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WATCH: Trippier's horrendous own goal

Sky Sports - tor, 28/02/2019 - 01:12
Kieran Trippier had a moment to forget in Tottenham's 2-0 defeat by Chelsea on Wednesday, scoring a bizarre own goal.

Sarri addresses Arrizabalaga row after Chelsea's win against Spurs – video

Guardian - tor, 28/02/2019 - 01:05

Chelsea put a tumultuous few days behind them and a smile back on Maurizio Sarri's face as they revived their top-four hopes with a confident win over a stuttering Tottenham side at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri has been under immense pressure of late after his side's poor form and it seemed he was losing control at Wembley on Sunday when goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted at the end of extra time against Manchester City.

As a result Sarri said he decided to drop the 24-year-old from Wednesday's game to 'send a message to the group', but after the 2-0 victory over Spurs added that Arrizabalaga remains his first choice keeper.

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PL goals: Cheeky Mane, Lukaku double

Sky Sports - tor, 28/02/2019 - 01:00
Watch all the goals from the Premier League action, as Man City edged to victory, while Arsenal and Liverpool earned big wins.

WATCH: Does Kane attempt Azpi headbutt?

Sky Sports - tor, 28/02/2019 - 01:00
Harry Kane escaped punishment despite moving his head towards Cesar Azpilicueta after a melee in Tottenham's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Willy Caballero finally gets part to play in rolling soap opera at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

Guardian - tor, 28/02/2019 - 00:42

Stamford Bridge No 2 steps out for a rare appearance in a comfortable win for Maurizio Sarri’s improving team

You can’t even, you can’t even, you can’t even make a sub. It took half an hour from kick-off for the Tottenham fans to find the best joke to date about Chelsea’s latest psychodrama on the theme of authority and control.

And yet by the end that wheel had turned completely. It was instead the Chelsea fans who cheered their team and taunted the away support, after a performance of fire and purpose by a team that is constantly in the process of dying and resurrecting itself, west London’s own zombie FC.

Related: Pedro strike and Trippier howler lift Sarri and give Chelsea win over Spurs

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Poch unhappy at lack of shots

Sky Sports - tor, 28/02/2019 - 00:39
Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy with Tottenham's lack of firepower after failing to register a shot on target in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 27/02/2019 - 23:28

Tottenham’s title hopes took a serious blow at Stamford Bridge.

12.00am GMT

Related: Willy Caballero finally gets part to play in rolling soap opera at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

10.28pm GMT

Dominic Fifield was our man at Stamford Bridge. Here’s his verdict. Thanks for reading. That’s all, folks!

Related: Pedro strike and Trippier howler lift Sarri and give Chelsea win over Spurs

10.26pm GMT

Mauricio Pochettino also talks to BT Sport. “It was an even game. In some situations they dominate, in others we dominate. They had one shot on target and scored, we had zero and so it was impossible to score. And impossible to draw. It wasn’t a great game to watch. They have a lot of quality but it was an even game. It was a bad night for us. The north London derby is a tough fixture for us, and then we have the Champions League. It’s good when you win, win, win, so when you lose and lose it’s important to be calm.”

10.17pm GMT

Maurizio Sarri talks! “I think the performance was in line with the last one. But fortunately the result was different. The performance was really very similar to the one against Manchester City. Pedro is a very important player for us. He is dangerous, can score, but he is also good defensively and balances the team. I was sure before the match that the relationship with my players is very very good, and in the last month I think better. Caballero is a good goalkeeper with great experience. He is a great man and very important on the pitch and in the dressing room. We need consistency.”

10.07pm GMT

Willy Caballero speaks. “Of course we are happy. It’s a great result for us after the last game, and I think now we have to enjoy it, because every game for us is a lot of effort. We defended fantastically. Every victory is important, to be a little bit closer to Tottenham. We are behind a lot of teams but we will recover well. Always a clean sheet is a satisfaction. We spoke about what happened the other day, and the very good news is that Kepa was fantastic today, he supported me, and he learned, and we are improving as a team.”

