Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during his team’s win against Lille at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Lille 1 For Frank Lampard, it was not an occasion to fret about permutations. Chelsea did not have to worry about what was happening betwee(...)

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold scores his side’s first goal  during the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 A stirring effort from Chelsea was not enough to stop Liverpool from maintaining their pristine record at the top of the Premie(...)

 Chelsea’s Pedro celebrates after scoring at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: EPA

Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (Agg: 5-3) This was the Europa League’s attempt to replicate all the drama, if not necessarily the quality, of the Champion(...)

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga warms up at Stamford Bridge ahead of the  Premier League  match against  Tottenham Hotspur. The Spanish player has been dropped to the bench with Willy Caballero starting. Photograph:    Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Kepa Arrizabalaga was dropped to the substitutes’ bench for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham after his refusal to be substituted in Sunda(...)

Chelsea’s Ross Barkley scores his side’s second goal  during the  Europa League round of 32 second leg match against Malmö at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Chelsea 3 Malmö 0 (Chelsea win 5-1 on agg) Maurizio Sarri limps on, his tenure surely extended, at least, to a Wembley cup final this weekend and tha(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

 Alvaro Morata scores for  Chelsea in  the  Europa League Group L match against  Vidi FC at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Vidi FC 0 Álvaro Morata puffed out his cheeks and tried to muster a smile. He had provided the game’s decisive moment and his grateful team(...)

Antonio Conte: “They [Manchester City] did a great job on and off the pitch; they were very well prepared for the season. I like the way they improved the team and the squad.” Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea that Manchester City’s Premier League title victory can lead to them dominating English football in the coming years.(...)

 Chelsea’s Willian was the man of the match in their win over Hull City. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea 4 Hull City 0 Quite what the Barcelona scouts dispatched to this corner of south-west London to cast their eyes over next week’s opponents wo(...)

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