Chelsea fail to convince as Tottenham surrender title challenge

Barely 72 hours after an honourable defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao (League) Cup Final at Wembley Chelsea might have been forgiven, although perhaps not by owner Roman Abramovich, for a less-energetic, nervier performance against London and top four rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. As it transpired, Sarri-ball lives to fight another day. Although a chance…

Chelsea pay the price for failing to adequately replace Diego Costa

To call Chelsea a club in crisis is akin to pandering to snowflake-generation hyperbole. To underscore the term 'crisis club' look no further than Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, and Coventry City, not the faltering Roman revolution at Stamford Bridge. There is though a sense that the west Londoners are being left behind in the annual stampede…