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Chelsea's latest defeat a microcosm of their season, a massive blow to their top-four hopes

Everton pushed Chelsea's chances of finishing in the top four further into jeopardy with goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Steve Nicol shares his doubts on Chelsea's top-four chances, citing their lack of chemistry and disconnectedness between midfield and defence.

LIVERPOOL, England -- One step forward, two steps back. If Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri had felt the worst of a turbulent season was behind them, then the Blues' 2-0 loss to Everton was a sobering reminder that the toughest reckoning may yet be to come. Chelsea, who for a time seemed to have been cleansed by the experience of their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, have stalled again at the worst possible moment. A place in the top four now lies squarely out of their hands and, in the eyes...

Hazard's influence wanes as Chelsea waste chances in defeat at Everton

Everton pushed Chelsea's chances of finishing in the top four further into jeopardy with goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Ross Barkley endured an unhappy return to Goodison Park as goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson struck to help Everton win 2-0 and deal another significant blow to Chelsea's chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League.


Chelsea were excellent in the first 45 minutes without scoring, pinning Everton back with possession, moving their defence around and creating several good chances. There are signs that Maurizio Sarri's system is working -- up...

LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid bid for Chelsea's Hazard with Zidane back

Sid Lowe explains how Real Madrid convinced Zinedine Zidane to return as manager and how he and the club plan to navigate their current issues.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals, and keep track of who has joined the big boys. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Real Madrid make first move for Hazard

Zinedine Zidane's return to Real Madrid has left Chelsea facing more worries about the future of Eden Hazard, according to the Telegraph.

Hazard is set to enter the final 12 months of...

Zidane's return to Real Madrid puts him on long list of managers returning to former clubs

Craig Burley tells Alexis Nunes what Zinedine Zidane will give to Real Madrid for the remainder of the season and for the future.

They say you should never go back, but seemingly that rule doesn't apply to football managers, who are always returning to their former stomping grounds.

With Zinedine Zidane returning for a reclamation project at Real Madrid just nine months after leaving the post, it got us thinking about other managers who went back to the site of past glories. Whether it is a nostalgic reappointment or a desperate "Hail Mary" salvage job, the top end of the sport is positively awash with coaches who couldn't...

David Luiz 5/10 as Chelsea's defence disappoints in draw with Wolves

Eden Hazard proved to be Chelsea's savior again as the Belgian superstar scored in the 92nd minute to cancel out Raul Jimenez's goal for Wolves.

LONDON -- Eden Hazard's late goal could not prevent Chelsea failing to capitalise on the stumbles of their Premier League top-four rivals as Raul Jimenez's second-half strike ensured Wolves claimed a deserved and impressive 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea never stopped trying to find a way through the Wolves defence and a moment of quality from Hazard ultimately made the difference, while Maurizio Sarri also showed willingness to go to a more attacking formation in search of an...

Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi shine as Chelsea thrash Dynamo Kiev

Olivier Giroud didn't score but he was Chelsea's best player again on a European night.

LONDON -- Goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi secured Chelsea a dominant 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge that ensures Maurizio Sarri's men will head to Ukraine next week with one foot already in the last eight. Of the Europa League.


Chelsea will head to Kiev next week well in control of this tie, and there was little at Stamford Bridge to suggest another huge European shock could be on the cards. Sarri also got to rest Eden Hazard and several other regulars who...