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NEIL BARNETT - ROTATION THE JOSE WAY
With Frank Lampard getting a rest for the first hour at Blackburn in the Carling Cup, and Andriy Shevchenko missing the last two games, Michael Essien is now the only player to have started every match this season.
DROGBA AND SHEVA TRAVEL TO BARCA
Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko are in the 20-man Chelsea squad which has travelled to Barcelona this afternoon.
MATCH REPORT: SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 CHELSEA 2
Goals from Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack, and a penalty save by Hilario, gave Chelsea a fifth win in a row, a sixth away win in a row, and a 12th consecutive game without defeat.
MINUTE DETAIL : SHEFFIELD UNITED v CHELSEA
Barclays Premiership, Saturday October 28th 2006 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
TEAM NEWS: SHEFFIELD UNITED V CHELSEA
Hilario retains his place in goal with Carlo Cudicini returning to the bench. Neither Andriy Shevchenko nor Ashley Cole have travelled.
CUDICINI TRAVELS TO SHEFFIELD
Carlo Cudicini is back in the squad for the first time since being knocked unconscious at Reading two weeks ago.
REACTION: COMFORTABLE CHELSEA HAPPY FOR COLE
After Joe Cole had capped his first start since pre-season injury with a goal of trademark ball skills ? assistant manager Steve Clarke welcomed the player's return to near full active service at Blackburn.
MATCH REPORT: BLACKBURN 0 CHELSEA 2
Joe Cole scored on his first start of the season, and Salomon Kalou scored his first Chelsea goal after he had made Cole's. Chelsea strolled into the fourth round of the Carling Cup once the battle had been fought.
MINUTE DETAIL: BLACKBURN 0 CHELSEA 2
52 GOAL Chelsea take the lead with a move packed with skill. Joe Cole back-heels in from two yards out from Kalou's low ball. Cole had started the attack, controlling and shielding the ball before releasing Kalou on the right. The Ivorian plays the ball one side of McEveley and runs the other before playing it in.
MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 2 PORTSMOUTH 1
Chelsea new boys came good as Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack scored second-half goals to secure a thoroughly deserved win in a scintillating game of football.