Chelsea sound out Maurizio Sarri over replacing Antonio Conte

  • Sarri leaving Napoli after guiding club to second in Serie A
  • Chelsea hierarchy continue to weigh up Conte’s future
Chelsea will meet with Maurizio Sarri’s representatives on Friday, with the former Napoli coach a candidate for the manager’s job should they sack Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to exit the club this summer. The Stamford Bridge side continue to weigh up the future of Conte, the Italian who warned Chelsea they would be losing a “serial winner” if they decided to replace him after winning the FA Cup at Wembley last weekend. Continue reading...

‘I’m not intimidated by anyone,’ says England’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea midfielder is confident he will be able to handle the ‘immense pressure’ of World Cup competition next monthRuben Loftus-Cheek described his World Cup call-up as surreal, and there have been plenty of times in the recent past when he would have considered the chance coming his way this summer the stuff of fantasy. He could point to the plateauing of his senior career on the fringes at Chelsea or, having joined the club’s considerable loan army, the trauma of Crystal Palace’s appalling start to last season. Then there was the three-month hiatus in mid-winter as an ankle injury checked the momentum generated by regular game time. Related: Coherent, convincing and modern: Gareth Southgate offers touch of hope | Barney Ronay Continue reading...

Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?

Russian oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since 2003 Roman Abramovich’s absence as Chelsea defeated Manchester United to claim the FA Cup, and the 15th major trophy of his ownership, is now explained by the delay in granting his renewal application for an investor’s visa. Yet, at the time, his non-appearance at Wembley hardly set the alarm bells ringing. The oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since acquiring it in 2003, missing some significant home games en route and never travelling to away fixtures. While he had attended his side’s loss to Arsenal in last season’s FA Cup final and was regularly seen at Stamford Bridge in the first half of this season, the 51-year-old was last in attendance in his box in the middle tier of the Continue reading "Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?"

Antonio Conte likely to leave after delivering parting gift to Chelsea | Dominic Fifield

Italian coach is set to depart Stamford Bridge despite winning the FA Cup, as he remains at odds with the club’s hierarchyBy the time talk turned to Antonio Conte’s future on Saturday night, the Italian’s hair was lank with champagne, silverware was acting as a shield and the mood was one of defiance. Not that Chelsea’s head coach has ever been particularly reticent when challenging his employers in public. “For sure, when you decide to take a coach like me, you must know who you are taking on, who you are charging for this job,” he said. “I cannot change my personality.” It was always likely to end this way, with Conte’s belligerent management style and Chelsea’s pursuit of something close to self-sufficiency having placed them on a collision course from the off. His two-year tenure has yielded a Premier League title and now an FA Cup and Continue reading "Antonio Conte likely to leave after delivering parting gift to Chelsea | Dominic Fifield"

Gary Cahill urges Chelsea to resolve situation over Antonio Conte’s future

• Captain says players have sensed uncertainly over manager
• Conte expected to be sacked despite winning the FA Cup Gary Cahill, the Chelsea captain, has urged the club’s board to end the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge after leading his team to the FA Cup, a success which went some way towards “saving” the club’s season. Related: Antonio Conte: ‘I showed in a difficult season that I’m a serial winner’ Continue reading...

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa

Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new one British authorities have not yet issued a new visa to the Russian oligarch and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and it is not clear if or when they will, according to Russian media reports and people who know the businessman. Abramovich, who is the 13th richest person in Britain with a net worth of £9.3bn, according to the Sunday Times, held an entrepreneurial visa to the UK that expired several weeks ago. He has filed for a new visa, but has not yet been granted one. Continue reading...

Thibaut Courtois stands tall to grant Antonio Conte a glorious swansong | David Hytner

Gutsy backs-to-the-wall show delivers a triumphant end to Italian’s stormy season – and perhaps his Chelsea tenureAntonio Conte remained in a state of agitation. The Chelsea manager had seen Eden Hazard put his team in charge of the FA Cup final with a first-half penalty but he did not celebrate. Instead, he continued to chew the ear of the fourth official, Lee Mason. Conte wanted a red card to be shown to the Manchester United defender Phil Jones, for what he felt had been a last-man foul on Hazard. It seemed to sum up what has been a slog of a season for Conte – even at the good moments, he could have gripes. It has had the feel of one long argument between him and the club and there was the unmistakable end-of-era impression for him at Wembley. Continue reading...