10.02pm GMT

A poetic cry from the heart, courtesy of Dom CFK. “I must admit being a Spurs fan from a Spurs family breeds an odd kind of gallows fatalism, even in these more gallant times, so I’ve been expecting not only wheels to come off, but gaskets to be blown and engine blocks to explode in spectacular fashion. Like Grace Jones, pick the motoring metaphor for being shafted you prefer. But curiously for a while I’ve been wrong.

“However, something about the run of Burnley (suddenly OK after big doldrums), Chelsea (an exploding clown car of a club every day bar today no doubt) and The Arse (what week is it? well who knows) made my gut feel zero points from nine. And, especially with recent talk of title races and ‘cup finals’, I think it’s on.

9.58pm GMT

That’s a great result for Chelsea, who were by far the better team in the second half and thoroughly deserved their win. A great evening for Maurizio Sarri and the faultless Willy Caballero, too. The crowd celebrate accordingly. They’re still in sixth place on 53 points, but have a game in hand on fifth-placed Manchester United (55) and fourth-placed Arsenal (56). Worryingly for Spurs, who started the week thinking about the title, they’re now nine points behind leaders Liverpool, eight behind Manchester City ... and only four ahead of Arsenal. It’s going to be some north-London derby at the weekend!

9.53pm GMT

And that’s the final whistle! No big brawl this time, but Tottenham’s title hopes are now hanging by a very slender thread.

9.51pm GMT

90 min +3: Kane prepares to take a throw and gets into a childish tussle with Luiz. Both are booked for their playground nonsense.

9.50pm GMT

90 min +2: A throw for Chelsea down the right. Pedro links arms with Rose. He’s enjoying the tussle, laughing and smiling. Rose has a sense-of-humour failure and shoves him back. Not hard enough to warrant censure, but enough for the Chelsea crowd to give him a bit of stick.

9.48pm GMT

90 min +1: Rose has replaced Sissoko, by the way.

9.47pm GMT

90 min: There will be three added minutes. They can’t tick round quickly enough for Spurs, who just want to head back north.

9.46pm GMT

89 min: It’s difficult to work out who was more at fault, Trippier or Lloris. Should the keeper have hared out to the edge of his box to receive the backpass? Or should Trippier have looked up to see where his keeper was upon making it? Questions, questions, as we said all the way back in the preamble.

9.45pm GMT

87 min: Down the other end, Cabellero celebrated that second goal with great feeling. He’s done little wrong tonight. To think all eyes were on him at the start of the game, and now look what’s happened to poor Lloris.

9.43pm GMT

86 min: “It’s happened again. Tottenham Hotspur, it’s happened again.” Chelsea fans sticking in the knife and twisting hard, as Tottenham’s title challenge crumbles in farcical circumstances.

9.43pm GMT

The ball’s launched long. Giroud flicks it on to nobody. Trippier, under no pressure whatsoever, just needs to roll the ball back to Lloris. But his keeper has sprinted out to the edge of the box. Trippier’s backpass rolls wide right of the keeper, and trundles comically into the unguarded net. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

9.41pm GMT

84 min: Higuain is replaced by Giroud. Then ...

9.40pm GMT

83 min: Eriksen’s weak shot sails wide right. Cabellero was behind it all the way.

9.40pm GMT

82 min: Tottenham are threatening to lose the rag. Kane thinks about engaging with Rudiger, then Sissoko chest-barges Azpilicueta, who to be fair was getting up in his grille. They could do with keeping their heads as they look for the equaliser - and late winner - they’re so desperate for.

9.36pm GMT

80 min: Lucas Moura comes on for Son.

9.36pm GMT

79 min: Trippier crosses from a deep position on the right. He’s looking for Kane, lurking near the right-hand post, but Azpilicueta is on hand to shepherd the ball back to Caballero.

9.34pm GMT

77 min: Chelsea make their second change of the night. Kovacic is replaced by Loftus-Cheek.

9.34pm GMT

76 min: Kante backs himself in a footrace with Alderweireld down the right, knocking the ball into space and then tearing after it. He just about wins it, then flicks it inside for Pedro, who in turn flicks down the inside-right channel. Higuain would have been clear on goal, but didn’t quite read Pedro’s intention and found himself in the wrong place, the ball bouncing harmlessly away from him. Would have been a cute move.

