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Premiership: Hull 2-3 Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois was indebted to Loic Remy after his late winner extended Chelsea’s Premier League lead over Manchester City to six points.

The visitors went two goals ahead after Eden Hazard fired in and Diego Costa curled in his 20th of the season.

But Hull replied with two goals in 74 seconds as Ahmed Elmohamady slid in before Abel Hernandez took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Courtois.

Substitute Remy then beat Allan McGregor to score with his first touch.

The goal, which sneaked through McGregor’s legs, papered over an inconsistent display from Jose Mourinho’s side, who went from awesome to awful in the space of 28 first-half minutes.

Courtois will be mightily relieved at Remy’s strike after the Belgium goalkeeper failed to control Branislav Ivanovic’s back pass, inadvertently gifting the ball to the onrushing Hernandez for the equaliser.

And the French striker could become an important figure in the title run-in after he replaced the injured Costa, who had a hamstring problem.

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Premiership: Chelsea 1-1 Man City

Under siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Loic Remy, deputising for the suspended Diego Costa, struck four minutes before the break, but David Silva deflected in Sergio Aguero’s shot to restore parity.

It was no less than City deserved, having had the better of the opening 45 minutes, but the holders could not find a breakthrough in the second period in a 1-1 draw.

The visiting supporters sang “champions of England, we know what we are” throughout, much to the bemusement of Jose Mourinho, who knew a point would consolidate his side’s advantage and be of little assistance to City’s bid to retain the title.

So fuming was Mourinho with Costa’s three-match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can – something which likely only heightened his view of a “clear campaign” against Chelsea – that he stayed silent on the eve of the match.

But, dressed down in his club tracksuit, he stood on the edge of his technical area throughout and questioned every decision which had a hint of being contentious.

City tried to suffocate Chelsea, hoping to expose the fatigue of the additional 30 minutes against Liverpool and the hosts were hemmed into their half for much of the second period.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, came on for City with 14 minutes remaining to applause and the odd dissenting voice.

Lampard scored the equaliser in the September clash between the sides, but was unable to do so on this occasion to leave his former side in pole position for the title with 15 games remaining.

Still City, who halted a run of two straight losses, have not won a Premier League game in the absence of Yaya Toure this season and they are playing catch up in the title fight.

Chelsea’s challenge, meanwhile, is to be boosted by the imminent arrival of Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado, who was in attendance at Stamford Bridge.

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FA Cup: Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Chelsea finish strongly to knock Watford out of FA Cup

Chelsea powered into the fourth round of the FA Cup as second-half goals from Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma completed a 3-0 victory over Watford.

The first half finished goalless and, with the Championship visitors enjoying moments of promise, tension was beginning to build on a freezing afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

But the interval arrival of Willian and Diego Costa from the bench had the desired impact, with the Brazilian plundering the opener and the Spaniard involved in two of the three goals.

The Premier League leaders played most of second half with strikers Didier Drogba, Costa and Remy on the pitch and the fire power eventually told, with Watford’s defence cracking for the first time in the 58th minute.

Remy and Zouma put the result beyond doubt to keep under-strength Chelsea in the hunt for silverware on four fronts and, for all Waford’s endeavour, there was a gulf in class between the rivals.

The underdogs barely touched the ball as Chelsea made a brisk start, almost taking the lead in the seventh minute only for Gary Cahill to stab Andre Schurrle’s free-kick over the crossbar.

Oscar, along with Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta the only three survivors from the New Year’s Day defeat by Tottenham, needed treatment following a heavy collision with keeper Jonathan Bond before groggily rising to his feet.

The one-way traffic continued to flow unchecked into Watford’s half, with Ramires tumbling beneath a well-timed tackle as he darted into the area.

For all their possession, Chelsea were unable to create any clear cut chances as the third-round tie neared the half-hour mark and there were even occasional signs that Watford were warming to the task of claiming a high-profile cup victim.

Sharp reflexes from Bond kept Drogba out as he sought to nod home Remy’s cross and home fans chanted the name of Jose Mourinho after the incensed Blues boss had stalked down the touchline to demonstrate over a clumsy challenge on Ramires.

Mourinho then added his voice to a dispute between Drogba and fourth official Lee Collins – the Ivorian needed a replacement shirt because of a large rip and was forced to wait before rejoining play.

The imposing figure of Drogba continued to cause Watford’s defence the greatest problems, but it was at the home end that panic reigned at the end of the half after Odion Ighalo pulled a low shot inches wide.

Oscar and Schurrle were withdrawn for Costa and Willian at half-time, but the Championship team barely noticed as they surged out of the blocks, with burly captain Troy Deeney making his presence felt.

It was Deeney’s shot that Filipe Luis almost turned into his net as Chelsea were opened up by an incisive attack, although a moment later Bond was forced to deal with an attempt by Drogba.

The keeper could nothing to prevent Willian’s thunderous 58th-minute shot from the edge of the area after Costa and Remy had set up the Brazilian playmaker, who picked his spot and drilled the ball home.

Watford’s hopes were as good as over 11 minutes later when Costa’s shot was blocked by Craig Cathcart, the ball falling for Remy to blast past Bond.

And the nerves evident earlier in the half were a distant memory soon after as Chelsea added their third, Zouma heading home Ramires’ pinpoint cross.

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Premiership: Chelsea 3-0 Spurs

Ruthless Chelsea extended Tottenham’s torment at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 win which saw Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten Blues consolidate their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Spurs were bidding for a first win at their rivals’ west London home since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.

There was a sense the visitors had to take an opportunity when enjoying the early supremacy and their failure to do so was punished by two goals in four first-half minutes through Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba.

