Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in action against Chelsea in the League Cup. Photograph: PA

There is, of course, no such thing as a sure thing. No guarantees, no certainties. Except, now and then, when there is. As Harry Kane stepped back fr(...)

 Chelsea Eden Hazard runs with the ball as Oriol Romeu (left) and  Maya Yashida of Southampton try to stop him during the Premier League  match  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Chelsea 0 Southampton 0 Maurizio Sarri said last Friday that he would not enter the January market for a new striker but on the day Chelsea announced(...)

Eden Hazard scores the opener for Chelsea at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Watford 1 Chelsea 2 A match of constant action and frequent error was decided by two goals from its outstanding performer, Eden Hazard often floating(...)

 Nathan Ake of Bournemouth battles for possession with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Bournemouth 0 Chelsea had hoped they might force passage into the semi-finals without calling upon Eden Hazard but, at present, they feel l(...)

David Luiz celebrates scoring Chelsea’s second against Manchester City. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty

Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0 Chelsea inflicted Manchester City’s first defeat of the season in a compelling contest at Stamford Bridge. Strikers were(...)

Eden Hazard and Chelsea were left frustrated by Everton. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Chelsea 0 Everton 0 Maurizio Sarri broke a Premier League record here with the extension of his unbeaten start as Chelsea’s head coach to 12 matches,(...)

Chelsea’s Ross Barkley scores his side’s second goal  against Manchester United to tie the game  2-2 in extra time. Photograph:   Adam Davy/PA Wire

There are times when you wonder whether the gods of football have almost too pronounced a sense of irony. Not content with a script that pitted an und(...)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is restrained by stewards after reacting to the celebrations from Chelsea’s second assistant coach Marco Ianni after Ross Barkley’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2 Ross Barkley scored a late equaliser as Chelsea drew 2-2 with Manchester United – leading to a touchline altercation wh(...)

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is beaten by Daniel Sturridge’s shot for Liverpool’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1 Daniel Sturridge’s stunning strike ensured Liverpool avoided a second defeat to Chelsea in four days in a 1-1 Premier League dr(...)

 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri  during the match against  West Ham at London Stadium. It ended scoreless. Photograph: Reuters/David Klein

Chelsea go into successive games against Liverpool this week having surrendered their perfect record under Maurizio Sarri, and with the head coach war(...)

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