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Chelsea saved by 7/10 Kepa and Azpilicueta as Brighton grab draw with wonder strike

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Chelsea failed to significantly close the gap on third-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion at the AmEx on Wednesday.

Cesar Azpilicueta gave his side the lead after just nine minutes when he tucked away a loose ball after Tammy Abraham's effort was cleared off the line, but Alireza Jahanbakhsh rescued a point for the hosts with a brilliant overhead kick in the 84th minute.

Positives

Chelsea deserve credit for some excellent...

Azpilicueta beaten to equaliser in 5/10 showing as Chelsea drop points vs. Leicester

Chelsea threw away the chance to get their first win of the season with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. An early first-half strike from Mason Mount gave the Blues a slim lead for 60 minutes, before Wilfred Ndidi beat Cesar Azpilicueta in the air to equalise from a corner.

Positives

Chelsea started like a house on fire, pressing the Foxes' backline relentlessly and winning the ball back tirelessly. It paid off, with Mount opening the scoring inside just seven...

Chelsea boss Sarri gets 1/10 after playing into Guardiola's hands in City thrashing

Manchester City handed Chelsea their heaviest defeat since 1991 as a first-half blitz won the game for the Premier League champions inside the first 25 minutes, with Sergio Aguero completing his hat trick in the second half and Raheem Sterling netting a late second to complete a 6-0 win.

Positives

At least Chelsea have the Carabao Cup final to look forward to...oh.

Negatives

This was a defeat to raise questions about the entire Maurizio Sarri project. Chelsea came to the Etihad Stadium, tried...

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta signs contract extension to 2022

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2022.

The Spain international moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has captained the side on several occasions this season in the absence of permanent skipper Gary Cahill.

"I am really happy to extend my stay here at Chelsea," Azpilicueta said. "Since I came, I felt the joy and responsibility to play for this club, these fans, and every time I go on the pitch I try do my best.

"Hopefully...

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta to sign long-term extension - sources

Chelsea or Celtic? Neymar or Mbappe? We put our very own Craig Burley on the spot in the latest edition of 'You Have To Answer.'

Cesar Azpilicueta has agreed a new long-term extension to his Chelsea contract that commits him to the club until at least June 2022, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

A formal announcement of the deal -- which will reportedly see Azpilicueta's wages rise to around £150,000-a-week -- is expected in the coming days.

Azpilicueta, whose previous deal ran to the summer of 2020, follows Marcos Alonso and N'Golo Kante in committing his long-term future to Chelsea in recent weeks.

Chelsea's top priority...

Premier League picker: One rival player taken to help each 'Big Six' club

As strong as the Premier League's "Big Six" are, they all have areas they need to improve. But what if each club was allowed to pick a player from a rival to fill their biggest weakness? Without taking transfer fees or personal considerations into account, here's who they might choose.

ARSENAL: Virgil van Dijk

Given that this Arsenal team is a work in progress under new manager Unai Emery, it's admirable how well they're doing. That said, their fans would be forgiven for closing their eyes...