9.31pm GMT

74 min: Trippier crosses again from the right. Llorente rises to compete, but Luiz slams a header clear.

9.30pm GMT

73 min: Trippier crosses from the right. The ball finds Llorente, eight yards out, level with the right-hand post. It’ll be half a chance if he can take it down, but he lets the ball ping off his knee and out for a goal kick. Very poor.

9.29pm GMT

72 min: Wide on the right, Pedro sends a speculative curler towards the top left. It’s not that far away. Willian then wins a corner on the opposite flank, though the resulting set piece is a waste of time. Chelsea are looking very comfortable right now. Spurs are doing nothing at all.

9.28pm GMT

70 min: And that’s Lamela’s last contribution to the evening’s entertainment. He’s replaced by Llorente.

9.28pm GMT

69 min: Spurs are looking very jittery at the moment. Sissoko has his pocket picked by Kovacic on the halfway line. Chelsea ping it around awhile. Lamela intercepts the ball, but then immediately falls over, skidding across the turf on his face. He even tries to smother the ball with his arms, in the hope of stopping Kante regaining possession, but can’t even achieve that. A slightly farcical episode.

9.24pm GMT

67 min: Sissoko toils to earn a corner off Luiz out on the right. Alderweireld rises highest to meet the set piece, but under pressure from Alonso, can only eyebrow a weak header miles wide left.

9.23pm GMT

65 min: This might not be Tottenham’s night. Davies crosses from the left. The ball’s dropping to Kane, on the left-hand corner of the six-yard box. It’s the sort of chance he slams home so often, but gets his body in the wrong shape and sends a soft volley squirting harmlessly left of goal.

9.22pm GMT

63 min: Lamela and Son shuttle the ball into the Chelsea box from the right. Son slips a pass left for Eriksen, who drops a shoulder to make space to shoot. From nowhere, Pedro comes in from behind and strips Eriksen of possession with a stunning sliding tackle! Pedro then dribbles away from the danger zone. Sensational defensive work from the goalscorer!

9.19pm GMT

62 min: Son threatens to dribble into the Chelsea box from the right, but he slows up and is quickly swarmed. Uncharacteristically ponderous play from Son.

9.17pm GMT

60 min: Hazard, who has been quiet tonight, makes way for Willian.

9.17pm GMT

59 min: Eriksen, mindful that Spurs need to do something if their title hopes are to stay alive, has a dig from distance. The shot bobbles harmlessly wide left.

9.16pm GMT

Hazard, to the left of the centre circle, spreads play to the right for Azpilicueta, who shuttles it further down the wing for Pedro. Pedro dribbles hard into the area, drops a shoulder to nick past Alderweireld, and slams a shot towards the bottom right corner. The pace surprises Lloris at his near post, the ball flashing through his legs and in. On the touchline, Sarri celebrates with great feeling.

9.13pm GMT

56 min: Spurs show in the Chelsea box for the first time in a while. Lamela dribbles down the inside left and chips into the centre, but Rudiger had taken the pace off the ball and it’s an easy claim for Caballero.

9.13pm GMT

55 min: Hazard drives fast and hard down the middle of the park. He’s got options either side, so Davies does extremely well to intercept just before Hazard can decide what to do. Hazard wanted a foul, but the ref’s simply not responsive to that sort of request this evening, so he might as well be whistling Dixie.

9.11pm GMT

53 min: Jorginho clips a cute pass down the inside-right channel to release Higuain, who sashays into the box, draws Lloris, and chips daintily over the keeper and into the net. But it won’t count; he went a split second too early, and the offside flag springs up. Lovely finish, though.

9.10pm GMT

52 min: It’s gone scrappy again. Luiz was a bit unhappy when Lamela clipped him late, but there wasn’t much in it and he didn’t get the foul.

9.08pm GMT

50 min: Hazard sends Kante scooting down the right with a fine crossfield ball. Azpilicueta is fed on the overlap. The resulting cross is too high for Hazard. Chelsea have seen plenty of the ball in Tottenham’s final third since half time, but it’s not quite firing for them at the business end.

