Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores the winning penalty. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (2-2 on aggregate, Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties) It had to be Eden Hazard. This had been billed as the Belgian’s fina(...)

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi scores their third goal during the  Europa League round of 16 first leg  against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0 This was the kind of breeze of a tie Maurizio Sarri must crave. Chelsea, a club who have endured such a cluttered schedule fo(...)

Maurizio Sarri: “We are one point from the top four, on the same as Arsenal, and [people say] Arsenal are doing well,” said Sarri.  Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Maurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appearance in th(...)

 Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri  watches his team progress in the Europa League on Thursday night. Photograph: Reuters

After the tumultuous week he has endured, you cannot blame Maurizio Sarri for taking just about anything right now. Three days on from his side’s meek(...)

Paul Pogba was named man of the match in Manchester United’s win over Chelsea. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

On nights like this it makes no sense at all to think a manager would not search high and low for the key to Paul Pogba and then turn it to the fulles(...)

Chelsea’s Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri gestures on the touchline during  his side’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal  at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The story is so familiar that it tells itself automatically: a manager stung by defeat turns on his players and accuses them of lacking the human qual(...)

Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their second goal in the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0 Alvaro Morata scored twice as FA Cup holders Chelsea advanced with a 2-0 third-round win over Nottingham Forest at Stam(...)

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring in the Europa League game against  Bate Borisov at the  Borisov Arena in  Barysaw, Belarus. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Bate Borisov 0 Chelsea 1 For Chelsea this was mission accomplished, perhaps not convincingly but still with plenty to spare. Maurizio Sarri’s team re(...)

Chelsea celebrate Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s third goal against BATE Borisov. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists hat-trick hero Ruben Loftus-Cheek must sharpen up defensively to secure more Premier League football. Blues midfi(...)

Chelsea’s  Ruben Loftus-Cheek scores his hat-trick goal  during the Europa League Group L match against Bate Borisov at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:   Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Chelsea 3 Bate Borisov 1 If it is possible to advance claims for a Premier League place by helping to suppress severely limited opponents, then Rube(...)

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