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After a disappointing start to the season, a switch to a back-three saw Chelsea effectively run away with the Premier League title. From October 1st to the end of the campaign, the Blues lost only three top-flight matches on their way to securing the crown, with Antonio Conte’s decision to switch to a three-man defence not only setting Chelsea on their path to domestic glory, but showing that such a system can work in the Premier League. The tough work starts now, however. The previous two Premier League title winning managers – Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri – have been relieved of…

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes record signing Alvaro Morata still has plenty of work to do ahead of the new campaign after the Spanish striker made a low-key debut start for the English champions against Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday. Morata joined up with his new team on Monday, playing the last 30 minutes in a defeat to Bayern Munich a day later, and the former Real Madrid forward was unable to make an impact before he was withdrawn after an hour against Inter. The Italian side beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the International Champions Cup Singapore tournament. “Morata…

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Inter Milan in Singapore as Antonio Conte’s side failed to find a leveller despite dominating in the closing stages of the game. Inter had taken the lead just before half-time through Stevan Jovetic, who scored the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Thibaut Courtois. Ivan Perisic doubled their lead early in the second half, but the Blues came back into the game when Geoffrey Kondogbia scored a long-range own-goal. Charly Musonda, a second-half substitute, was lively after coming on and saw a low drive saved, while Michy Batshuayi had a late goal ruled out. There were…

Manager Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City “will try” to sign a central defender this summer.Eliaquim Mangala is expected to depart, which would leave City with Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as established centre-backs.”We don’t have too much more to spend but we are going to see,” said Guardiola, speaking before Saturday’s friendly with Tottenham (23:00 BST).City have spent about £200m this summer – £120m of that on three full-backs.In the past week, Kyle Walker moved from Spurs for £45m, Danilo joined from Real Madrid for £26.5m and Benjamin Mendy was recruited from Monaco for £52m.They join Portugal…

Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian’s social media comments before a match in China. The club had “solemnly and sincerely” apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism. He made the comments in Instagram posts before a 3-0 pre-season win over Arsenal, during which fans booed him. Kenedy later apologised but will now play no further part in the tour and has returned to the UK. He put two videos on Instagram, one featuring an expletive about China and another of a sleeping security guard with a phrase which translated as: “Wake up, China.…

Chelsea started their pre-season friendly on a good note as they beat  rivals Arsenal 3-0 on Saturday in China.  At a packed Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, it was the Blues who came out on top thanks to Willian’s opener and a Michy Batshuayi brace, the second of which was a wonderful strike from outside the penalty area. Antonio Conte made a number of changes in the second half but the Italian will have been pleased with the performance of his side, as well as the fact he was able to give the majority of his players valuable minutes on the pitch. The Chelsea…

Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his move to English Premier League Champions Chelsea from Monaco. Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals. He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football. Bakayoko, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this…

Ronald Koeman highlighted the impact of Wayne Rooney and declared himself pleased with his side’s efforts after a 2-1 win over Gor Mahia in Tanzania. The Blues’ game against Kenya’s most successful side was the culmination of a trip to Tanzania to celebrate the Club-record partnership with gaming giant SportPesa. On his first appearance since returning to the Club, Wayne Rooneyopened the scoring with an incredible 30-yard effort on 34 minutes in front of a raucous crowd at the National Stadium. Gor Mahia then levelled just before the half-time interval, but Kieran Dowell’s second-half strike – another long-range goal – earned Koeman’s side victory…

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was arrested in Los Angeles last week following a noise complaint – and is due to appear in court on 2 October. Lukaku, who is set to have a medical at Manchester United before a £75m move, was given a “misdemeanour citation” after officers responded to five other noise complaints at the same location. A Beverly Hills police statement said Lukaku was released at the scene following the incident on 2 July. Lukaku has been on holiday in the US. The Belgian has been pictured on social media taking part in fitness sessions with Manchester United’s…

Chelsea have completed the signing of Antonio Rudiger from Roma. The 24-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Blues and will wear the No.2 shirt. The defender said: ‘It’s a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this. ‘I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I’m very proud to officially become a Chelsea player.’ Technical Director Michael Emenalo added: ‘We are pleased to be able to bring in a player of proven quality who adds to our defensive options. ‘Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international…

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