9.05pm GMT

48 min: Chelsea have been on the front foot since the restart. Pedro dribbles down the left now, and is only just stopped from getting a shot away by the toe of Alderweireld. The ball breaks to Alonso, whose low snapshot is deflected away from danger.

9.04pm GMT

47 min: Alonso, still getting pelters, sprays a wonderful left-to-right pass towards Pedro, who dribbles into the area then lays off for Higuain. The striker crosses to the far post where there’s ... nobody. The ball bobbles out apologetically for a goal kick. The crowd groan in unison.

9.03pm GMT

46 min: No half-time changes, by the way. And it’s a fast start to the half as Higuain dribbles in from the left and pearls a shot from the edge of the box. Alderweireld blocks well.

9.02pm GMT

Chelsea get the second half underway. With Manchester United and Arsenal both currently winning, 1-0 at Crystal Palace and 3-1 at home to Bournemouth respectively, the hosts will be desperate to keep up in the chase for fourth place. They’ll need to improve if they want all three points ... but then again so do Spurs. “Something’s been missing,” agrees Matt Dony. “What this game needs is more Clattenburg.”

8.49pm GMT

Half-time entertainment.

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8.47pm GMT

Both teams have hit the frame of the goal. It’s nearly kicked off once or twice. Other than that, it’s been a relatively quiet match so far by Chelsea-Tottenham standards. Plenty of time left yet.

8.46pm GMT

45 min: Spurs have turned it up a notch. Son dribbles hard down the right, reaches the byline, and fizzes a low ball across the face of goal. Caballero fingertips it away from the lurking Kane. Chelsea eventually clear.

8.45pm GMT

44 min: Winks, 25 yards out down the inside-right channel, sends a spectacular looping shot over the fully extended Caballero and off the crossbar! That wasn’t far from dropping into the top left ... but had it been the necessary inch or two lower, the keeper probably had it covered. Though I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

8.44pm GMT

42 min: Kane takes matters into his own hands by driving in the old-fashioned style down the inside-left channel. He takes a whack from the edge of the box but his shot is deflected out by Azpilicueta. The resulting corner is played out to Davies by the left of the D; his cross clanks off his boot and out for a goal kick, nowhere near any player on the park.

8.41pm GMT

41 min: This match began in very entertaining fashion. It’s now descended into low-quality nonsense. Two-pass moves are at a premium, and neither set of fans sound particularly happy about it. An awful lot of groaning going on.

8.39pm GMT

39 min: Kovacic, out on the left, rolls a pass inside for Kante, who takes a shot from the best part of 30 yards. It flies harmlessly over the crossbar.

8.38pm GMT

37 min: Spurs slowly stroke the ball across the back. Chelsea eventually press, Pedro nicking the ball off Davies, but he’s penalised for some minor contact with the full-back. A wry smile spreads across his face.

8.36pm GMT

35 min: Chelsea haven’t done much in attack for a while, and the crowd have quietened accordingly.

8.35pm GMT

33 min: Sissoko shoots from the edge of the Chelsea box. It’s deflected towards Son, who has a go from a tight angle. His shot is blocked, but the ball sits up for Eriksen near the penalty spot. He slams it goalwards, but Caballero smothers excellently. That’s a save that’ll give him heart, though it wasn’t strictly necessary as the flag had gone up for offside against Son.

8.33pm GMT

32 min: Lamela slides in on a ponderous Jorginho. Chelsea bellow for a foul, but they’re not getting it, and soon enough Son is taking a shot from the right-hand corner of the box. It’s deflected off Luiz for a corner that comes to nothing. Chelsea were very unhappy about that non-decision; there had been a little contact. So much for calming everyone down.

8.31pm GMT

30 min: Something of a lull, which is probably for the best as a few tempers were beginning to get frayed. “I’m a Chelsea fan and I hate hearing our own fans booing Alonso,” writes Lee Madden. “What do they think they’re achieving by booing one of our own players? It’s not his fault he’s been picked and it’s hardly going to help the team.”

