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Manager Pochettino’s departure from Chelsea shocks ex-players

Manager Pochettino’s departure from Chelsea shocks ex-players

CHELSEA'S decision to part ways with manager Mauricio Pochettino surprised many former players who believe it could torpedo the club's endeavour to return to the top of the Premier League. Pochettino joined Chelsea ahead of the 2023-24 campaign after the club finished 12th in the previous season. The early months of the Argentine's tenure were far from convincing as the expensively assembled squad took time to gel, but a run of five straight wins in their last five league games lifted them to sixth place and secured European football. Former Chelsea player Craig Burley did not hold back on his assessment of…
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Madueke urges Chelsea to go all out in bid for European football

Madueke urges Chelsea to go all out in bid for European football

CHELSEA need to focus on what they can control and win their last three games of the Premier League season to put themselves in the best position to qualify for Europe next season, winger Noni Madueke said after their 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United. Chelsea's win on Sunday lifted them to seventh in the league standings with 54 points, overtaking Manchester United, who play later on Monday. The London club are two points behind Newcastle United in sixth place. Mauricio Pochettino's side next travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Brighton & Hove Albion on May 15, before ending their season…
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Pochettino’s Chelsea take ‘massive step’ after stop-start season

Pochettino’s Chelsea take ‘massive step’ after stop-start season

CHELSEA'S first back-to-back Premier League wins in four months suggest Mauricio Pochettino's young side is finally finding their feet as they chase what until recently had looked like an unlikely target of European competition next season. Sunday's 5-0 hammering of West Ham United - with Nicolas Jackson scoring twice - represented the second London derby victory in four days for the high-spending but inconsistent Blues, after a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday. It was the first time that Chelsea won two league games in a row since a run of three wins spanning December and January, and it…
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Chelsea coach fumes over African star’s penalty row

Chelsea coach fumes over African star’s penalty row

CHELSEA coach Mauricio Pochettino should have been beaming after his team destroyed Everton 6-0 but rather than celebrating Cole Palmer’s remarkable four-goal display he instead fumed about his players arguing on the pitch. Chelsea were leading 4-0 after Palmer's first-half hat-trick and a goal for Nicolas Jackson when they were awarded a penalty after Noni Madueke was tripped in the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Madueke and Jackson then wrestled each other for the ball as the referee awaited a VAR confirmation, with regular taker Palmer standing bemused alongside them. Eventually, captain Conor Gallagher had to intervene to shove the…
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Nine-man Spurs miss out on top spot in chaotic 4-1 loss to Chelsea

Nine-man Spurs miss out on top spot in chaotic 4-1 loss to Chelsea

TOTTENHAM Hotspur's hopes of returning to the top of the Premier League were dashed in extraordinary fashion as they lost 4-1 at home to Chelsea after a Nicolas Jackson hat-trick in a chaotic London derby that they finished with nine men. It was a triumphant return to Spurs for Mauricio Pochettino who got the biggest win of his short Chelsea tenure, though few could have imagined how it would be achieved on a mind-boggling night of VAR calls, hot tempers, disallowed goals and injuries. Previously unbeaten Tottenham went ahead after six minutes thanks to Dejan Kulusevski's deflected shot and minutes…
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Sterling stars as Chelsea secure back-to-back league wins

Sterling stars as Chelsea secure back-to-back league wins

CHELSEA secured back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since March after coming from behind to thrash Burnley 4-1. Looking to end a run of four successive home defeats on their return to the top flight this season, promoted Burnley raced into a 15th-minute lead, Wilson Odobert scoring his first goal in English football to stun the visitors. Chelsea offered little in response until Ameen Al Dakhil put through his own net in the most unfortunate circumstances three minutes before the break to get Mauricio Pochettino's team back level. Having failed to win in their last 19 matches when…
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Senegal forward Jackson joins Chelsea from Villarreal

Senegal forward Jackson joins Chelsea from Villarreal

SENEGAL striker Nicolas Jackson has joined Chelsea from Villarreal on an eight-year contract, the Premier League club announced. The 22-year-old played a vital role for Villarreal last season, scoring nine goals in the final eight matches and winning the LaLiga Player of the Month award for May. Jackson scored 12 goals in 26 league matches last term. He also made his debut for Senegal at the World Cup in Qatar, playing for 16 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands. Chelsea did not give any financial details but British media said they will pay 37 million euros ($40.38 million)…
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Mendy joins Saudi’s Al-Ahli from Chelsea

Mendy joins Saudi’s Al-Ahli from Chelsea

SENEGAL goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has left Chelsea to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli, the two clubs announced. "The Lion of Teranga protects our goal," Al-Ahli said in a Twitter post. Al-Ahli, who are making their return to the top-flight Pro League next season after a year in the second division, said Mendy's contract would run until 2026, without giving any financial details. British media reported that the Saudi club would pay around 16 million pounds ($20.24 million) for the goalkeeper. Mendy joined Premier League Chelsea from Stade Rennais in 2020 and the 31-year-old played a pivotal role as the London…
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Arsenal sign Germany forward Havertz from Chelsea

Arsenal sign Germany forward Havertz from Chelsea

ARSENAL have signed Germany forward Kai Havertz from Chelsea on a long-term contract, the Premier League club said. The transfer fee has not been disclosed but British media reported Arsenal will pay Chelsea 65 million pounds ($82.63 million) with an additional 5 million pounds in add-ons. "It's super exciting for me to be joining this amazing club and to be part of the Arsenal family. This club has such a big history, and I hope we can achieve lots of things," the 24-year-old told the club website. Havertz joined Chelsea in September 2020 from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he…
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Lampard says Chelsea need to learn to fight, and quickly

Lampard says Chelsea need to learn to fight, and quickly

WILLIAM SCHOMBERG CHELSEA interim coach Frank Lampard said he has to turn around the club's slump urgently before Tuesday's visit by Real Madrid in a Champions League quarter-final second leg, following the Blues' latest limp defeat. Lampard, speaking after a 2-1 home Premier League loss to Brighton & Hove Albion, said Chelsea - the 2021 European champions who are now stuck in 11th place in the Premier League - were displaying a worrying lack of desire and competitiveness. "At the minute, we are falling short on that and we need to turn it around quickly," said the former Chelsea midfielder…
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