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Chelsea
Torres (3)
Luiz (29)
Ivanovic (34)
Lampard (58)
Ramires (75)
Oscar (79)
Hazard (83)
Ramires (90 + 1)
8
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
0
Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

Sun 23 Dec 2012 16:00 (Attendance: 41,363)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V ASTON VILLA

'T was the last game before Christmas, and club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton have been stirring to supply a comprehensive build-up to Sunday's game…


TALKING POINTS
On Sunday we re-enter the Premier League campaign after a three-match absence in cup competitions. Few teams below took of advantage our absence. We were 10 points shy of the leaders following the West Ham defeat and virtually any win will restore our third-place slot.

Chelsea now enter a phase of six league matches that could have a decisive effect on our season. They offer the possibility of improving our tally by 13 points on results against the same opposition last season.

Of these six, one was won (QPR at home) and two drawn (Norwich and Stoke away) in 2011/12. The remainder were defeats, including Aston Villa - winners at the Bridge for the first time since 2002.

KEY STAT
Aston Villa have not won in the capital since their 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve 2011 - a run of five defeats and one draw in all competitions.


The festive programme can be a defining period and twice under Jose Mourinho - in 2004 and 2005 - the Blues achieved four league wins from four at this time of year.

Only two of the next nine games, from Sunderland on 8 December through to Southampton in the FA Cup 3rd round on 5 January, are to be staged at Stamford Bridge. Given the scheduling of this weekend's matches Chelsea may find themselves in seventh place with two games in hand before this game kicks off.

This is Villa's third successive away game and they have scored seven in the previous two.

Three days after this game, on a train-less Boxing Day, Chelsea travel to Norwich City for a three o'clock start, Villa entertain Spurs at 17.30, then Liverpool visit Stoke for a 19.45 match. West Ham's trip to Arsenal the same day has been postponed as a result of strike action over Bank Holiday pay.

Wednesday night's impressive 5-1 Capital One Cup win was the first time Chelsea have scored more than three at Elland Road, and retained our 100% cup success rate versus Leeds. The bad-tempered 1951/52 FA Cup second replay ended in the same scoreline but it was played at neutral Villa Park.

Leeds v Chelsea

At the Bridge we have previously beaten the Whites 7-1 (1935), 6-0 (1933) and 5-0 (1984).

The Blues have now hit 16 goals in three Capital One Cup matches this season.

Before May Villa fans were fond of querying 'Have you won a European Cup?' at Stamford Bridge, having won the trophy themselves in 1982. They will have to chant that at other London clubs from now on.

KEY TWEET
What present would you buy for which Chelsea player this Christmas? #CFCPMB



Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Wigan v Arsenal 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Manchester City v Reading 3pm
Newcastle v QPR 3pm
Southampton v Sunderland 3pm
Tottenham v Stoke 3pm
West Brom v Norwich 3pm
West Ham v Everton 3pm
Liverpool v Fulham 5.30pm - ESPN
Sunday
Swansea v Manchester United 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Chelsea v Aston Villa 4pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League table
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 17 +19 42
2 Man City 17 +18 36
3 Chelsea 16 +11 29
4 Tottenham 17 +5 29
5 Arsenal 17 +13 27
6 Everton 17 +7 27
7 West Brom 17 +3 27
8 Norwich 17 -6 25
Bottom
13 Fulham 17 -1 20
14 Aston Villa 17 -9 18
15 Newcastle 17 -7 17
16 Sunderland 17 -6 16
17 Southampton 16 -10 15
18 Wigan 17 -14 15
19 QPR 17 -15 10
20 Reading 17 -15 9


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TACTICAL BRIEF
Chelsea are seeking revenge for Villa's win here last season. Former Blue Clive Walker suggests how that might come about.

Key battles
'We all heard the talk of jet lag, long-haul travelling coming back from Japan, and sometimes this can be brought up as an excuse - mainly by the media. If it's talked about too much in the vicinity of the training ground, dressing room and the like then players might start to believe it.

'I think they proved that this was not an excuse against Leeds, especially in the second half when people might have expected them to tire or have their heads down. Once the adrenalin kicked in with the equaliser early in the second half, tiredness was a thing of the past. They knew it mattered to the supporters to beat Leeds, and they showed they cared too.

