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  • League leaders Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the EPL 1 week ago

    London: Chelsea maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. Both teams were reduced to 10 men in a dramatic end to the first half that had earlier seen Oscar open the scoring. The Brazilian midfielder put the visitors ahead...
  • Fabregas pleads for patience as Spain criticism mounts October 12, 2014

    Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit back at criticism levelled against Spain's new-look team and pleaded for time following a surprise Euro 2016 qualifying defeat by Slovakia. Spain have introduced several new players after they failed to defend their World Cup title in Brazil and results have been mixed, with a victory...
  • Costa banking on Fabregas link to help end Spain drought October 6, 2014

    Diego Costa has yet to open his account for Spain in five appearances, a perplexing state of affairs given his prolific form for Atletico Madrid last season and his blistering start at Chelsea. The Brazil-born forward, who turned his back on the country of his birth to play for La Roja,...
  • Mourinho praises 'phenomenal' Fabregas as Arsenal await October 3, 2014

    London: Cesc Fabregas might have been "Made in Arsenal" but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing "phenomenal" football for top-of-the-table Chelsea. As Fabregas prepares to face his old club for the first time, his former manager Arsene Wenger said he passed up a...
  • EPL: The mighty 'Blues' of London September 24, 2014

    One glance across the leading newspapers of England and you will find a popular opinion which seemingly grows with each passing day. "My word, Chelsea are looking strong this year." Backed...
  • Champions League: Chelsea held to a 11 draw by Schalke September 18, 2014

    Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 11 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wakeup call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season. After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for...
  • Spain's rebuilding off to bad start after 10 loss to France September 5, 2014

    Paris: Spain's rebuilding following their shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start, failing even to manage a shot on target as France coasted to a 10 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and...
  • Diego Costa nets double as Chelsea beat Everton 63 in a goalfest August 31, 2014

    Liverpool: Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to lead Chelsea to a 63 win over Everton in a wild shootout Saturday, leaving the title favorites with maximum points from their opening three matches in the Premier League. Chelsea displayed their newfound attacking sparkle with a ruthless performance at...
  • Exclusive: I want to win everything at Chelsea, says Cesc Fabregas August 25, 2014

    After nine glorious years at Arsenal and a threeyear stint with Spanish giants Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas is back to the Premier League fold but this time with Chelsea. The Spaniard, who joined Arsenal as a 16yearold in 2003, scored 57 goals in 303 games for the Gunners and won...
  • Five things to know about the English Premier League August 22, 2014

    Manchester: One round of Premier League games has already backed up many pundits' preseason predictions, notably that Chelsea and Manchester City are title favorites and Manchester United needed more than just a change of manager to arrest their slump. Strengthened by new attacking signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea delivered...
  • Arsene Wenger has no regrets at rejecting Cesc Fabregas return August 21, 2014

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Thursday that it felt strange for him to see Cesc Fabregas playing in a blue Chelsea shirt, but insisted he had no regrets at not resigning him. Wenger told reporters at a news conference that his only regret was that Fabregas had left Arsenal in...
  • Cesc Fabregas master class backs up Mourinho move August 19, 2014

    Lodon: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided a swift demonstration of why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was so keen to bring him back to the Premier League as he orchestrated Monday's 31 seasonopening win at Burnley in commanding fashion. Fabregas spent seven seasons in England with Arsenal before making a move, three...
  • Fabregas impresses, Costa scores in Chelsea's 31 win at Burnley August 19, 2014

    Burnley: New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 31 win at promoted Burnley on Monday. Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game, having a...
  • Exclusive: Lampard and Cole will be missed, says Chelsea skipper Terry August 14, 2014

    John Terry's relentless determination shows no sign of going down. His 20year stint at the Premier League club Chelsea is a living example of that. The most successful captain of all time at Stamford Bridge, the 33yearold Terry has led Chelsea to three EPL titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups...
  • Ramires, Cesc Fabregas fire Chelsea to Hungary win August 11, 2014

    London: Secondhalf goals from Ramires and Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea a 21 win at Ferencvaros in a game to mark the opening of the Hungarian side's new stadium in Budapest. Former West Brom and Fulham player Zoltan Gera had scored the first goal at the new ground on the quarterhour mark...
  • World Cup 2014: Chile clash 'life or death', says Cesc Fabregas June 17, 2014

