Ander Herrera was

Midway through a thrilling, slightly wild first half at Stamford Bridge Phil Jones could be seen bumping and jouncing into the back of Eden Hazard on the edge of the Chelsea box like a middle-aged man performing an aggressively drunken conga at the office party. As Hazard fell Jones also stood on his hand, no doubt balancing up the throb in Hazard’s right cheek, where Ander Herrera had left his shoulder a few minutes before.

The match facts will reveal that this 1-0 FA Cup quarter final victory was decided by N’Golo Kanté’s clinching goal just after the break, and nudged one way by the red card shown to Herrera towards the end of the first half. But it was fear of Hazard that dominated United’s game plan here, that dominated the active parts of this game, and which led indirectly to both these decisive events.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/13/mourinho-eden-hazard-chelsea-manchester-united-fa-cup