8.29pm GMT

28 min: Luiz bundles Son off the field out on the Spurs right. A free kick, and a chance for Chelsea to load the box. Trippier curls a fine ball towards Kane, ten yards out, but Caballero comes off his line to punch clear with great purpose. Rudiger becomes collateral damage, caught in friendly fire, but that was good keeping, and the defender’s soon back up anyway.

8.27pm GMT

26 min: Just before that brouhaha, Eriksen had slipped a pass down the right for Son, who nearly tore free into the box. Alonso came across to intercept and clear, fine defending that wasn’t particularly appreciated by anyone, as he continued to get dog’s abuse seconds after.

8.26pm GMT

24 min: From the restart, Sanchez launches it long in the sporting fashion towards Caballero. Luiz chests it down instead, at which point Kane competes for the ball. Once play stops again, Azpilicueta takes issue with Kane, and the pair have a nose-to-nose debate about manners. The ref eventually calms everyone down. Sort of. This is bubbling up nicely.]

8.23pm GMT

22 min: Trippier challenges Hazard for the ball on the halfway line, and takes an accidental one in the coupon. He goes down. The ref doesn’t stop the game, and Hazard dribbles off down the left, but then he decides to turn and put the ball out of play for a throw. Trippier gets a little treatment. He’s OK.

8.22pm GMT

20 min: Chelsea really should be leading. Lloris plays a laughably bad pass out to the left, and it’s easily intercepted by Pedro, who tries to tee up Hazard on the edge of the box. But Hazard has his back to goal; Higuain coming in a little deeper and facing the right way, would have been a better option. Hazard cushions the ball, teeing it up for Higuain, who curls wide left when looking for the top corner. He really should have scored. Hit the target at least. Lloris gets away with it.

8.20pm GMT

18 min: Hazard tries to burst clear down the left but is crowded out. The ball breaks back to Alonso, on the edge of the box; he hits a first-time cross towards Pedro, but gets it all wrong, the ball flying out of play to the right of goal. The Chelsea fans have been giving the out-of-form Alonso a bit of stick, so that went down well.

8.17pm GMT

16 min: Sissoko clips Kovacic to the floor, a little late to the ball. Kovacic isn’t particularly happy about that one, but the referee doesn’t care. This is keenly contested, as you’d expect.

8.15pm GMT

14 min: Chelsea have a reasonable shout for a penalty, as Azpilicueta whils a cross in from the right, and the ball slaps against Eriksen’s arm, which isn’t in a particularly natural position. And there was a bit of distance between the pair. But it’s not clear cut enough for the ref to point at the spot. File under that old cop-out Seen Them Given. The ball pings out for a corner, which drops to Kovacic on the edge of the box. His speculative bicycle kick flies way off target.

8.13pm GMT

12 min: The referee Andre Marriner is letting quite a few dubious challenges go. Kante clips the back of Son: no foul. Lamela bundles into Alonso: no foul. Let’s hope this doesn’t boil over into a hilarious 2016-style bench-emptying brawl that spills down the tunnel, eh kids.

8.11pm GMT

10 min: This is nice and open. Kovacic should have released Hazard down the middle with a simple pass, but he clunks it too far in front of his team-mate and a glorious opportunity is spurned. Then Pedro dribbles with purpose down the left and reaches the byline, but can only send the ball dribbling into the arms of Lloris at the near post.

8.09pm GMT

8 min: Eriksen sends Kane away down the left, but he’s ushered towards the wing by Rudiger. Kane still manages to hook a cross into the Chelsea box, but Luiz is there to slam clear.

8.07pm GMT

6 min: Higuain hits the post! Sissoko doesn’t deal with a high ball on the edge of his own area. It drops to Higuain, who hits across the ball and sends a fine effort curling towards the right side of the goal, with Lloris totally flat footed. But it caroms off the woodwork and away. Spurs pile up the other end, Kane having a shot from distance. It’s blocked. This is already a lot of fun.

8.05pm GMT

5 min: Alonso blooters the free kick straight into the wall. The ball breaks into the middle of the Spurs box, but there’s nobody in blue anywhere near, and Spurs clear.

8.04pm GMT

4 min: But then Chelsea win another free kick near the Spurs box, Kovacic dropping a shoulder down the inside-right channel, cutting inside, and drawing a foul from Winks. This is in a much more dangerous position.

