Dan Levene


Dan Levene is a journalist of 20 years standing, who has covered the soap opera of Chelsea Football Club for more than a decade. In that time he has reported on the reigns of 10 managers, and a haul of 15 trophies - from Wycombe to Yokohama, via Munich.
  • N’Golo Kante Is The Foundation Of Chelsea’s Success

    In a sport where marginal gains bring much success, N'Golo Kante is the clear difference between champions and their chasers – says Dan Levene. It was a trivia question that came up in a Wolverhampton pub last weekend: who are the only two men to win a league title in two consecutive seasons, with two different clubs? (Answer later). N'Golo Kante, who had earlier in the evening been a sub for Chelsea as they stepped past Wolves in the FA Cup, could be set to join an auspicious shortlist come May. ...

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  • Chelsea: Antonio Conte’s Expectation Management Is A Great Asset

    Expectations can be a dangerous thing in football – that's why Antonio Conte has been right to manage them throughout this season. ...

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  • Antonio Conte’s Gentle Handling Of John Terry Has Been Exemplary

    Predecessors have tried, and failed: how has Antonio Conte managed to acclimatise Chelsea to a life after John Terry? In years past, any manager who dared question the untouchable status of Chelsea's 'Captain, Leader, Legend' has ended up on very thin ice. Andre Villas-Boas' naïve, bull-in-a-China-shop approach to taking on the Blues' old order ended in personal carnage. Rafael Benitez was despised by fans before a ball was kicked under his stewardship, but his attempts to write-off Terry's career added only further nails to his own coffin. And movements by senior Chelsea figures last season to push him into the contract dead-zone, Jose Mourinho included, resulted in uproar – and, eventually, a new deal. ...

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  • David Luiz: A Confession…

    First things first: I got it wrong about David Luiz. His August deadline day return to Chelsea had looked like a panic buy: a desperate flick through the contacts book to recall a player famous for much character, a wacky personal style, and tendency to zone-out of games at just the wrong moment. ...

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  • The Inside Track: Chelsea Looking To Rejig Goalkeeping Situation

    Thibaut Courtois says he's happy at Chelsea, but Antonio Conte's back-ups for the Belgian are a more troublesome matter right now. The Belgian is a man who has been difficult to please since taking over from Petr Cech as the Blues' number one, two and a half seasons ago. Often a little careless with his talk, he now appears to be right on the message. ...

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