Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas gestures during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley.  Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Burnley.After three years in Barcelona, Fa(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Burnley during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Burnley 1 Chelsea 3 It turned out to be a deception. Burnley had taken the lead and, briefly, their supporters might have dared wonder whethe(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side’s first goal  during a pre-season friendly at Stamford Bridge The club are pinning their Premier League title hopes hopes on  the former Atletico Madrid man hitting  the back of the net regularl in the season ahead. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Given a ball has not been kicked and around 500 players are yet to appear in any of the 380 Premier League matches that will unfold across the next 10(...)

Germany’s coach Joachim Löw   during a training session in Rio de Janeiro  ahead of their 2014 World Cup Final  against  Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Joachim Löw wants Germany to make history in the Maracana on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.After their 7-1 demolitio(...)

 Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker  celebrate their team’s second goal in extra time during the  World Cup. Photograph:   Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-fi(...)

Germany’s Andre Schurrle scores the first goal in extra-time against Algeria in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Germany 2 Algeria 1 (after extra-time) Germany got there in the end. It had not been pretty for much of the first half and it was a war of attr(...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA. 1:25

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

Germany’s Marco Reus lies injured on the pitch during the international friendly between Germany and Armenia at the Coface Arena in Mainz. Photograph:  Thomas Eisenhuth/EPA

Germany’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury sustai(...)

Frank Lampard of Chelsea acknowledges the crowd after the scoreless draw with   Norwich City at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:   Clive Rose/Getty Images

CHELSEA 0 NORWICH CITY 0In the end this result may actually have put paid to both these side’s lingering hopes this term. The Chelsea team returned to(...)

Andre Schurrle: “I’ve learned so much from Mourinho.” Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Andre Schurrle has claimed “everybody” at Chelsea believes they can win a Champions League and Premier League dou(...)