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Author: Sean Vranch

Chelsea Make Europa League Progress During a Difficult Night in Belarus

Chelsea’s Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri and BATE Borisov’s Belarusian striker Maksim Skavysh vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FC BATE Borisov and Chelsea FC in Borisov outside Minsk on November 8, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images) Olivier Giroud proved the match winner on a difficult night for Chelsea in Belarus. The Frenchman headed home an Emerson Palmieri cross after 52 minutes to help The Blues clinch a 1-0 victory against BATE Borisov. BATE had started the brighter and went close early on,...

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Antonio Conte and Chelsea Heading For Court Showdown

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Manager of Chelsea, Antonio Conte gestures during the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images) It’s been nearly five months since Antonio Conte was asked to ‘clear his desk’ at Stamford Bridge. Speculation about the Italians departure had been rife throughout last season, as Chelsea struggled to defend their title. Blues fans became increasingly frustrated as performances fell well below par compared to the previous season. Some blamed Conte’s defensive tactics, meanwhile, others felt the former...

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Group Leaders Chelsea Travel To BATE Borisov

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 04: Pedro of Chelsea celebrates with Alvaro Morata and David Luiz during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) On Thursday evening Chelsea face a long trip to Belarus for the first time in their history, as they continue their quest for Europa League glory. The Blues opponents are Belarusian Champions BATE Borisov. They convincingly beat the hosts 3-1 at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago thanks to a stunning Ruben Loftus-Cheek hattrick. BATE will be buoyed...

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