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Youth dominance yet to produce

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Chelsea's Youth Cup dominance yet to produce senior goods

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.

Chelsea's seniors may be champions in waiting, but their younger brothers already have their crown. Winning their fourth title in six seasons, Chelsea have become the most prolific collectors of the FA Youth Cup since Manchester United's Busby Babes won the first five from 1953 to 1957.

A 2-1 victory closed out in a counterattacking style that would have met Jose Mourinho's approval sealed a 5-2 aggregate victory over Manchester City, and captain Charlie Colkett could lift the trophy to the cheers...

 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...

 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,...

Chelsea grind Arsenal down as John Terry leads defensive master class

Chelsea went 10 points clear atop the Premier League table courtesy of a 0-0 draw with London rivals Arsenal.
The ESPN FC team react to Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal, where Paul Mariner explains Jose Mourinho's side should've scored a few goals, but failed to convert their chances.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts to Arsenal fans calling Chelsea's style of play 'boring' in classic Mourinho fashion.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side did enough to win the game, but didn't make the right decisions in the final third.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses the key match incidents for both Arsenal and Chelsea that led to a scoreless draw at the Emirates.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses the key match incidents for both Arsenal and Chelsea that led to a scoreless draw at the Emirates.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Oscar continued to play on despite going down after a head-on collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, but was taken to the hospital at halftime.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Cesc Fabregas (23') Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Leave it to Chelsea to prolong the slow pull of the Band-Aid off the wound. The identity of the Premier League champion has been as well-kept a secret as the winner of the upcoming FIFA presidential election, yet Chelsea remain intent on extending the pain until they are good and ready for their coronation.

And as excruciating as the Big Tease has become, I can understand Chelsea's reluctance to put the rest of us out of our misery. I mean, who wants to win the title at Leicester on a Wednesday...

 By Mark Worrall

John Terry the real player of the year for Chelsea

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Stuart Holden say winning is the most important thing, and discard the whole argument of Chelsea not playing good football.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho breaks down the stats trying to prove that his side are the best team.

It's a fact that no Chelsea supporter would begrudge Eden Hazard the PFA Player of the Year award he won at Sunday night's glitzy ceremony at London's Grosvenor Hotel.

Having scored 18 goals in all competitions for the Blues so far this season, the fleet-footed 24-year-old Belgium international has been a key player for Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho, and Hazard's outstanding performances have helped propel Chelsea to almost certain Premier League title glory in addition to winning...

Oscar hit raises concussion issue,
Bayern clinch title, fan unrest in Turin

The ESPN FC crew review Everton's comfortable 3-0 win over Manchester United, as Paul Mariner explains Manchester United's leaders did not perform to the best of their abilities.
Referee Michael Oliver had a busy day at the Emirates on Sunday, but the bigger issue involved Oscar's treatment.

Chelsea captain John Terry celebrated at the final whistle Sunday as if the Premier League title had been secured right then and there with that scoreless draw vs. Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Arithmetic says otherwise, but maybe it had been. There's a moment when you know you've won even when, theoretically, your rivals could come back.

Ultimately though, it was a game that will be remembered more for some controversial refereeing decisions than for the football itself, which was OK in the...