England’s Raheem Sterling gets  a yellow card from  referee Marco Guida after diving in the penalty area during a  friendly against Nigeria on June 2nd. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

England’s footballers are to be given a crash course in the new disciplinary rules being implemented in time for the World Cup amid concerns behind th(...)

  Antonio Conte: There had been fears of a parting with Chelsea even in the immediate aftermath of the title win last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Antonio Conte, clean shaven on the eve of the FA Cup final, digested the question, took a deep breath and then conjured a fresh analogy for an increas(...)

Chelsea’s Willian celebrates with teammate Gary Cahill after scoring against Crystal Palace during their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Will Oliver/Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea clung on to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge which will do little to boost the Blues’ fragile conf(...)

 Eden Hazard fires home a goal during the Premier League match against West   Brom at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea 3 West Brom 0 It was only when the third goal bulged West Brom’s net, as this contest drifted into its last quarter, that Chelsea could truly(...)

Chelsea’s Willian reacts after a missed chance during the FA Cup third round match against Norwich at Carrow Road. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0 Chelsea’s peripheral players failed to impress in a goalless draw at Carrow Road as Norwich earned an FA Cup third-round rep(...)

 Hector Bellerin scores a late equaliser for Arsenal in the Premier League game against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2 Arsène Wenger strode purposefully towards the fourth official, Craig Pawson. The Arsenal manager was a long way from his technica(...)

Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring for Chelsea against Stoke City. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Chelsea 5 Stoke City 0 Willian scored one and set up two more as Chelsea cranked up the pressure on Mark Hughes with a thumping 5-0 win over Stoke. (...)

Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu slides in to challenge  Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe during the  Carabao Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 1 Antonio Conte looked pained by much of this occasion, his celebrations at the end betraying relief rather than delight, thoug(...)

 Marko Arnautovic celebrates scoring West Ham’s winner against Chelsea. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

West Ham United 1 Chelsea 0 Marko Arnautovic’s first West Ham goal secured a 1-0 victory over Chelsea and a first win for manager David Moyes. Arnau(...)

Eden Hazard celebrates his equaliser for Chelsea. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Chelsea 1 Atlético Madrid 1 The Europa League awaits Diego Simeone and his side, victors in the semis here three years ago and the beaten finalists i(...)

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