Lampard set to steer new era at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has a new manager but the curious case of Jorginho and the team's midfield metamorphosis might still come to define Frank Lampard's first season in charge.
Sarri says Kante 50-50 for Europa League final
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says midfielder N'Golo Kante has a 50-50 chance of being fit for the Europa League final, and that the team will be pushed to the brink without...
Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea moved into the Premier League's top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Goals two minutes apart from N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea...
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 coach Sarri questions Hazard’s leadership qualities
LONDON (AP) — Months after captaining Belgium to the World Cup semifinals, Eden Hazard had his leadership qualities questioned by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday and was urged to do more to fulfil his potential.
"In this moment, he's more an individual player than a leader," said Sarri, who hasn't been afraid to point the finger at Chelsea's players since arriving in England in the offseason.
Sarri must face up to own failings in Chelsea blame game
Maurizio Sarri has decided to go down a dangerous road by using a post-match news conference to criticize the attitude and character of his Chelsea players.
Memories were suddenly revived of a TV interview that Jose Mourinho gave after a game in December 2015, accusing the Chelsea team of "betraying" him. Mourinho was fired a few days later.
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.
Kante shows his better side, helps Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante showed off the better side of his game after midweek criticism by his coach to inspire Chelsea to a 2-0 win over west London neighbor Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The France midfielder dispossessed Jean-Michel Seri inside Fulham's half, drove forward and laid the ball off for Pedro Rodriguez to score a fourth-minute goal that put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri will persist with playing N'Golo Kante in an unfamiliar advanced position in midfield despite acknowledging the France international has yet to settle in his new role.
Kante, widely considered the world's best holding midfielder, has a slightly more attacking role in Chelsea's team this season as Sarri looks to accommodate a more creative deep-lying playmaker in new signing Jorginho.
France calls up uncapped Ndombele and recalls Sakho
PARIS (AP) — Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has been called up by France for the first time for this month's friendly against Iceland and UEFA Nations League match against Germany, while defender Mamadou Sakho is back for the world champions after a 2 ½ year absence.
The 21-year-old Ndombele has impressed for his club this season and replaces Corentin Tolisso, who could be sidelined up to six months with a knee injury.
Still party time for world champion France in Nations League
PARIS (AP) — Less than two months after claiming a second World Cup title, no wonder France is still in a partying mood.
After a summer of euphoria, Didier Deschamps' players didn't look ready against Germany in the teams' opening UEFA Nations League match, which ended in a goalless draw. The French were on the back foot for long spells and avoided defeat only thanks to a series of outstanding saves from Paris Saint-Germain 'keeper Alphonse Areola.
Kante adjusts to new attacking role at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri inherited possibly the best defensive midfielder in the world when he took over the team in the offseason.
N'Golo Kante has been one of the most influential players in English soccer's recent history, capturing back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester (2016) and Chelsea (2017), and was the rock in the midfield of France's World Cup-winning team in Russia.
So what has Sarri done with Kante upon arriving at Stamford Bridge? Change his position, of course.
Kante scores winner for Chelsea vs former club Leicester
LEICESTER, England (AP) — N'Golo Kante gave his former club another reason not to have sold him as defending English Premier League champion Chelsea beat Leicester 2-1 on Saturday.
Talk before the match focused on another former Leicester player Danny Drinkwater — who stayed on the Chelsea bench — but it was Kante who made the difference at King Power Stadium.
The Latest: Sakho gets permanent deal with Crystal Palace
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on European soccer transfers (all times local):
Mamadou Sakho has joined Crystal Palace from Liverpool on a permanent deal after spending the second half of last season on loan at the London club.
The French center back made 80 appearances for Liverpool after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
Monaco sold another member of its young squad that thrilled European soccer last season when France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea on Saturday.
The English champion didn't disclose the fee for the 22-year-old central midfielder, who has signed a five-year deal.
"I have grown up watching Chelsea," Bakayoko said. "Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood."
LONDON (AP) — Influential players in Chelsea's English Premier League title success:
LONDON (AP) — As Cesc Fabregas composed Chelsea's march to the brink of the English Premier League title, it was hard to believe the midfielder was making just his 11th start of the campaign on Monday.
Assists for Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic goals during the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough punctuated his masterful display, but it was only the absence of consensus player of the season N'Golo Kante that afforded Fabregas his opportunity.
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante's impact in guiding Chelsea to the brink of the Premier League title was rewarded on Monday when he was voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by soccer writers.
The France international topped the poll of journalists just weeks after being voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been voted the player of the year by his fellow professionals, collecting the award at a ceremony on Sunday that honored David Beckham's contribution to English football.
The 26-year-old Kante has some way to go to match Beckham's six Premier League titles with Manchester United but he is closing in on the rare achievement of collecting England's top prize with two different clubs.
Chelsea beats United, sets up FA Cup semifinal vs Spurs
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea prevailed over Jose Mourinho's forceful, spoiling tactics to end Manchester United's FA Cup defense and set up a semifinal derby with Tottenham.
On another gloomy return to Stamford Bridge for Mourinho, United's aggressive attempts to neutralize Eden Hazard backfired when Ander Herrera was booked twice for fouling the winger and dismissed 35 minutes into Monday's quarterfinal.
Want to win the Premier League? Sign N’Golo Kante
There's a link between the revival of the Premier League's champion-elect, Chelsea, and the demise of its beleaguered titleholder, Leicester.
N'Golo Kante swapped Leicester for Chelsea for 30 million pounds (then $40 million) in July, an offseason deal that barely caused a ripple compared to the razzmatazz over France teammate Paul Pogba's world-record transfer to Manchester United weeks later.
Chelsea sets winning record, beats Bournemouth 3-0
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea set a club record of 12 straight English Premier League wins as it beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Monday.
Two goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard's penalty kick ensured Antonio Conte's side bettered a run of 11 victories set over two seasons in 2009, beginning in April under Guus Hiddink and ending in September under Carlo Ancelotti.
Only once — Arsenal in 2001-02 with 13 straight wins — has a top-tier club had a longer winning streak in one season since World War II.
Conte finally has selection issues at in-form Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Deprived of probably his two best players this season, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte finally has some selection issues to consider as the English Premier League leaders aim to extend their winning run to 12 games.
Top scorer Diego Costa and midfield enforcer N'Golo Kante are both suspended for the home match against Bournemouth on Monday.
Leicester trio take on Messi, Ronaldo for FIFA player award
ZURICH (AP) — Three Leicester players will try to end the eight-year grip of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the FIFA player of the year award.
Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante were named Friday alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the 23-man list of contenders. Kante has moved to Chelsea since Leicester won the Premier League title in May.
Messi won his fifth FIFA award last season and Ronaldo has won it three times.
The fanfare around the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in Manchester means London's finest have been little more than a sideshow heading into the 2016-17 English Premier League.
Don't, though, discount the chances of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal being in the title conversation next May.
After putting up the worst ever Premier League title defense last season to finish 10th, Chelsea surely will be a different proposition this time round under new coach...