Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley torpedoed defending champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the most sensational opening-weekend results in English top flight history.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane kept Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title hunt as their side torpedoed Arsenal 2-0 while Chelsea maintained their advantage by winning 3-0 at Everton earlier in the day.
Diego Costa's 15th goal of the campaign set Chelsea en route to an eighth straight home league win, rubber-stamped by Gary Cahill's late header
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no doubts a patched up central-defensive pairing of Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma can keep Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane quiet if captain John Terry is unfit for the English Premier League clash.
Community Shield is the curtain-raiser for the season and is played between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup holders
Chelsea F.C. and FC Barcelona were deadlocked 2-2 after full time. In the shootout, the reigning English Premier League champions beat European kings 4-2.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce rued that Chelsea F.C. player Gary Cahill was let off easy after his 53rd minute 'dive.'
Dropped by Spain on Friday to allow him to recover from a string of nagging injuries, Costa started at Anfield and drove home his 10th league goal of the season in the 67th minute after Cesar Azpilicueta's cross was parried out.
Hazard and Chelsea captain Terry both suffered injuries during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, secured thanks to a Frank Lampard double which saw the England midfielder overtake Bobby Tambling's previous all-time club record of 202 goals.
The odds are stacked in favour of the Blues, with the 2-2 draw against Spurs ensuring they sit third, three points ahead of Andre Villas-Boas's side in fifth, and two points clear of Arsenal in fourth.
Benitez, who became the first coach to manage three different teams at a Club World Cup final, hinted that he felt his team were out-muscled by the Copa Libertadores winners during spells of the match. "They were very physical from the first minute, in every challenge, every ball," the Spaniard said.
The loss adds to the recent disappointments for Chelsea, which this month became the first defending champion to be eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. The match at the 68,000-capacity International Stadium in Yokohama was frenetic right from the first whistle with both sides creating several chances as play swung from end to...
Chelsea lost top spot in the English Premier League for the first time in more than two months after conceding a late equalizer to Pablo Hernandez in a 1-1 draw with Swansea on Saturday.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he is resigned to the fact that his international career is over following his controversial omission from England's Euro 2012 squad.
England defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 with a double fracture of the jaw, the Football Association (FA) announced Sunday.
Roy Hodgson picked up his second win as England coach on Saturday but also left Wembley Stadium with two new injury concerns barely a week before the team's European Championship campaign starts.
Kids all over the world dream of playing in the Champions League final, and David Luiz is no different.
Chelsea's Champions League preparations were boosted on Tuesday as David Luiz and Gary Cahill returned to training but Florent Malouda remains "touch and go" for the Munich showpiece.