8.03pm GMT

3 min: Hazard’s delivery is uncharacteristically poor, his inswinger failing to beat the first man Trippier.

8.03pm GMT

2 min: Chelsea get a meaningful touch. Rudiger tries to release Hazard down the left. Not quite. But Alonso wins a free kick off Sissoko, and it’s a change to load the box.

8.02pm GMT

And we’re off! Spurs get the party started. Son and Davies combine well down the left to earn a throw deep in Chelsea territory. Good position to fling the ball into the mixer, but they opt to stroke it around awhile instead, and soon enough it’s back at the feet of Lloris. Chelsea yet to get a meaningful touch.

7.58pm GMT

The teams are out! A classic aesthetic with both teams wearing their first-choice gear, Chelsea in royal blue, Spurs in lilywhite. And it’s a classic London derby atmosphere to match, with Stamford Bridge jumping under the lights. “That’s a pretty attacking bench Sarri has named,” observes Neal Butler. “I’m a bit concerned that Alonso is starting, and there are no full-backs on the bench; but then again, Sarri wouldn’t use them. I predict Willian on for Pedro, Barkley for Kovacic, and Giroud for Higuain at some point around the 70 minute mark, barring injury.” Squinting really hard to read between the lines here, but I sense the jaded certainty of a supporter who has seen it all before. Anyway, just enough time for a quick snatch of the Harry J All Stars, and we’ll be off any minute!

7.48pm GMT

More from Sarri: “I think Willy Caballero is ready, he has very good experience. We are not to worry about him.” Mauricio Pochettino also speaks to BT Sport: “Jan Vertonghen felt a problem in his hip yesterday. We hope that it is not a big issue and he can be available for the next game.” And finally a little bit from Harry Kane: “It’s a London derby, we;ve had some great battles with Chelsea this season and over the past few years. So it’ll be the same again tonight. Obviously both teams will want to bounce back from the weekend, so it’s down to us to play our style and try to get the three points.”

7.40pm GMT

“There are consequences.” We shouldn’t be particularly surprised that Sarri’s dropped Kepa. Here he is yesterday, dropping a fairly obvious hint.

7.30pm GMT

Here’s Chelsea’s two keepers going through their pre-match warm-up. Everyone getting along just fine! There’s nice.

7.20pm GMT

Maurizio Sarri, straight to the point as ever, explains his decision to drop Kepa. “It’s a choice. It’s a message for my group. That we are a group, and not 25 players. It’s my choice.”

7.09pm GMT

So there’s our answer: Maurizio Sarri has dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga, all £71m of him, to the bench. That’s punishment for the keeper’s brazen insubordination at Wembley towards the end of the League Cup final against Manchester City. Pent-up penalty expert Willy Caballero takes his place ... at long last. That’s one of four changes made by Chelsea. Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain take the places of Emerson, Ross Barkley and Willian.

Spurs meanwhile make four changes of their own from the XI who went down at Burnley on Saturday. Keiran Trippier, Davison Sanchez, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela step up; Danny Rose, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen make way.

7.01pm GMT

Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Christensen.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Lamela, Son, Kane.
Subs: Rose, Wanyama, Llorente, Foyth, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Lucas Moura.

2.43pm GMT

Will Tottenham close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City? Will they register back-to-back league wins at Stamford Bridge, having ended a 28-year wait for a victory here last year? Can they complete a league double over Chelsea for the first time since 1971? Will Chelsea bounce back from League Cup final misery to reclaim a place in the top four? Will this descend into a wild brawl like it did in gloriously entertaining fashion when Spurs ran out of title gas in 2016?

Questions, questions. Though to be honest, the only one anyone’s really worried about is this: will Maurizio Sarri pick stubborn netminder Kepa Arrizabalaga after his theatrically bolshie display at Wembley last Sunday? We’ll soon find out! Teams coming soon, after which ... it’s on!

