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(...)

 Athletic  Bilbao’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga: has a release clause set at  €80 million with the Spanish side.  Photograph: Luis Tejido/EPA

Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who fail(...)

  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 Victor Moses celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game with team mates during their Premier League win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 The FA Cup may have assumed greater importance than Antonio Conte dared imagine at the start of the season but Chelsea are not gi(...)

Christian Eriksen celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

The difference between where Spurs and Chelsea are at right now was vividly illustrated by two moves in the second half at Stamford Bridge yesterday. (...)

Everton manager ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, with Mourinho. Photograph: PA

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has responded to Jose Mourinho’s jibe about match-fixing by labelling the Manchester United manager a “little man”. (...)

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(...)

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring his side’s late winner in the  Champions League  match against  Atletico at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid 1 Chelsea 2 “This is the right moment to understand where we are,” Antonio Conte had said on the eve of this game, and the answer he (...)

PSG have agreed a €155 million deal with Monaco for striker  Kylian Mbappe. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a €155 million fee with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe and personal terms with the player, but have yet to convince Uefa tha(...)

Alexis Sanchez could return to the Arsenal team for their Premier League trip to face rivals Liverpool as manager Arsene Wenger says he is unaffected by transfer rumours concerning the Chilean. Photograph: PA

Alexis Sanchez could return to the Arsenal team for their Premier League trip to face rivals Liverpool as manager Arsene Wenger says he is unaffected (...)

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