Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in typically animated form at Stamford Bridge last Sunday. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has again defended his touchline conduct, demanding he should be shown the same respect he has always shown others af(...)

Chelsea’s  Willian  celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the   Premier League football match against  Hull City and Chelsea at the KCOM Stadium. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Hull City 0 Chelsea 2 Diego Costa got Chelsea’s season back on track with a dominant second-half performance to sink Hull at the KCOM Stadium. The S(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring at the Emirates. Photograph: PA

Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0 Arsene Wenger reaches 20 years as Arsenal manager next week and during that time he will not have enjoyed many victories more tha(...)

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren scores past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois durng the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2 A statement of intent was delivered here by a team who aspire to play an active part in the title race, but it was not offered (...)

Diego Costa scored twice as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea. Photograph: PA

Swansea City 2 Chelsea 2 Diego Costa struck twice as Chelsea preserved their unbeaten Premier League record in a 2-2 draw at Swansea. Costa fired(...)

Darren Randolph made a number of key stops in Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Serbia. Photograph: Reuters

Republic of Ireland player ratings: 22 Darren Randolph (West Ham United) Rating: 7 Nice parry in the 23rd minute after shot got deflected off Colema(...)

 Daryl Murphy  scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbia 2 Republic of Ireland 2 The performance might be one that the fans will want to forget but the point that Ireland took at the Red Star stadium(...)

Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill during the Euro 2016  match against France  at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium near Lyon in June. The time and expense involved in travelling to Russia means it’s doubtful whether the tournament will attract international fans in numbers comparable to those that went to France. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

When Branislav Ivanovic was asked to describe the challenge he expects from Ireland tonight in Belgrade, he hit on some familiar themes. “They are ag(...)

 Martin O’Neill:  ‘No one will run away with this group. Every point will be valuable.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It is, he says, just another part of the team’s history now, but Martin O’Neill will be hoping to see his Ireland team show some of their Euro 2016 sp(...)

Serbian captain Branislav Ivanovic at a press conference in Stara Pazova yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As part its ongoing campaign to get the people behind their national team, the Serbia FA will give out about 10,000 tickets to this evening’s game to (...)

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