Chelsea manager José  Mourinho says Nemanja Matic’s reaction was understandable as the tackle by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes  could have ended the Serb’s career. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

José Mourinho made an extraordinary appearance on television yesterday morning in which he accused Burnley’s Ashley Barnes of a “criminal” tackle on N(...)

Ben Mee’s late goal snatched a point for Burnley at Stamford Bridge. (Photograph: OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea 1 Burnley 1Chelsea’s troubled week ended in further controversy when Nemanja Matic was sent off as Burnley plundered a late 1-1 Barclays Premi(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s striker  Edinson Cavani  celebrates with  team-mate  Blaise Matuidi after scoring a goal during the  Champions League match  at the Parc des Princes  in Paris. Photograph:  Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

PSG 1 Chelsea 1For Chelsea, there was a measure of satisfaction but maybe a hint of exasperation too. They had struck first, courtesy of another new e(...)

 Chelsea’s Willian (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the winner against Everton  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Gerry Penny / EPA

Chelsea 1 Everton 0Every season, there are always the standout moments in the title race, when everything falls into place for the team that will even(...)

 Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with his team mates after scoring Chelsea’s winner in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2Branislav Ivanovic’s rocket gave Chelsea a crucial 2-1 win at Aston Villa — despite the hosts ending their 11-hour goal drought(...)

Loic Remy celebrates putting Chelsea 1-0 up agsinst Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. (Photograph: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA)

Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1Under siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Chelsea’s  striker Diego Costa (R) comes together with Liverpool’s  during the Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Jose Mourinho defended Diego Costa after the striker twice appeared to stamp on opponents during Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool which earned a place(...)

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic rises above the Liverpool defence to head home a goal in extra-time of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:   Nick Potts/PA

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0 (Chelsea win 2-1 on agg)There was a point here when the heat of the battle was becoming so intolerably high the two managers had(...)

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been out for almost five months with thigh and calf injuries. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to feature in Liverpool’s attempt to reach the League Cup final, at the expense of a Chelsea side Brendan Rodgers is i(...)