Frank Lampard has to be pleased with his new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s start at Chelsea. Photograph: PA

Chelsea can go top of the Premier League today. It might be for a few hours only, and they need a lunchtime victory at Newcastle to do so, but it will(...)

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury during England training on Wednesday. Is this fixture calendar fair on player welfare? File photograph: Getty Images

England’s game against Iceland could be played in Albania because of a mutated strain of coronavirus found in Danish mink farms. There you are: a perf(...)

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the 2002 World Cup after their playoff against Iran in Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

1966 World Cup Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores the only goal of the playoff for the 1966 World Cup (...)

 Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his second goal at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool haven’t signed any quality attackers. Liverpool are overly reliant on their front three. Liverpool need a genuine centre-forward. All these(...)

Jurgen Klopp with his new signing Thiago Alcantara after Liverpool’s win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2 There was no chance of Jürgen Klopp lowering the volume, even when his brilliant team were closing in on a polished victory ove(...)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard knows his team will have to improve quickly to beat Liverpool. Photograph: PA

If title challenges are built on the ability to grind out scrappy 1-0 wins on the road, then Chelsea are not ready to catch Liverpool and Manchester C(...)

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva: The 35-year-old will decide on his future after PSG face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Chelsea are considering signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer, with the Brazilian defender set to make a decision on his future after Paris Saint-Ge(...)

Arsenal players react after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drops the trophy. Photograph: PA

Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1 Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again lit up Wembley as his brace ensured FA Cup final victory over 10-man Chelsea(...)

Willian scores Chelsea’s second against Watford. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/PA

Chelsea 3 Watford 0 Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley struck to sink Watford 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and limit Chelsea’s fall from the Premier (...)

 Andriy Yarmolenko scores West Ham’s winner despite the attempts of Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger in the Premier League at the London Stadium. Photograph: Michael Regan/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

West Ham 3 Chelsea 2 The day Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner officially became Chelsea ­players ended with Frank Lampard seeing that his side will conti(...)

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