Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge

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Name: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Date registered: September 28, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/aston-villa

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  1. José Mourinho hits back at Chelsea fans and Conte: ‘Judas is still No1’ — March 13, 2017
  2. Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: five talking points from the FA Cup tie — March 13, 2017
  3. Antonio Conte says trophy-winning experience fuels Chelsea’s title charge — February 25, 2017
  4. Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front — February 25, 2017
  5. Diego Costa’s scoring return shows Chelsea’s ‘great unity’, says Antonio Conte — January 22, 2017

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Mar 13

José Mourinho hits back at Chelsea fans and Conte: ‘Judas is still No1’

• Manchester United manager defends gesture at Stamford Bridge crowd
• Conte says ‘kicking Eden Hazard is not football’ after clash with Mourinho

José Mourinho hit back at Antonio Conte and a section of the home support by insisting “Judas is still No1” at Chelsea as Manchester United’s defence of the FA Cup came to a juddering halt at the hands of his former club.

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Related: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: five talking points from the FA Cup tie

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/13/jose-mourinho-chelsea-fans-conte-judas-no1-manchester-united

Mar 13

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: five talking points from the FA Cup tie

There is needle to the relationship between Antonio Conte and José Mourinho; goalkeepers may tempt Real Madrid; and N’Golo Kanté is a bargain

José Mourinho tends to single out those he considers threats and Antonio Conte, the permanent successor to his crown, is his target of choice. Having spent the buildup suggesting Chelsea play a more defensive style of football than under his stewardship, and that the Premier League leaders have benefited from a lack of European football, all that frustration that has simmered since the 4-0 humiliation here in October came pouring out. The pair do not know each other well but there is needle already to their relationship. The fourth official, Mike Jones, found himself sandwiched as they screamed at each other, an exchange which made Mourinho airing his post-mach complaint into the Italian’s ear back in the autumn feel tame. Conte had previously been unflappable all season. Mourinho has got under his skin.

Related: N’Golo Kanté sends Chelsea past 10-man Manchester United in FA Cup

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/13/chelsea-1-0-manchester-united-five-talking-points-from-fa-cup-tie

Feb 25

Antonio Conte says trophy-winning experience fuels Chelsea’s title charge

• ‘I’m lucky to have a lot of players who, in the past, won a lot of trophies’
• ‘I think we deserve to stay there,’ says Conte after 3-1 defeat of Swansea

Antonio Conte believes the trophy-winning experience in his Chelsea ranks could prove key to the leaders’ pursuit of a second Premier League title in three years after watching his team open up an 11-point lead at the top with victory over Swansea City.

Related: Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front

Related: Chelsea 3-1 Swansea City, Everton 2-0 Sunderland and more – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/25/antonio-conte-chelsea-trophy-winning-experience

Feb 25

Fàbregas and Pedro see off stubborn Swansea as Chelsea stay way out in front

Antonio Conte has grown used of late to knocking back suggestions the Premier League title is already all but Chelsea’s, though he will do well to maintain that facade of incredulity for much longer.

His side’s advantage gapes at 11 points after this victory, a win chiselled out against a much improved Swansea City. If the leaders crane their necks, squinting back over their shoulders, they might just make out the chasing pack massing on the horizon, but their threat is distant.

Related: Crystal Palace out of drop zone after Patrick van Aanholt goal sinks Boro

Related: Michael Keane makes amends for Burnley to rescue point at Hull City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/25/chelsea-swansea-city-premier-league-match-report

Jan 22

Diego Costa’s scoring return shows Chelsea’s ‘great unity’, says Antonio Conte

• ‘I hope with this game to finish the speculation about him’, says Conte
• Hull’s Mason suffers fractured skull in clash of heads with Gary Cahill

Antonio Conte seized upon Diego Costa’s goalscoring reintegration into the Chelsea team as evidence that the Premier League leaders are a side united, with his own decision to select the Spain striker wholly justified by the forward’s contribution.

Costa, omitted for the previous weekend’s victory at Leicester after complaining of back pain amid interest from Tianjin Quanjian to lure him to China, marked his 100th appearance for the London club with Chelsea’s opening goal to break Hull City’s stubborn resistance. Conte had been impressed with the 28-year-old’s contribution in training over the week and offered him an immediate return to the fold, to be rewarded with Costa’s 15th goal of a productive campaign just before the break.

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Related: Diego Costa on target as Chelsea extend lead to eight points with win over Hull

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/22/diego-costa-chelsea-unity-hull-city-antonio-conte

Jan 22

Diego Costa on target as Chelsea extend lead to eight points with win over Hull

For a figure as volatile as Diego Costa, there was something distinctly predictable about all this. The Chelsea striker had been offered an immediate return to the starting lineup here after an unsettling period marked by lower back spasms and Chinese whispers, and that absence at Leicester last weekend. Yet here he was departing four minutes from time, with the majority in this arena chorusing his name and Antonio Conte offering a thumped hand clap, as the man whose opening goal had deflated Hull and paved the way for an eight-point lead at the top.

Chelsea have no interest in selling their leading scorer this month, whether Tianjin Quanjian offer £80m or £150m. His long-term future can be addressed in the summer but, for now, reintegration almost feels complete, unless those back pains return with a vengeance. The forward was at his committed best here, working feverishly whether leading the line or dropping deep to assist his team-mates. Hull will take heart from their rugged resistance as they contemplate their battle against relegation, but the scriptwriters always had this down as Costa’s occasion. He did not disappoint.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/22/chelsea-hull-city-premier-league-match-report

Dec 31

Willian double sinks brave Stoke and extends Chelsea run to 13 straight wins

Chelsea have conjured numerous comfortable victories on their sprint to the top of the Premier League, but their 13th in succession was not one of them. The leaders have opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the table but, of all the teams they have confronted and overcome in recent weeks, Stoke City arguably pushed them hardest of all.

This was a gloriously frenzied encounter to see out the year, and one that was not truly claimed until Diego Costa crunched in a fourth goal as time ticked away, his magnificent finish prompting a wave of relief among the locals. There had been periods during the rat-a-tat of goals shared after the interval when the home side, usually so composed, had been distinctly unnerved, so it said much about the impact Antonio Conte has made at this club to date that self-doubt never crept in.

Related: Paul Pogba caps dramatic fightback to save Manchester United’s winning run

Related: Andre Gray grabs hat-trick as Burnley leave Sunderland floundering

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/31/chelsea-stoke-city-premier-league-match-report

Dec 11

Diego Costa strikes again as Chelsea go top with West Brom win

This was a slog, a result ground out against ruggedly obdurate opposition, but Chelsea may end up gleaning more satisfaction from prevailing in those awkward circumstances than from some of the more comfortable strolls they have enjoyed over a nine-match winning streak. The leaders have reimposed their three-point advantage at the top of the division, and ended West Bromwich Albion’s own impressive burst of form in the process. There is something relentless about Antonio Conte’s team at present and, since early October, no one has found a way of checking their progress.

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Related: Chelsea 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Premier League – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/11/chelsea-west-bromwich-albion-premier-league-match-report