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Sarri's Chelsea too strong for Spurs

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 23:10
Pedro's strike and Kieran Trippier's embarrassing own goal gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory over rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro strike and Trippier howler lift Sarri and give Chelsea win over Spurs

Guardian - ons, 27/02/2019 - 23:00

Maurizio Sarri, in time, may point to this as the victory which breathed life into his tenure as Chelsea’s head coach – the moment when all the doubts that had infected his team over the winter months gave way to newfound belief in the Italian’s methods. That, at least, must be the long-term hope. For now he can bask in a timely win over bitter rivals which has earned him significant respite after a desperate few weeks.

Tottenham, their display as troublingly disjointed as in defeat at Burnley a few days previously and with Saturday’s derby against Arsenal looming ever larger, ended embarrassed here with Kieran Trippier inexplicably placing a back pass wide of an on-rushing Hugo Lloris six minutes from time. The ball trickled unaided over the line with Willian in hot pursuit and those in the Matthew Harding stand already bouncing gleefully in celebration. The crowing din of the home support will have pursued the visitors from the arena.

Related: Dropping Arrizabalaga was payback for petulance, says Chelsea’s Sarri

The two-way gallop to the line

Related: Willy Caballero finally gets part to play in rolling soap opera at Chelsea | Barney Ronay

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Spurs won't change policy on 'Y-word'

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 14:11
Tottenham say only a total clampdown on anti-Semitism would make them reassess club standards on their fans chanting a term for Jewish people which some find offensive.

Spurs defend use of 'Y' word in chants

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 14:11
Tottenham say only a total clampdown on anti-Semitism would make them reassess club standards on their fans chanting an offensive term for Jewish people.

Poch hopeful of stadium move this season

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 13:45
Mauricio Pochettino remains hopeful that Tottenham will move into their new stadium before the end of the season.

Watch midweek PL goals on mobile

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 08:00
Watch the Premier League midweek goals as they go in on your mobile with the Sky Sports app.

Are English youngsters playing enough?

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 07:00
Two decades from the last all-English Premier League XI, are England's promising youngsters starting to get the minutes they need?

Chelsea vs Tottenham preview

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 07:00
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to decide whether to include goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in his team for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Tottenham (kick-off 8pm).

Merson's predictions

Sky Sports - ons, 27/02/2019 - 07:00
Ahead of an important midweek of Premier League action, Paul Merson gives his verdict on the 10 games.

Maurizio Sarri threatens to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for Tottenham game

Guardian - tir, 26/02/2019 - 23:36

• Chelsea manager to decide ‘what is better for my group’
• Sarri praises No 2 keeper Willy Caballero

Maurizio Sarri has threatened to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for Wednesday’s home game against Tottenham for the collective good of the squad and has no regrets over losing his cool during the Carabao Cup final.

Arrizabalaga apologised on Monday to Sarri, his teammates and supporters for refusing the manager’s attempts to substitute him in the final minute of extra time before the penalty shootout won by Manchester City.

Related: David Squires on … a Sarri farce for Chelsea with Kepa Arrizabalaga

Related: Kepa farce distracted his teammates and disrespected the entire game | Richard Williams

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Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs’ lack of fight has scuppered their title bid

Guardian - tir, 26/02/2019 - 23:32
• ‘It is holding us back. To change it is maybe 10 years’ work’
• Manager may face touchline ban for confronting Mike Dean

Mauricio Pochettino fears it could be 10 years before Tottenham develop the winning mentality needed to become champions. The manager takes his team to Chelsea on Wednesday night but he remains haunted by Saturday’s defeat at Burnley, a result he felt ended their title hopes and reminded him of the similarly damaging reverse at Watford in September.

Spurs had approached both games on winning streaks and with Pochettino repeatedly warning his players that they had to treat their lower-ranking opponents with focus and respect. He said the matches were akin to cup finals.

Related: Maurizio Sarri considers dropping Kepa Arrizabalaga for Tottenham game

The two-way gallop to the line

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Poch: Maybe 10 years for Spurs title

Sky Sports - tir, 26/02/2019 - 23:30
Mauricio Pochettino believes it could take five to 10 years for his Tottenham side to win a Premier League title after the weekend loss to Burnley.

Poch accepts charge, apologises to Dean

Sky Sports - tir, 26/02/2019 - 14:40
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has apologised to referee Mike Dean and accepted the FA's charge of improper conduct.
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