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Eden Hazard, right, dribbling past Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin during Chelsea’s 3-1 victory at home Saturday. Credit Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Chelsea Nears a Championship by Excelling at the Predictable

ONDON — And that may well be that. These have been a rough few months for anyone who makes a living from predictions. “Brexit” and Trump exposed the folly of pollsters; Leicester City defied the naysaying of pundits. No matter how clear the data or compelling the evidence, the future […]

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Diego Costa trains alone at Chelsea after missing Leicester win – sources

LONDON — Diego Costa trained alone on Sunday and Monday and will be assessed by Chelsea’s medical staff and Antonio Conte before a decision is made on whether he can rejoin the rest of the squad, sources at the club have confirmed to ESPN FC. Chelsea’s players were given two […]

Antonio Conte, far right, has produced a turnaround as Chelsea’s manager. The team is in first place and in position to claim a record: best single-season run in the history of the Premier League. Credit Hannah McKay/European Pressphoto Agency
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At Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s Personal Touch Proves a Winning One

Everyone at Chelsea agrees on the who. The players, the coaches and the platoon of staff members behind the scenes all say that, in six months as manager, Antonio Conte has transformed the club. He has given a team that seemed to have lost its shine the veneer of a […]

Dele Alli’s first goal beat Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois late in the first half on Wednesday. Credit Dylan Martinez/Reuters
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Chelsea’s Streak Ends at 13 With Loss to Tottenham

LONDON — Dele Alli bolstered his growing reputation by putting a stop to Chelsea’s 13-match winning streak, scoring two goals on headers on Wednesday to give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-0 home victory over the Blues, the Premier League leaders. Defense has been the bedrock of Chelsea’s three-month hot streak, but […]

Antonio Conte, right, enjoys another victory during Chelsea’s surge to the top of the Premier League in his first season in charge. Photograph: Javier Garcia/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock
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Antonio Conte can see the bigger picture even if Chelsea’s winning run falls short

Chelsea’s record attempt faces test at Tottenham but their manager knows the lead they have in the Premier League is more important than a place in history When Antonio Conte thought about what to name his daughter, he wanted something beautiful and also something that would resonate with him. In […]

Jose Mourinho of Manchester United and Antonio Conte of Chelsea
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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd cannot catch negative Chelsea in title race

Jose Mourinho believes it will be hard for Manchester United to make up ground on Chelsea in the title race because his former club adopt an overtly defensive approach he refuses to employ at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte’s side are six points clear at the top of the Premier League […]