Dominic Fifield

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas seeks FA Cup winner’s medal to replace one he lost

• Midfielder admits mislaying medal won with Arsenal in 2005 • ‘If you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is very special’Cesc Fàbregas will have an extra incentive to claim the FA Cup for a second time in his career after admitting he has mislaid his…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/18/chelsea-cesc-fabregas-fa-cup-winners-medal

Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo | Dominic Fifield

A year ago he was hailed as a genius for turning Chelsea from a shambles into champions, and yet today’s FA Cup final is expected to be his last game. What went so wrong, so quickly?Antonio Conte, clean‑shaven on the eve of the FA Cup final, digested t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/18/antonio-conte-chelsea-winner-lost-mojo-fa-cup-final

José Mourinho blames loss at Brighton on Manchester United bit-part players

Mourinho: ‘the players who replaced others did not perform’Manchester United manager says Brighton showed more desireJosé Mourinho has pointed to the disjointed displays offered by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as justification for their bit-part…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/may/05/jose-mourinho-blames-loss-at-brighton-on-manchester-united-bit-part-players

Talks may come too late to keep Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward at Crystal Palace

• Both players are out of contract in the summer and may leave• Roy Hodgson unable to negotiate while relegation a threatCrystal Palace are to hold talks with Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward next week to clarify their plans for the future, with Roy Hodgson …

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Leicester players appear distracted, concedes embattled Claude Puel

• Admission comes in wake of 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace• ‘Perhaps the players have the World Cup in their heads’Claude Puel has conceded that Leicester City’s players have appeared distracted over recent weeks, with results tailing off alarmingly …

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Mark Hughes primed for ‘huge game’ in Southampton’s survival bid

• Saints in desperate need of home win against Bournemouth • Hughes: ‘This is one of the biggest games of my career’Mark Hughes has described Southampton’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday as “huge” for the club and one of the most significant of h…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/27/mark-hughes-huge-game-southampton-bournemouth

Antonio Conte believes FA Cup will be much harder to win than last year

• Conte: ‘I don’t play to enjoy, I play only to win’• ‘Last season Chelsea missed a great chance to win it’Antonio Conte believes Chelsea passed up “a great chance” to win the FA Cup last season and will find success this year far harder to come by as …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/21/antonio-conte-fa-cup-chelsea

Tottenham are on the verge of something big, says Hugo Lloris

• Keeper says Champions League football vital for new stadium• Lloris says Dele Alli gave ‘best answer’ after England strugglesHugo Lloris believes “something big is waiting” for Tottenham Hotspur as the club seek to guarantee Champions League football…

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Chelsea fear massive cost of missing out on Champions League | Dominic Fifield

Missing out on club football’s most prestigious competition would hit revenue and hamper recruitment of new playersA harrowing home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday left Chelsea eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification places with seven m…

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Antonio Conte to consult Chelsea players on tactics for Barcelona return

• Eden Hazard likely to be spared false No 9 role this time• Olivier Giroud may be preferred to Álvaro Morata in attackAntonio Conte intends to consult his players over how best to overcome Barcelona on Wednesday, a move which should allow Eden Hazard …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/11/football-champions-league-barcelona-chelsea-antonio-conte

Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds ConteChelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this eli…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/19/eden-hazard-belgian-messi-chelsea-barcelona-antonio-conte-champions-league

Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for successThis is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s s…

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Antonio Conte: I’m a disaster when convincing Chelsea to buy players | Dominic Fifield

Manager reflects on Chelsea’s relative restraint in January by saying, ‘One way might be to stop improving the players I have’Antonio Conte has made clear his frustrations at Chelsea’s strategy in the January transfer window by admitting his powers of …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/11/antonio-conte-i-am-a-disaster-convincing-chelsea-to-buy-players

Antonio Conte challenges Chelsea to ‘prepare a statement’ of support

• Manager frustrated at continued speculation over his future• Ross Barkley becomes eighth player to sustain hamstring injuryAntonio Conte has challenged the Chelsea hierarchy to back him publicly and demonstrate they retain faith in his stewardship in…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/04/antonio-conte-chelsea-roman-abramovich-statement

Riyad Mahrez will not leave Leicester City in January, says Claude Puel

• Liverpool and Arsenal linked with moves for in-form playmaker• ‘He is happy with us. It’s important we keep our best players’Leicester City will resist selling Riyad Mahrez in the January transfer window, with the club’s manager, Claude Puel, impress…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jan/14/riyad-mahrez-leicester-city-claude-puel-liverpool-arsenal

Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

• London club frustrated by reduced ticket allocation for derby fixture• ‘We assumed good sense would prevail and it would be early daytime kick-off’Crystal Palace have expressed dismay at the decision to play their FA Cup third-round tie at Brighton &…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/08/crystal-palace-criticise-decision-evening-fa-cup-tie-brighton-and-hove-albion