Barney Ronay at Stamford Bridge

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Jürgen Klopp shows signs of strain at prospect of extreme late swing | Barney Ronay

The possibility of Liverpool’s season turning sour at its end seemed to prey on the mind of their manager at Stamford BridgeAs the final minutes ticked away in the glare of Stamford Bridge, Jürgen Klopp appeared to be stuck in a pose of oddly touching …

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Ray Wilkins given a fond farewell on a day for goodbyes at the Bridge | Barney Ronay

At Chelsea on Sunday, as at many other clubs over the weekend, it was all about Ray Wilkins. But in the background it was hard to avoid the feeling of change and uncertainty to comeFarewell, then, to all that. A rainy Sunday on the Fulham Road, a humdr…

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Dele Alli’s incision and touch of playground genius inspires Spurs | Barney Ronay

Tottenham’s visit to Chelsea began mundanely but by the end was a stage for Dele Alli to deliver two exhilarating goals brimming with imaginationThere was a fascinating moment towards the end of a slightly dull opening half-hour at Stamford Beige. Dele…

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Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo | Barney Ronay

The little genius changed the gravity of this tie with a piece of classic unforgiving skill to score his first goal against Chelsea, but until then the hosts had been a match for BarcelonaWith 11 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge Lionel Messi did his fir…

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Olivier Giroud the well-groomed, half-speed Costa, looks an ideal fit | Barney Ronay

The striker, signed by Chelsea from Arsenal in January, has a physical presence and is a good foil for Eden HazardSquint a little as Chelsea despatched West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge and at times it was as though the champions’ attack was doin…

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Cesc Fàbregas keeps calm amid the chaos to steer Chelsea towards a worthy win | Barney Ronay

Aided by the return of N’Golo Kanté, the Spanish midfielder stood out by doing what Manchester United could not: pass the ball with maturity, patience and craftAnd then there was one. With just over an hour gone at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United…

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Eden Hazard cameo shows Chelsea are too reliant on him for match-winning flair | Barney Ronay

Belgian forward comes on to give his side creative edge they had been lacking but too late to find a way through Arsenal in claustrophobic game of fine details

On a rowdy, bruising, enjoyably intense afternoon at Stamford Bridge Chelsea showed two sides to their game. First came the one that doesn’t involve Eden Hazard. For the opening 70 minutes of this 0-0 draw the champions were neat, focused, disciplined and aggressively blunt in their attacking rhythms, the gears a little gummed.

After which, in glimpses, they played the other version, the Hazard-remix, the one where Chelsea’s No10 provides a vital free radical element in Antonio Conte’s hard-running 3-5-2, somebody to see the angles between the angles, to create space rather than simply applying relentless physical pressure.

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