Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will renew acquaintances at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Mauricio Pochettino’s patience wore thin at suggestions that he, perhaps more than most managers plying their trade in the Premier League, may best kn(...)

Eden Hazard of Chelsea. The club  are confident he will eventually sign a new deal. Photograph:  Getty Images

Chelsea intend to resume contract talks with Eden Hazard in the new year aimed at extending his stay at Stamford Bridge. However, the player is appare(...)

Antonio Conte: “We are building to try and create a good foundation to support [us] not only for the next season, but for many years.” Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Antonio Conte has offered context to Chelsea’s imminent title success by claiming that their nearest challengers, Tottenham Hotspur, are “more advanc(...)

 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during  a press conference on Monday.  “We want it to become a great season, a fantastic season.” Photograph:  Reuters/John Sibley

Antonio Conte would consider winning the Premier League title this season with Chelsea as the greatest achievement of his managerial career to date, w(...)

Alan Pardew: under pressure at  Crystal Palace following six defeats in seven games. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Alan Pardew has received public backing from his chairman at Crystal Palace, Steve Parish. But the manager will go into the critical fixture at Hul(...)

Adam Lallana: “Hopefully he will do well enough to get the job on a permanent basis.” Photograph:  Dave Howarth/PA

Adam Lallana has urged the English Football Association to formalise Gareth Southgate’s appointment as England’s full-time manager so the team can be(...)

 Arsenal substitute Olivier Giroud  celebrates with Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin after scoring the first of his two goals  against  Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.  Photo:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Olivier Giroud hopes to stake a claim for greater involvement at Arsenal by impressing on his first start of the season against Ludogorets Razgrad to(...)

 Jamie Vardy in action during  an England training session  at Stade du Bourgognes  in Chantilly, France. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Jamie Vardy is expected to postpone any decision over whether his future lies at Leicester City or Arsenal until after the European Championship, effe(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic: will relish the challenge of a big night at  StamfordBridge. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Chelsea’s Champions League knockout stage adventures have rarely been anything less than gruelling. From the cod-ideological struggles with Barcelo(...)

Crystal Palaces defender Joel Ward heads home the winning goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP

Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2 In the end there were examples all over the pitch. Linger on former Republic of Ireland international Damien Delaney, once(...)

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