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Chelsea & Spurs battle for Capital One Cup

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Chelsea and Spurs battle for season's first trophy in Capital One Cup final

The ESPN FC panel discuss why despite Tottenham's impressive victory over Chelsea when the sides last met, Chelsea remain heavy favourites in the League Cup Final.

Chelsea and Tottenham will do battle at Wembley this Sunday with the first silverware of the season up for grabs. For Chelsea, it's the first leg of a possible treble, with the Premier League leaders also in the hunt for honours in the Champions League.

In a repeat of the 2008 League Cup final which Spurs won, Mauricio Pochettino's men are vying for the first trophy since then.

It's a London derby at Wembley with more than pride at stake -- a trophy is on the line and Mark Worrall (Chelsea) and...

 By Tony Mabert

Mourinho sparks Matic row, Qatari Christmas, Premier League humbled

The ESPN FC crew give their take as to why some of the top Premier League clubs are struggling in European competition.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley criticises Jose Mourinho's latest comments on a conspiracy against Chelsea.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti answers what would happen if clubs fight FIFA and refuse to release their players for a winter World Cup.
Fabio Cannavaro will appeal a 10-month prison sentence for breaching orders to keep out of his house after it was seized by authorities.
Alessandro Lucarelli says that the Parma team will pay the coach and hotel for the away game against Genoa as computers are removed from the training centre in Parma, Italy.

This week's roundup of the biggest news stories features Jose Mourinho starting another row, a potentially unconventional festive season and the Premier League being put in its place.

1. Christmas in Qatar

Another step in the agonising process toward football's first winter World Cup was made on Tuesday when a FIFA task force recommended that the 2022 tournament in Qatar be held in November and December of that year, with some reports suggesting the event would only end two days before Christmas.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea join Man United in Nathaniel Clyne fray; Pastore to stay at PSG

Nathaniel Clyne has helped spearhead Southampton's remarkable season.
Nathaniel Clyne is one of the hottest defensive names on the Premier League watchlists for Chelsea and Manchester United.

All the latest and greatest rumours and tidbits on the transfer moves teams around the world will be making this summer.

Chelsea join Nathaniel Clyne chase

Manchester United were linked repeatedly to a move for Nathaniel Clyne during the January transfer window, but nary a deal was done. If the interest remains this summer, the Mirror reports that Louis van Gaal will have to battle Chelsea and Jose Mourinho if the want to bring the England international to Old Trafford.

The Southampton right-back...

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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson still wants a piece of Chelsea's Diego Costa

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is not about to let bygones be bygones.

In last month's League Cup semifinal at Anfield, Henderson and Chelsea's Diego Costa clashed in the tunnel after the 1-1 draw, reportedly pushing each other before being separated by a member of Liverpool's coaching staff. 

Henderson was interviewed by former boxing champion Amir Khan in a promotional video for MaxiNutrition, and the future Liverpool captain says he has not forgotten the Jan. 20 incident.


 By Phil Lythell

Jose Mourinho needs a balanced Chelsea midfield in League Cup final

The FA have reduced Nemanja Matic's ban for his sending off in the Premier League to two-matches, meaning the Serbian will miss the League Cup final with Tottenham.

Considering the recent controversies surrounding Chelsea, it's easy to forget that they are actually taking part in a major cup final this coming weekend.

The last couple of weeks have seen some concerning unsavoury incidents involving supporters, inept refereeing performances and the ensuing incomprehensible disciplinary procedures implemented by the Football Association. Sunday's Capital One Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley has played the part of footnote to the greater story of the...

 By Mark Worrall

Mourinho's craftiness in full flow as Chelsea prepare for final

ESPN FC's Craig Burley criticises Jose Mourinho's latest comments on a conspiracy against Chelsea.

When it comes to providing opinions on the beautiful game for football lovers to ponder, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been in sparkling form this month. The wall of silence which preceded, and followed, January's Premier League game with Manchester City has been blown away by a gust of effusive banter from the Portuguese that at times threatens to reach hurricane proportions.

Maybe Mourinho is over-compensating for violating Section K of the Premier League handbook during the build-up and...