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Lessons can be learned from Chelsea


Youth dominance yet to produce

 By Michael Cox

Chelsea's style contrasts recent Premier League winners but is not new

Craig Burley has his say on accusations that Chelsea are boring.

All things considered, Chelsea's draw vs. Arsenal on Sunday was an archetypal Jose Mourinho way of effectively wrapping up the Premier League title: a goalless draw away at your title rivals, and a couple of digs at the opposition manager after the match, which prompted a debate about what constitutes "boring football."

The consensus, it appears, is that Chelsea have regressed since the start of the campaign, in terms of playing style, at least. Before Christmas, Mourinho's side played a fluid,...

 By Phil Lythell

Chelsea can expect a big fight from Leicester City

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho expressed his belief that Leicester City will remain in the Premier League come the end of the season.

After two clean sheets in a row against their closest rivals and four points gained as a result, Chelsea are now so close to winning the Premier League title that they can almost taste it. Fortunately for Chelsea fans, any final lingering doubts were surely dispatched for good once the final whistle blew at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Even Arsenal boss and perennial Mourinho sparring partner, Arsene Wenger, conceded that their London neighbours could not now be realistically reeled in, despite...

The Montreal Impact aren't fazed by massive CCL task vs. Club America

ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman is joined by former New York Red Bulls manager Mike Petke to discuss the Montreal Impact's run to the CONCACAF Champions League final, after earning a draw at the Estadio Azteca.

MONTREAL -- If Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas is feeling the heat ahead of the biggest game in his managerial career -- and one of the most important in Major League Soccer's 20-year history -- he sure isn't letting on.

The skies were dark and threatening as Klopas met Monday with dozens of local reporters in the shadow of Olympic Stadium, where the Impact will face mighty Club America of Mexico Wednesday in the decisive second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final, but Klopas was downright...

 By David Mooney

Time for Stevan Jovetic to move on after failing to shine at Man City

Stevan Jovetic has never been able to match his performance against Liverpool.

The final nail was probably slammed into the coffin of Stevan Jovetic's Manchester City career when he was excluded from the club's Champions League squad in order to make way for January signing Wilfried Bony. The Montenegro striker said the decision "killed" him and that it was an indication that manager Manuel Pellegrini had put other players ahead of him in the pecking order.

It's hard to argue otherwise, though it's also worth noting that Pellegrini probably already had Jovetic quite low down...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Bournemouth reach Premier League promised land against all the odds

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reminisces about Bournemouth's rise through the ranks of English football with the club on the brink of promotion to the Premier League.
The ESPN FC crew respond to Bournemouth's historic 3-0 win over Bolton, which now sees Eddie Howe's side set to move onto the Premier League next season for the first time in their 116-year history.

Monday's scenes of enraptured celebration at AFC Bournemouth's bijou Dean Court ground were the lifting of what had become a gripping tension. Eddie Howe, the club's fresh-faced but flinty manager, revealed how he had side-stepped the pressure his team have been under since beginning an early season push for Championship promotion.

"I honestly didn't start thinking it; you don't want to think it is possible," he explained after beating Bolton 3-0 in front of a capacity crowd. "You work every day...

Wenger and Arsenal can learn from Chelsea ahead of next season

The ESPN FC team discuss who, if anyone, can challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title next season. Ian Darke believes Arsenal may be best fit to challenge.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley sounds off on comments that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea play a "boring" style of play, as Burley explains the writing was on the wall when Cesc Fabregas chose Chelsea over Arsenal.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley sounds off on comments that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea play a "boring" style of play, as Burley explains the writing was on the wall when Cesc Fabregas chose Chelsea over Arsenal.

Although Arsenal were spared the ignominy of seeing Chelsea formally clinch the Premier League title at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, they could have been forgiven for forming an impromptu guard of honour at full-time. The 0-0 result confirmed what everybody already knew: Chelsea will be champions.

Curiously, despite sitting joint-second in the table, Arsenal have never really been in the title race. Theirs has been a season of two halves, the first of which was verging upon shambolic.

Since the...