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Pulisic and Azpilicueta help Chelsea fend off Lille despite turbulent future

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There had been plenty of criticism for Chelsea since that aborted attempt to move their FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough behind closed doors, plenty of people lining up to kick a club apparently refusing to ...

Romelu Lukaku watches from the margins as Chelsea dismantle Lille

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Stamford Bridge was a crisp, clear, boisterous place at kick-off in this last-16 first leg, the air crackling with a comforting midweek energy under those low white lights. And for the next 90 minutes two things happe...

Neymar turned up against Lille. Why can’t he be like this all the time?

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The lights went out. Neymar, his father and Santos’ club president Luis Álvaro were plunged into darkness. A single chair in the corner remained illuminated. Pointing at it, Álvaro said: “This is the chair of the grea...

Christophe Galtier’s new-look Nice leave Ligue 1 champions Lille in a spin

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The French poet Paul Valéry once wrote that “nothing beautiful can be summarised”. While there is some merit in this idea, it’s hardly a sufficient way to approach football journalism. So, when appraising Christophe G...

European roundup: Lille win at Angers to seal first Ligue 1 title in 10 years

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Lille held their nerve to claim a first Ligue 1 title in 10 years with top goalscorer Burak Yilmaz on target in a 2-1 win at Angers which clinched the championship. Christophe Galtier’s men knew victory on the road wo...