Marcus Rashford’s toils show up José Mourinho as a man without a plan | Barney Ronay

A isolated outing for the forward added was dismaying proof that skilful attackers are being left to regress at Old TraffordOn a sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling Wembley day Manchester United’s sweaty, heavy, oddly gruelling season was finally euthanised to a close. It has been a good season in some ways, with obvious progress made in the Premier League. But it passed here without the garnish of a trophy as Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty settled a largely forgettable FA Cup final in Chelsea’s favour. Continue reading...

Antonio Conte: ‘I showed in a difficult season that I’m a serial winner’

• Chelsea manager issues effective ‘back me or sack me’ message
• ‘If they want to continue to work with me, they know me‘Antonio Conte warned Chelsea they would be losing a “serial winner” if they chose to sack him and said that, whatever the future might hold, he would always love the club. Conte watched his team dig out a 1-0 win against Manchester United in the FA Cup final to finish a trying season on a high. The trophy followed his Premier League title success from last season – his first at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading...

Chelsea 1-0 Man United: The Talking Points

4C70AB1A00000578-0-image-m-2_1526751901735Manchester United lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday thanks to a first half penalty from Eden Hazard. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, notes the main stories from the encounter. The curse of the poor start appeared again This column has spoken many times of the team’s shaky start to matches across the season and in the cup final, the gremlins were back at work. The Red Devils struggled to get into a rhythm in the first half and failed to create anything worthy of note. The passing was sloppy and there was not enough movement to make things happen especially on the offensive. The partnership of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard did not seem to understand what they were supposed to in attack and very often, were seen cluttered in the same space when spreading out and being available passing options was the better Continue reading "Chelsea 1-0 Man United: The Talking Points"

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard spot-on to sink Manchester United and win FA Cup

If this turns out to be Antonio Conte’s final game as Chelsea manager, as all the evidence suggests, at least he has gone out on a high. For all the politics at Stamford Bridge, all the discontent and the impression of a manager who knows his time is up, another trophy has been added to the collection. Last year, the Premier League, this season, the FA Cup; only at Chelsea, perhaps, could a manager with that haul now be cut free. Continue reading...

Where to find Man United vs. Chelsea FA Cup Final on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Chelsea on US TV in the FA Cup Final, you’ve come to the right place. In what could be Antonio Conte’s last game in charge for Chelsea, the Blues face Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. The game is the traditional end to the English football season, and it’ll be beamed live across the United States to viewers via TV and streaming. All of the details are below of how you can watch the game.
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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas seeks FA Cup winner’s medal to replace one he lost

• Midfielder admits mislaying medal won with Arsenal in 2005
• ‘If you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is very special’ Cesc Fàbregas will have an extra incentive to claim the FA Cup for a second time in his career after admitting he has mislaid his winner’s medal from his first appearance in the final, with Arsenal 13 years ago. The Spain midfielder had just turned 18 when he started for Arsène Wenger’s team in the goalless draw with Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium. Fàbregas had relished his tussle with imposing opponents, who included Roy Keane in their number, before being replaced by Robin van Persie four minutes from the end of normal time, then watched Patrick Vieira convert the decisive spot-kick in the subsequent penalty shootout to claim the trophy with his final touch in an Arsenal shirt. Continue reading...

Ander Herrera: My future is the FA Cup final. I want to be here next season

Manchester United midfielder has struggled for an automatic place in the first team but he scored the winner in the semi-final and is keen to continue in that veinAnder Herrera has a self-possession that allows rare honesty when he is asked how Manchester City’s runaway title win and Liverpool potentially being European champions heightens Manchester United’s need to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Sitting upstairs in the academy building at the club’s Carrington base, the midfielder is an articulate speaker on a range of subjects. United finished second to City but, unless Chelsea are defeated at Wembley on Saturday, José Mourinho’s side will end the season without a trophy. The nightmare scenario is City’s 19-point Premier League success being followed by Liverpool claiming a sixth European Cup next Saturday by defeating Real Madrid. Continue reading...

Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo | Dominic Fifield

A year ago he was hailed as a genius for turning Chelsea from a shambles into champions, and yet today’s FA Cup final is expected to be his last game. What went so wrong, so quickly?Antonio Conte, clean‑shaven on the eve of the FA Cup final, digested the question, took a deep breath and then conjured a fresh analogy for an increasingly weary theme. “Last season was a wonderful season because we reached an important success,” the Chelsea head coach said, his mind retreating exactly 12 months to the raucous celebrations with the Premier League trophy on the pitch at Stamford Bridge. “But then you have to understand the way you won. If your car is going at 300km per hour, or if you are winning while going at normal velocity and aren’t risking burning out your engine.” The Italian’s audience was picking apart that metaphor when, for Continue reading "Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo | Dominic Fifield"