'You always need your big players to step up when you need them. Juan Mata certainly did that on Wednesday; he was on the ball more, found lots of space and pulled the strings. Then the others started to fill in and it seemed like a question of patience and time - that's a lesson that will serve the team well over the entire season, and in games such as this one against Aston Villa.

'Footballers see this part of the season as a time to be disciplined. The modern player knows things can go quickly wrong during the festive period, not only with the team but also individually. They are also aware that if they're in a good position in the league they want to be in a similar place when the league takes a breather and the FA Cup third round comes along.

'Frank Lampard may have played himself in to a start against Villa. He was at his best against Leeds and he has put the injury behind him. The timing of his return could not have been better for the sake of the team. With him and Ramires, back from suspension, it gives a solid base in holding positions.

'Also available is Gary Cahill, who started his career at Villa but has scored quite a few goals against his old side since. He may also start but Rafa Benítez will look at the boys in training and make the decision about who plays at the back.

'Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann (pictured below) are becoming a decent pair upfront for Villa. The power of Benteke and the pace of Weimann are almost the perfect double act. They are young and lack experience, but shear enthusiasm will mean we will have to keep our concentration for the full 90 minutes - we saw again at Elland Road what happens when we don't.

Kakuta and Weimann


'Paul Lambert is beginning to impose his style on Villa but it is a slow process because of the balance of his team and the precarious position they have found themselves in the league.

'His team ethics change according to the opposition and whether it's home or away - he can sometimes go out to negate the hosts away from home. It seems clear he has an idea as to how he eventually wants his team to play, but they are not ready for that style week in and week out.

'In Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses, Mata - who should all be confident after that test of nerve at Leeds - we have the creative players to break down a defensive side. You would also hope that, increasingly, we have the experience and nous to overcome the barriers teams place in front of us.

'The biggest weakness Villa have is the lack of experience of the team and of the manager at the highest level. Of course, they are gaining experience all the time and if he can keep them together in a couple of years they may have something. But all teams that lack good solid, experienced players will have blips along the way.

'Rafa will probably have in mind a certain number of target points over this busy period. We may look at certain matches and think we will take all the points but we cannot take that as a given.

'He seems to be doing the right thing, taking each game as it comes and picking and rotating the players accordingly. We have a great squad and he will want the freshest players on the pitch at all times.

'The 11 must always have a good balance. It is a tough job for the manager to get this right through this festive period unscathed. Let's hope he does.'

Squad fitness news
John Terry and Oriol Romeu (knees) are out and Ryan Bertrand (groin) will have a late fitness test.

For Villa, midfielder Stephen Ireland returns from illness but defender Ron Vlaar (calf) and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh) are doubts.

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WE HAVE HISTORY
Aston Villa remain potential adversaries in the Capital One Cup. The last time the two sides met outside the requisite league fixtures was in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley that the Londoners won 3-0.

A fortnight earlier Martin O'Neill's side visited the Bridge in the league. The Midlanders enjoyed a false dawn when John Carew equalised Frank Lampard's early goal, but our midfielder hit the net three more time (two from the spot) as Carlo Ancelotti's men tore through the visitors.

Chelsea v Villa


Lampard became the club's third-highest goalscorer that day. Florent Malouda (two) and Salomon Kalou completed a remarkable 7-1 scoreline. John Terry wore the captain's armband for a record 325th time on the occasion of his 450th appearance.

Villa's surprise victory at Stamford Bridge last season was their first here since May 2002. It ended Chelsea's unbeaten home run against the Villans of seven wins and three draws.

The Blues have scored 21 goals against Aston Villa on their last six visits to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.


Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2001/02 - Villa won 3-1
2002/03 - Chelsea won 2-0
2003/04 - Chelsea won 1-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 2-1
2006/07 - Drew 1-1
2007/08 - Drew 4-4
2008/09 - Chelsea won 2-0
2009/10 - Chelsea won 7-1
2010/11 - Drew 3-3
2011/12 - Aston Villa won 3-1

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Other match last season
31 March 2012 Barclays Premier League
Aston Villa……..….2 Chelsea………..……4
Collins 76                   Sturridge 8
Lichaj 79                     Ivanovic 50, 82
                                     Torres 90+1
                   Att: 34,740


Chelsea v Aston Villa in all competitions
Games played 144
Chelsea wins 54
Villa wins 56
Draws 34


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 65
Chelsea wins 33
Villa wins 19
Draws 13


Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
27/03/2010- Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa
19/09/1931 - Chelsea 3-6 Aston Villa


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea won at home in the Premier League:78
Aston Villa won in London: 358
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,773
Liverpool won the league: 8,268

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CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea have used 20 players in the Barclays Premier League this term, fewer than any other club.