Drogba, deputising for suspended striker Diego Costa, returned a pass to Hazard, whose shot squirmed under Hugo Lloris to give Chelsea a 19th-minute lead.

Worse was to follow for the France goalkeeper as his dreadful clearance went straight to Hazard, who found Oscar, with the Brazilian playing the kind of pin-point pass Drogba relishes.

The striker’s fifth of the season – and 162nd Chelsea goal – effectively ended the match as a contest and ensured Mourinho’s men would extend their unbeaten start to the season to 21 matches ahead of this weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

Substitute Loic Remy embarrassed the hapless Jan Vertonghen in netting Chelsea’s third to complete a comfortable victory.

It was not all positive for Chelsea as Nemanja Matic will miss the trip to St James’ Park through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign, while Gary Cahill could be a doubt after going off at half-time following an earlier clash of heads.

Chelsea, who lost at Newcastle last season, remain six points clear of second-placed Manchester City, the defending champions, with Spurs 16 points adrift in 10th.

Tottenham, who play Crystal Palace on Saturday, will hope to climb the table before their next contest with Chelsea, on New Year’s Day at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea had failed to score for the first time this term in drawing last Saturday at Sunderland, while Spurs, who lost 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in March, travelled in optimistic mood following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Everton.

Gary Lineker scored the winner when Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge and Kane, born more than three years after that victory, appeared to be on a crusade to emulate the England striker turned Match of the Day presenter.

Cahill appeared groggy after a clash of heads with Vertonghen and was then caught napping as Kane stole a yard on him to meet Aaron Lennon’s cross.

The striker’s header beat Thibaut Courtois, but bounced back off the woodwork.

Kane then dispossessed Cahill on the left wing and ran into the area before firing across goal as Spurs spurned another opportunity.

Chelsea stepped up a gear. John Terry surged to win the ball down the left and fed Willian, who in turn found Drogba.

The striker teed-up Fabregas, whose attempted curling shot was held by Lloris.

Again Chelsea attacked down Spurs’ right as Hazard turned Lennon before finding Drogba, who had his back to goal and held off Federico Fazio with ease.

Lennon neglected to follow the run of Hazard, whose shot beat the unconvincing Lloris at the near post to give Chelsea the lead.

Lloris then presented Hazard with the ball midway inside the Spurs half. Two passes later it was 2-0.

Hazard played it centrally to Oscar, who threaded the ball through to Drogba, who shook off the attentions of Vertonghen and finished with aplomb.

Spurs were deflated.

Drogba needed assistance in departing the field at half-time, but did return for the second half. Cahill did not, with Kurt Zouma on in his place.

Spurs failed to test Kurt Zouma in what had almost turned into a defensive drill for Chelsea, who were content to play on the counter-attack.

Speculative shots were about all Spurs could muster and manager Mauricio Pochettino turned to his bench, with Paulinho and Nacer Chadli replacing ineffective duo Mason and Lennon.

Tottenham still lacked energy and were being outplayed by a 36-year-old veteran.

Drogba was unable to direct Hazard’s fizzing pass towards goal and, despite appearing laboured, managed to out-muscle Fazio before firing straight at Lloris.

The Ivory Coast striker was then granted his leave as Remy came on with 23 minutes to go.

The France striker made his mark six minutes later, receiving the ball in the left channel before brushing off Vertonghen and passing into the corner to complete the rout.

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Champions League: Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor

scored his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they recorded their biggest Champions League win with a dominant victory against Maribor at Stamford Bridge.

Loic Remy swept in the opener but was quickly replaced by Drogba after injuring himself when scoring.

Drogba then converted a penalty before John Terry slid in a third.

A Mitja Viler own goal put Chelsea in command before Eden Hazard scored a penalty and drove in a late sixth.

Agim Ibraimi hit the post with a penalty for Maribor, but in truth the Slovenians were well beaten.

Chelsea have seven points from three games to sit top of Group G, and will be confident of reaching the knockout stage.

It was almost the perfect win for boss Jose Mourinho, although the injury to Remy was a cause for concern.

With Diego Costa out with a hamstring injury, the Blues could face Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United with Drogba as the club’s only fit first-team striker.

For now, Mourinho will surely be satisfied with another impressive performance from his side which extends their run of wins to 10 from 12 games in all competitions.

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Premiership : Loic Remy could not have failed a medical at Liverpool, says QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers manager says Liverpool must have changed their minds on the transfer and wants France striker to stay at Loftus Road next season

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Harry Redknapp is refusing to believe that Lo¯c R©my’s move toLiverpool collapsed on medical grounds.

Liverpool dramatically pulled out of their £8.5 million move to sign R©my, with the Queens Park Rangers striker understood to have failed a medical.

But QPR manager Redknapp insists R©my could not have failed a medical and claims there must be a different reason for Liverpool going cold on the deal.

There have been suggestions that Fabio Borini’s desire to stay at Anfield resulted in Liverpool going cold on 27-year-old R©my.

“It can’t be a medical reason because he (R©my) never failed a medical, I just can’t believe what I’ve read and heard,” said Redknapp.

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Premiership : Loic Remy : Liverpool agree £8.5m fee with QPR for striker

Liverpool have agreed an £8.5m fee with QPR to sign France striker Loic Remy.

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The bid activated a release clause in the contract of the 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle, scoring 14 Premier League goals.

He is now expected to join the Reds on a pre-season tour in the United States to have a medical and discuss personal terms before completing the move.

Remy was part of the France squad that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

He moved to Newcastle on loan after QPR’s relegation from the Premier League in 2013.

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