“That’s why we’re champions,” crowed the Matthew Harding Stand after César Azpilicueta, awkwardly but decisively, nudged in the goal that in effect settled a breathless affair. In truth Chelsea had also showed plenty of reasons why a repeat of last season’s feat looks a long shot but that analysis will come later: this was, ultimately, a triumph of guts and class on an afternoon when Marco Silva’s fine side had threatened to overrun them. The visitors had overturned Pedro’s…

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