Chelsea have won seven points from the last 24 available, one win in the last eight.

West Ham was the only occasion this season, out of 10, we have opened the scoring in the Premier League and went on to lose the game.

Only Stoke, with eight, have kept more clean sheets than Chelsea's six.

Last six results
Dec 1 West Ham (a) L 1-3
Dec 5 FC Nordsjaelland (Champions League h) W 6-1
Dec 8 Sunderland (a) W 3-1
Dec 13 Monterrey (Club World Cup SF, Japan) W 3-1
Dec 16 Corinthians (Club World Cup final, Japan) L 0-1
Dec 19 Leeds (League Cup QF a) W 5-1


Premier League scorers
Mata 6, Torres 6, E Hazard 3 (1 pen), Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3 (2 pens), Cahill 2, Cole 1, Moses 1, Ramires 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1. Total 28


League games since
A home win: 4
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 3


Chelsea's next three games
Wed 26 Dec Norwich City away 3pm
Sun 30 Dec Everton away 1.30pm
Wed 2 Jan Queens Park Rangers home 7.45pm



MILESTONES

Frank Lampard is now equal with Bobby Tambling as our top league scorer in top-flight matches, with 129 goals.

If selected, Sunday will be Lampard's 500th Premier League start (367 for Chelsea, 132 for West Ham).

If selected and fit, Daniel Sturridge will make his 50th start for Chelsea.


ASTON VILLA STATS
Formed
1874

Major trophies
7 League championships, last in 1981
1 European Cup in 1982
1 UEFA Super Cup in 1982
7 FA Cups, last in 1957
5 League Cups, last in 1996
1 shared Charity Shield in 1981


Aston Villa's best season in the Premier League was runners-up in 1992/93 with 74 points, 10 behind champions Man Utd and two above third-placed Norwich.

Villa's starting XI against Liverpool last weekend was the youngest in the Premier League this season. They averaged 23 years 309 days old.

They are unbeaten in five Premier League games, conceding only two goals. Their last defeat was at the Etihad against Manchester City on 17 November.

No team has scored fewer than Aston Villa's 15 Premier League goals in 17 games.

Paul Lambert's side have gained only one point from losing positions this term.

Villa have won eight points from a possible 27 on the road this term - two wins at Sunderland in November and Liverpool last weekend, draws at Newcastle and QPR and defeats at West Ham, Southampton, Tottenham, Fulham and Manchester City.

It is 55 matches since Aston Villa won consecutive Premier League games.


Manager Paul Lambert
Days in charge: 204
Played 21
Won 8
Drawn 6
Lost 7



Villa's last 10 year Premier League history
Pts Pos
2002/03 45 16th
2003/04 56 6th
2004/05 47 10th
2005/06 42 16th
2006/07 50 11th
2007/08 60 6th
2008/09 62 6th
2009/10 64 6th
2010/11 48 9th
2011/12 38 16th

 

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Last six results
Nov 24 Arsenal (h) D 0-0
Nov 27 Reading (h) W 1-0
Dec 1 QPR (a) D 1-1
Dec 8 Stoke (h) D 0-0
Dec 11 Norwich (League Cup a) W 4-1
Dec 15 Liverpool (a) W 3-1



2012/13 Premier League scorers
Benteke 5, Weimann 3, Bent 2, Agbonlahor 1, Clark 1, El Ahmadi 1, Holman 1, Lowton 1. Total 15.

League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 2


VILLA'S MAJOR SUMMER MOVES AND AUTUMN LOANS
Ins
Christian Benteke (Genk, £7m), Matthew Lowton (Sheffield United, £3m), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord, £3m), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough, £2.5m), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, £2m), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, free), Jordan Bowery (Chesterfield, £500,000), Ashley Westwood (Crewe, £2m)
Outs James Collins (West Ham, £2.5m), Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland, free), Emile Heskey (released), Jean Makoun (Rennes, loan), Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, loan), Stephen Warnock (Bolton, loan), Alan Hutton (Nottingham Forest, loan), Habib Beye (released).


