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Frank Lampard and his Chelsea players after their penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

The first all-English Uefa Super Cup final served a dual purpose for Frank Lampard. Victory, he had considered beforehand, would not only etch another(...)

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina during their Copa America clash with Paraguay. Photograph: Yuri Edmundo/EPA

Lionel Andres Messi is 32 today. The little maestro made his Barcelona first-team debut at 16 so has spent half his life competing at the top level. H(...)

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during training at the Baku Olympic Stadium in advance of Arsenal’s Europa League final against Chelsea. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Europa League final: Arsenal v Chelsea, Olympic stadium, Baku, Wednesday, 8pm (Live on Virgin Media and BT Sport) For all the Europa League branding (...)

Arsenal celebrate Alexandre Lacazette’s goal against Chelsea in January. Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty

Transition is often a useful excuse for football clubs but in the case of Arsenal and Chelsea it happens to be true. The Europa League final will be a(...)

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(...)

 Gonzalo Higuain  scores Chelsea’s third goal during the Premier League match against  Watford  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Chelsea 3 Watford 0 This encapsulated Chelsea’s bizarre campaign of extremes. There had been heckles from the home support as the players retired at (...)

Eden Hazard: Real Madrid expect to complete the signing of the Chelsea star during the summer. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Maurizio Sarri has said he believes the Champions League is overhyped. The Chelsea boss concedes Europe’s top-tier competition remains the world’s pre(...)

 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’s Olivier Giroud during a press conference at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Ian Walton/PA Wire

Olivier Giroud will seek to leave Chelsea in the summer if he is not offered a guarantee of greater playing time, with the World Cup winner one of a n(...)

Marcos Alonso heads home Chelsea’s late winner against Slavia Prague. Photograph: Thomas Eisenhuth/Bongarts/Getty

Slavia Prague 0 Chelsea 1 This ended up a reminder of the resilience and ruthlessness Chelsea have tended to conjure on this stage. For almost the en(...)

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