Dominic Fifield

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Name: Dominic Fifield
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/chelsea

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  1. Thibaut Courtois says loss to Burnley gave Chelsea timely wake-up call — August 21, 2017
  2. Departing John Terry urges Chelsea to spend big on their squad — May 28, 2017
  3. Chelsea may recall John Terry for Cup semi-final if Gary Cahill remains unwell — April 20, 2017
  4. Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois set to return in FA Cup semi-final against Spurs — April 17, 2017

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Aug 21

Thibaut Courtois says loss to Burnley gave Chelsea timely wake-up call

• Victory over Tottenham ‘good for the confidence’, says Blues’ goalkeeper
• Chelsea attempting to buy at least three more players in transfer window

Thibaut Courtois believes the shock of losing on the opening day against Burnley served as a wake-up call for Chelsea in their bid to defend the Premier League title, and the champions duly proved their pedigree with victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The win at Wembley has eased fears of a repeat of Chelsea’s last title defence which unravelled so spectacularly under José Mourinho in 2015. Antonio Conte, while still frustrated at a lack of progress in player recruitment, hailed his side’s spirit and character both in the second half against Burnley – when the hosts recovered to 2-3 despite being reduced to nine men – and with a depleted lineup against Spurs.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Related: Is ‘the Wembley curse’ fake news? – Football Weekly

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/21/chelsea-thibaut-courtois-tottenham-hotspur-wembley

May 28

Departing John Terry urges Chelsea to spend big on their squad

The former captain of many triumphs said the club need to invest heavily in the transfer market to compete in the Champions League

First rewind almost eight years to the day and John Terry had stood confronted by massed ranks of dictaphone wielding media, deep in the bowels of Wembley stadium, contemplating what Chelsea must do next. The names that had tripped off his tongue that afternoon were David Villa and Franck Ribéry, “the kind of players we want to attract, the best out there”, with the senior pros sensing the current crop might fall marginally short when it came to Europe.

A year on and, with the club having recruited only Yuri Zhirkov of note in the interim, the captain’s rhetoric remained steadfast. “The big four need to strengthen next year because everyone’s become closer,” he had said before the successful defence of the FA Cup which would complete Carlo Ancelotti’s Double in his first season in charge. The established quartet were coming to terms with Manchester City’s new financial strength and, this time, Chelsea would react. Ramires, David Luiz and Fernando Torres arrived over the next seven months for a combined £90m, an eye-watering outlay at the time. Two years later the team would lift the European Cup in Munich.

Related: John Terry can have successful managerial career, says Antonio Conte

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/28/departing-john-terry-urges-chelsea-spend-big-on-squad

Apr 20

Chelsea may recall John Terry for Cup semi-final if Gary Cahill remains unwell

• Cahill hospitalised for two days with illness
• Terry, Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake all in frame for a game

Chelsea fear they could be without their captain, Gary Cahill, for Saturday’s eagerly anticipated FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, with the England defender struggling to recover from an illness which has affected him all week and saw him hospitalised for two days.

Related: Tottenham hungry but Chelsea are FA Cup semi favourites, says Pochettino

Related: Has José Mourinho reminded Spurs how to beat Chelsea in the Cup at Wembley? | Jonathan Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/20/gary-cahill-chelsea-tottenham-fa-cup-semifinal

Apr 17

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois set to return in FA Cup semi-final against Spurs

• Basketball injury ruled Courtois out of defeat at Manchester United
• Antonio Conte unimpressed No1 was hurt on club’s commercial duties

Thibaut Courtois is confident he will be fit enough to feature in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday despite damaging his ankle while playing basketball at a Chelsea promotional shoot last week.

The Belgium international twisted the joint on Tuesday at an event organised by the Premier League leaders, and filmed as part of their commercial duties with the NBA. His team-mates Nemanja Matic, Marcos Alonso, Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic were also involved at the shoot, with Courtois understood to have landed awkwardly having jumped to catch a basketball.

Related: Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino fires early shot at ‘artificial’ Chelsea | Sachin Nakrani

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/17/chelsea-thibaut-courtois-fa-cup-semi-final-spurs-conte