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The Blues boss refused to criticise Romelu Lukaku for his performance against Manchester City on Saturday
The 35-year-olds have both harboured thoughts of retirement after their February 19 meeting.
Edouard Mendy was named the best goalkeeper in the world at Fifa’s awards ceremony on Monday night. The ceremony for The Best awards for 2021 saw Chelsea scoop three honours, including Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes as the coaches of the year. After backlash against his snub from the Ballon d’Or award longlist, Senegalese shot-stopper Mendy was named The Best Men’s Goalkeeper, beating Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Neuer in the vote.
Crystal Palace are reconsidering their decision to potentially allow Jean-Philippe Mateta to leave the club this month. There is interest in the striker from his homeland France in a loan deal until the end of the season, but a recent upturn in form may see him stay at Selhurst Park. Mateta has two goals in his last four games across all competitions and was turned to by manager Patrick Vieira ahead of Burnley target Christian Benteke during the 1-1 draw with Brighton, playing a role in Conor Gallagher's fine goal.
England kept their hopes of a first Quad Series title alive after overcoming an eight-goal deficit to defeat New Zealand 49-46 and book their spot in the final
There were nine pre-season friendlies this weekend, including Championship club Bradford beating Hull in Danny Brough's testimonial match.
The multi-format Women’s Ashes series is set to get under way on Thursday with the first of three T20 internationals.
Swinton have announced winger Reece Hamlett has had his contract terminated by mutual consent to concentrate on employment away from rugby league.
Djokovic leaves Australia after failing to overturn decision from the government to cancel his visa.
Watford are one position and a single point better off than Norwich in the Premier League.
Dusan Vlahovic is available for transfer this month after reports in Italy detailed Fiorentina’s plans to cash in on the Serbian striker. Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid have all been linked with the forward and the Gunners are said to have launched a £50million player-plus-cash bid. Also on their radar is the surprising name of Diego Costa, according to reports in Brazil, with Mikel Arteta desperate to bolster a squad which was deemed unable to face Tottenham in today’s North London derby.
Everton have sacked Rafael Benitez after six months in charge. Benitez leaves Goodison Park after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Norwich left Everton 16th in the Premier League after nine defeats in their past 12 games. Everton’s travelling fans demanded that Benitez “get out of our club” during the Norwich defeat.
Xavi backs the decision to sell Ousmane Demebele after Barca exit the Copa del Rey.
As Africa’s highest-ranked team and with a star-studded squad boasting the likes of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, much was expected from the beaten 2019 finalists in Cameroon. While four points will surely already be enough to see them safely into the last-16, Senegal will want to ensure they win the group and drive some momentum before the knockout stages. Guinea face Zimbabwe at the same time, so any further slip-ups will surely be punished.
The Spaniard has backed the club's integrity in light of the postponed game against Spurs
With Ajax reportedly interested in the 24-year-old, Conte was quick to laud Wednesday's match winner.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has laid bare the fears inside Chelsea after their miserable slump continued at Brighton last night. A 1-1 draw at the Amex was a fourth Premier League game in a row without a win as the pressure grows on Thomas Tuchel to turn their season around. The pressure could really mount on Tuchel if Spurs secure a win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
IOC’s new transgender guidance criticised as unfair towards female sport
Hopes that Cameron Norrie would begin 2022 where he left off last season were dashed as the British No1 suffered a 6-3 6-0 6-4 defeat to Sebastian Korda in the opening round of the Australian Open. Korda, the son of former Australian Open champion Petr, is seen as one of the rising stars of the game but No12 seed Norrie never got into the match. At one point, the Briton lost nine consecutive games in a thoroughly one-sided contest.
Jota scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.