‘No time to cry’: Premier League now only focus for Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — With no distractions from cup competitions, Chelsea’s path to the Premier League title is clear with 11 games to go — starting on Sunday against Southampton. The Blues were eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, less than two weeks after winning the League Cup. “The same players, they have to go[…]

After Chelsea’s exit, English clubs face European humbling

LONDON (AP) — Exiting the Champions League was painful for Jose Mourinho but there was no sense of injustice. The Chelsea manager was uncharacteristically restrained, with no attempt to excuse an abject performance against a Paris Saint-Germain side reduced to 10 men for most of Wednesday’s game. Chelsea lacked defensive organization and attacking resolve against[…]

Chelsea on a high for the Champions League visit of PSG

LONDON (AP) — With a title already secured and their Premier League title prospects enhanced, Chelsea’s players have enjoyed a strong start to March. “There is a great buzz around the place,” Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said. “The (League) Cup final was huge in terms of the atmosphere around the club and the dressing room.”[…]

Liverpool held 0-0 by 2nd-tier Blackburn in FA Cup quarters

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool was held 0-0 by second-tier Blackburn in the FA Cup quarterfinals as the Premier League’s in-form team lost its attacking sparkle at Anfield on Sunday. Blackburn came close to causing a huge shock, dominating parts of the first half after an eight-minute delay early in the game following an injury[…]