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 By Phil Lythell

Player Ratings: Eden Hazard shines again but Chelsea slip at Saints

Cesc Fabregas assisted in a fine performance for Chelsea but the Blues couldn't get past Southampton in their 1-1 draw.

A frustrating afternoon for Chelsea saw two points dropped against Southampton with the match finishing 1-1 at St Mary's.

Chelsea will justifiably point to a dreadful decision from referee Anthony Taylor that saw Cesc Fabregas booked for simulation despite clearly being tripped in the penalty area by Matt Targett. Whether the spot kick would have been converted is another question, though given Eden Hazard's sparkling form, it is fair to suggest that the official's blunder cost Chelsea the victory.


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Fernando Torres was a gamble that never paid off for AC Milan

Atletico Madrid have confirmed they will sign former striker Fernando Torres on loan from Milan.

Fernando Torres has proven to be an expensive gamble that has failed to pay off for AC Milan, with the out-of-sorts striker moving back "home" to Atletico Madrid in January.

In turn, this has paved the way for Atleti to allow Alessio Cerci a move back to his homeland as well, with the Rossoneri set to land him in an exchange deal that suits everyone.

Cerci moved to Madrid last summer after impressing for Torino, but he has found his opportunities limited in the Spanish capital while Torres scored...

 By Michael Cox

Chelsea diving debate illustrates larger problem for referees and clubs

Eden Hazard's curler rescued a point, as Southampton held the league leaders to a 1-1 draw.

Top-level managers usually find a way to dictate the media agenda following a disappointing result. After Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho chose to accuse referees of having a 'campaign' against Chelsea, after Cesc Fabregas was harshly booked for diving in the second half.

The incident was unusual. Fabregas, on the right-hand side of the box, was tripped by an accidental challenge by Southampton youngster Matt Targett. The left-back hadn't actually intended...

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#FCtalkingpoints: Prem title, Bale or De Gea, Balotelli, sack race, diving

Cesc Fabregas was yellow carded for simulation in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Southampton, but did he actually dive?

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

It might be hard to believe, but the Premier League is already at the halfway point. After Chelsea looked like early runaway winners, the two teams from Manchester have shown some life and are sitting in second, City, and third, United, respectively. 

Who will win the Premier League?

Jose Mourinho has suggested more than once this...

 By Kevin Palmer

Three Points: Southampton vs. Chelsea

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley reiterates that the Premier League is not a one-horse race following Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Southampton.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 1-1 draw against top-four contenders Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday.

1. One point gained, two points lost

This was a breakthrough result for a hard-working Southampton side as they finally claimed some success against one of the Premier League's big hitters. On the other hand, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could only conclude this was a missed opportunity for his title chasers to secure a huge victory.

A flat and somewhat-jaded...

 By Nick Ames

Three Points: Chelsea ease to victory vs. West Ham

Diego Costa was on target in a 2-0 win as Premier League leaders Chelsea were too much for the Hammers to handle.

LONDON -- John Terry and Diego Costa scored as Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable win over West Ham. Here's a trio of observations on Chelsea's 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

1. Chelsea are back in the groove

This Boxing Day game was effectively wrapped up when Diego Costa, seizing onto Eden Hazard's pass after Cheikhou Kouyate had given the ball away, sent three defenders in one direction with a swerve of the hips and flashed an irresistible second goal across Adrian with his left...