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Conte says comments writing off Chelsea's title defence were dose of realism

Conte says comments writing off Chelsea's title defence were dose of realism

Antonio Conte maintained honesty is the best policy after standing by his assertion that Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race. The reigning champions’ boss had declared at the weekend that his third-placed Blues side were no longer in the running, with runaway leaders Manchester City opening up a 14-point gap over them after beating cross-city rivals United ...

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Antonio Conte stands by comments writing off Chelsea's title defence

Antonio Conte stands by comments writing off Chelsea's title defence

A frank Antonio Conte offered no apologies for writing off Chelsea’s title challenge, saying it would be “bulls**t” to suggest otherwise due to Manchester City’s awesome form. Less than halfway through the Premier League campaign the Italian had declared the Blues’ title defence over after Saturday’s defeat to West Ham, with unbeaten City opening up a 14-point gap on Chelsea ...

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Why are Premier League clubs afraid to attack Liverpool's rickety defence?

Why are Premier League clubs afraid to attack Liverpool's rickety defence?

Antonio Conte admitted after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool that Chelsea lined up to limit the host’s chances. He clearly valued a point at Anfield, where Premier League opponents have scored just twice this season. On the surface, Conte’s approach looked conservative at best. Two of Liverpool’s most dangerous players, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, were dropped to the bench. ...

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Matip reveals Klopp rocket sparked Liverpool defence into life

Matip reveals Klopp rocket sparked Liverpool defence into life

Critics have been lining up to take shots at Liverpool’s fallible defence but centre-back Joel Matip said it was only a verbal volley from manager Jurgen Klopp which registered with the players. The knives were out after last week’s woeful 4-1 defeat at Tottenham and the Reds boss felt the need to deliver a few home truths in the lead-up ...

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Gazidis launches aggressive defence of Arsenal's transfer policy at AGM

by Carlo Campo 50m ago Ryan Pierse / Getty Images Sport / Getty Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal‘s chief executive officer, did nothing to calm the Gunners’ supporters who are worried about the future and thirsty for change. Arsenal held its annual general meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, and Gazidis was heckled as he defended the Gunners’ spending and booed ...

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Mustafi's 6-week absence exposes threadbare Arsenal defence

Shkodran Mustafi is expected to miss around six weeks, adding to Arsene Wenger’s defensive woes ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford. Arsenal is already without Calum Chambers for at least another week, while vice-captain Laurent Koscielny will undergo a final fitness test on Friday to determine his availability. Left-back Sead Kolasinac, however, should shake off a hip concern. “I don’t ...

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Liverpool spoils excellent window by failing to upgrade defence

by Gordon Brunt 1h ago Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge There’s plenty reason for optimism over the crop of talent added to a Liverpool side that wasn’t short on scoring options heading into the summer. Transfer deadline day included yet another promising signing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s arrival, as the former Arsenal man becomes the latest offensive threat to join Liverpool ...

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LISTEN: ‘We have to be ready from the first game until the end’ – Chelsea star David Luiz confident ahead of Premier League title defence

David Luiz has told talkSPORT he realised a long-held dream by winning the Premier League title with Chelsea last season, and insists the champions cannot let their form drop as they look to defend their crown. The Blues stormed to the title last season, finishing seven points clear of London rivals Tottenham in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge. But ...

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Watch: Sanchez's stunning pass carves open Stoke defence for Ozil

Wenger questions Chelsea’s counter-attacking style, future success Wenger questions Chelsea’s counter-attacking style, future success epl 3d ago EPL | theScore

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How could United's injury-plagued defence shape up vs. Celta Vigo?

With Manchester United running out of time to crash the Premier League’s top-four party, Jose Mourinho’s only route to Champions League football next season could be via victory at the Swedish national stadium in Stockholm on May 24. For some, the Europa League is a booby prize recognising an ultimately unsuccessful push for England’s best quartet, and United certainly faced ...

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