LONDON (AP) — Chelsea secured a top-four spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday after two goals in a three-minute span helped the club to clinch a return to the Champions...
Higuain at double for 1st Chelsea goals in Huddersfield rout
LONDON (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Chelsea goals in a 5-0 rout of Huddersfield on Saturday, halting the slump after back-to-back English Premier League losses that created uncertainty about manager Maurizio Sarri's future.
In the striker's third game since joining on loan on Juventus, Higuain turned the ball into the net in the 16th minute and curled in Chelsea's fourth in the 69th.
"He has the quality," Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard said.
Chelsea beats Tottenham on penalties to reach cup final
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea responded to the recent criticism from manager Maurizio Sarri by beating Tottenham on penalty kicks Thursday to advance to an English League Cup final meeting with Manchester City.
David Luiz scored the decisive penalty to give Chelsea at 4-2 shootout win after the team's 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge left the teams level 2-2 on aggregate.
Chelsea strengthens grip on 4th place by beating Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea went six points clear in the chase for Champions League qualification by sending Newcastle into the English Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.
While Willian's curling strike gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Newcastle, manager Maurizio Sarri was still unhappy with the labored performance and fragility.
Pedro Rodriguez collected David Luiz's pass before netting to put Chelsea in front in the ninth minute.
Fabregas says goodbyes as Chelsea advances in FA Cup
LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Kante gives Chelsea 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante's second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place in the Premier League.
After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.
Title defense opens up as Chelsea ends City’s unbeaten start
LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions.
Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced attacking midfield role, N'Golo Kante got into space in front of goal to be set up by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the net.
Man City loses 1st game of Premier League season at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea inflicted Manchester City's first loss of the Premier League season on Saturday, winning 2-0 as the champions were replaced by Liverpool in top spot.
After losing two of its last three league games, Chelsea was forced to repel waves of City attacks before N'Golo Kante scored from the team's first shot on target in the 45th minute.
Buoyed by going in front, Chelsea controlled the second half and David Luiz headed the hosts further in front in the 78th.
Hazard scores winner as Chelsea wins at Bournemouth in EPL
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea ground out a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Belgium winger beat Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic at his near post shortly after halftime, and Chelsea moved back within a point of third-placed Tottenham.
Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League in rare 0-0 draw
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw for the first time in almost 20 months on Sunday when Arsenal produced the type of disciplined display lacking during recent setbacks to frustrate the Premier League champions.
Just like in the curtain-raiser to the season — when Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield — the west London cub finished with 10 men. David Luiz was sent off in the 87th minute for a high, sliding challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kyle Walker became the most expensive defender of all time when he joined Manchester City from Tottenham, the player's management company said on Friday.
Based on Base Soccer Agency's tweet , the undisclosed transfer fee would eclipse the 50 million pounds (then $84 million) that Paris Saint-Germain paid Chelsea for center back David Luiz in 2014.
Brazil scores after 12 seconds, beats Australia 4-0
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Diego Souza scored after 12 seconds and again in the last minute as Brazil beat Confederations Cup-bound Australia 4-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday.
The Brazilians swooped quickly in front of almost 49,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when Australia defender Bailey Wright gave the ball away to Giuliano, who provided the space for Souza to fire a right-foot shot in off the hands of goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Antonio Conte was fielding a question in his post-match news conference when David Luiz and Diego Costa appeared from out of nowhere, barged past a couple of reporters and dragged their manager out of his chair and out of the room.
"Guys, champions! Enough, enough!" Luiz roared.
Chelsea's Premier League title-winning celebrations at The Hawthorns were in full flow heading into the early hours of Saturday morning, and the players wanted Conte to be part of it.
Leader Chelsea stays in control after title rivals stumble
Chelsea could afford to miss a late penalty in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Tuesday, as Antonio Conte's side extended its lead at the top of the Premier League and its rivals sabotaged their own title bids.
Fourth-place Liverpool started well at Anfield, only for Chelsea to take the lead through center half David Luiz's free kick in the first half.
Aguero back from ban, looking to kick-start turbulent season
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It has been a strange season for Sergio Aguero.
The goals have flowed for Manchester City — nothing new there — but other factors have transpired to make it one of the most turbulent periods of the Argentine's career.
Man City, Chelsea fined combined $170,000 for melee
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City and Chelsea have been fined a combined 135,000 pounds ($170,000) by the English Football Association after their players were involved in a melee in the closing stages of a Premier League match.
The FA said Tuesday that both clubs accepted they failed to "ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behavior."
City was fined 35,000 pounds ($44,000) and Chelsea 100,000 pounds ($126,000).
Man City loses cool and match as Chelsea wins 3-1 in EPL
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City lost the game and its players lost their cool as Chelsea rallied for a 3-1 win in a fiery match to stretch its lead in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Diego Costa sends Chelsea to top of Premier League
MIDDLESBROUGH, England (AP) — Chelsea moved to the top of the English Premier League on Sunday after a first-half strike by Diego Costa earned the visitors a convincing 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough.
Chelsea dominated the game and was rewarded for its unrelenting pressure when Costa scored four minutes before the break, reacting quickest to a loose ball after a goalmouth melee and firing home from close range. It was his 10th goal of the season.
Chelsea transformed after Conte’s switch to 3-man defense
LONDON (AP) — With Chelsea leaking goals too easily, Antonio Conte didn't have to search far for the solution.
The Italian manager merely implemented the tactics that served him well with Juventus and his national team.
Chelsea hasn't conceded a goal in the Premier League and has won all four games since Conte removed a defender from its typical four-man back-line. And, with four successive victories since the tactical tinkering, Chelsea has clambered up the standings to join the chasing pack.
The Latest: Moussa Sissoko joins Spurs from Newcastle
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on European soccer transfers (all times local):
France midfielder Moussa Sissoko has moved to Tottenham from Newcastle on a five-year deal.
Sissoko has spent the past three years at Newcastle but was unable to prevent its relegation from the Premier League last season.