    Curitiba: Spain's next match against Chile is a matter of "life or death" for the holders' World Cup chances, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said on Sunday. Fellow midfielder Xabi Alonso believes it was the world champions' concentration rather than fatigue that betrayed them as they were hammered 51 by the Netherlands...
  • Chelsea hope new boy Cesc Fabregas will boost firepower June 13, 2014

    Chelsea will be hoping Cesc Fabregas can boost their firepower after the Barcelona midfielder agreed to sign a fiveyear deal with the Stamford Bridge club on Thursday. Fabregas, 27, in Brazil with Spain's World Cup squad, will return to London after leaving Arsenal to rejoin his boyhood club in 2011. Spanish media...
  • Chelsea sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona June 12, 2014

    London: Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea on a fiveyear contract from Barcelona. The 27yearold Fabregas previously played for Chelsea's London rival Arsenal. He says, "I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League" and that Chelsea "match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win...
  • Diego Costa looks healthy as Spain tops El Salvador 20 June 8, 2014

    Landover: Diego Costa's hamstring withstood 74 minutes on a hot and humid afternoon just six days before Spain open the defense of their World Cup title. He showed bursts of speed, jostled with defenders and drew a penalty when he was the knocked to the ground by the goalkeeper. On Sunday,...
  • Pique caught on camera saying Fabregas 'is leaving' Barca June 5, 2014

    Gerard Pique has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas is poised to leave the La Liga side. Fabregas returned to boyhood club Barca in 2011 after an eightyear stint at Arsenal and he has been linked with a move back...
  • Lionel Messi scores brace in Cup on injury return January 9, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi came off the bench and scored twice on his return from injury and Cesc Fabregas also netted a double as Barcelona strolled to a 40 win at home to Getafe in their King's Cup last 16, first leg on Wednesday. Messi was given a rousing ovation by the...
  • Cesc Fabregas bullish on Lionel Messi's return to action January 3, 2014

    Lionel Messi will be "like a bull" when he returns after almost two months out with a thigh injury, his Barcelona team mate Cesc Fabregas predicted ahead of Sunday's La Liga match at home to Elche. Messi flew back to the Catalan capital on Wednesday from his native Argentina, where he...
  • Barcelona survive early scare to beat Cartagena 41 in Copa del Rey December 7, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a double from Pedro helped them fight back to secure a 41 victory at thirdtier Cartagena in their King's Cup last 32, first leg on Friday. Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League and La...
  • Barcelona beat Granada 40 without Messi November 23, 2013

    Barcelona: Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas both earned and converted penalties to help injurybattered Barcelona to a 40 win at home over 10man Granada on Saturday. Injured Lionel Messi watched from the sidelines at Camp Nou as the pair of Spain midfielders took turns drawing fouls from Granada's overly aggressive defenders,...
  • Fabregas, Pique in Barcelona team against Granada November 22, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona say midfielder Cesc Fabregas and defender Gerard Pique have recovered from injuries and will be available for Saturday's game against Granada. While the pair of Spain internationals return, midfielder Xavi Hernandez will not be included in the squad after failing to recover from a muscle strain to his left...
  • Cesc Fabregas back in training for Barcelona November 19, 2013

    Madrid: Cesc Fabregas has returned to training as the Barcelona midfielder continues his recovery from a knee injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday. Fabregas damaged ligaments in his right knee in the 41 win at Real Betis on November 10 and had to withdraw from the Spain squad for...
  • Martino, Fabregas worried over Lionel Messi's latest injury November 12, 2013

    Madrid: FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have expressed concern over the muscle problems affecting striker Lionel Messi. Messi was forced out of his side's 41 win away to Betis on Sunday night with an injury to his left hamstring. It is the latest in a series of...
  • Lionel Messi injured but Barcelona cruise to win at Betis November 11, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to another leg injury but still had more than enough firepower to win 41 at struggling Real Betis and capitalize on a stumble by title rival Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Things looked grim for the defending champions when Messi suffered his third leg injury of the...
  • Barcelona cruise past Celta Vigo, extend lead in La Liga October 30, 2013

    Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas scored two goals and played a part in Alexis Sanchez's opener to steer Barcelona to a 30 victory at Celta Vigo on Tuesday and keep the pressure on the Spanish league leader's title rivals. The defending champion's 10th win in 11 rounds provisionally lifted them four points clear...
  • Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas says Arsenal 'in his heart' October 25, 2013

    London: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal are now looking strong enough to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2004 and he hopes they do because the club "is in my heart". The Spain midfielder, who played 303 games for Arsenal in his eight years there before...