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Phil Dowd is the official for his second Chelsea game this season, the other being our 2-0 win against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge in August


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
John Mikel Obi is suspended (third of three)

From 1 January onwards, a player will need to accrue 10 yellow cards before he is handed a suspension (five yellows will lead to a warning as to his future conduct rather than a ban). Whereas the suspension for five yellows before 31 December is one game in length, suspension for 10 yellows is two matches, although that only applies until the second Sunday in April.

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Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 13
    Victor Moses
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution

Substitutions

  • 35
    Lucas Piazon Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 21
    Marko Marin
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
Shots on Target
18
4
Shots off Target
6
3
Corners
8
4
Fouls
6
11
Most fouls
Torres
Herd
2
4
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Aston Villa

  • 22
    Bradley Guzan
  • 31
    Chris Herd
  • 6
    Ciaran Clark
  • 32
    Nathan Baker
  • 34
    Matthew Lowton
  • 25
    Barry Bannan
  • 15
    Substitution Ashley Westwood
  • 30
    Substitution Eric Lichaj
  • 26
    Andreas Weimann
  • 14
    Substitution Brett Holman
  • 20
    Christian Benteke

Substitutions

  • 21
    Substitution Jordan Bowery
  • 16
    Fabian Delph
  • 12
    Marc Albrighton
  • 7
    Substitution Stephen Ireland
  • 8
    Karim El Ahmadi
  • 1
    Shay Given
  • 27
    Substitution Joe Bennett

CHELSEA v ASTON VILLA - 23/12/12

Chelsea vs Aston Villa Highlights

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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 8 ASTON VILLA 0

Summary
Christmas came slightly early at the Bridge as the Blues turned on the style, especially in the second half of this one-sided encounter.

Seven scorers supplied the eight goals with Fernando Torres setting the team on its way with a fine early header. David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-0 by the break and after the interval Frank Lampard scored his 130th Chelsea top-flight league goal to set a new club record.

Substitutes Ramires, with two, and Oscar, also found the net, as did Eden Hazard, and we also had the luxury of one missed penalty. At the other end Petr Cech kept a clean sheet with a superb save on to the crossbar.

Team news
David Luiz lined up in midfield for a second time in a Chelsea shirt. Lampard also started and captained the side. The three midfielders ahead and the striker were the same as the Club World Cup final - so Victor Moses, Juan Mata and Hazard lined up behind Torres.

Ivanovic was in central defence alongside Gary Cahill with Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.

Aston Villa, seeking consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in 56 matches, were unchanged from their victory at Anfield.

First half
With Chelsea looking to build on the win at Sunderland in our last league game, and the cup victory at Leeds in our most recent outing, the first 45 minutes couldn't have gone a lot better.

Petr Cech was a near spectator throughout and in attack, although we didn't create the bucket-load of chances in the first period that we saw in the second, we took a good percentage of those that did come our way before the break.

Lampard, making the 500th Premier League start of his career, had the chance to test Brad Guzan very early on after Torres had been illegally impeded when the ball was played forward for the first time.

That free-kick was drilled in to the wall but the lively pre-Christmas crowd did not have to wait long for something to celebrate. The Villa marking was not tight as Azpilicueta sent a cross over with just two minutes on the clock but Torres was still a good 15 yards out as he met the ball. The header was worthy of Kerry Dixon in his pomp and found the top corner of the Shed End net with the Villa keeper's arms flailing.

Chelsea v Villa

The next opportunity did take a while coming. Moses won a corner with some direct running but that only resulted in a Villa break that was dealt with comfortably enough once it reached our half.

David Luiz and Mata cut through the Villa defence with an exchange of passes with 18 minutes played but the Spaniard was loose with his touch and lost the chance to shoot. Moses picked up the pieces but no one could apply a touch to his pacy cross.

Midway through the half there was a Chelsea shout for a penalty after Baker draped an arm over the front of Torres as Cole chipped the ball towards the centre-forward, but Phil Dowd played on.

The ref was more accommodating when Hazard was chopped to the turf by Herd just five yards outside the Villa area. Lampard was again one of the players lining up behind the free-kick but this time David Luiz off quite a short run-up tried his luck. The strike was perfect and the Blues were 2-0 up with 28 minutes played.

A set piece was Villa's undoing again five minutes later, this time a corner. It fell to the feet of Cahill who turned sharply and shot. Guzan did very well to keep that effort out, especially as it took a deflection, but he was grounded as Ivanovic pounced to head home from a few yards out.

Chelsea v Villa

Villa's reshaped three-man defence had been credited with playing a major part in their recent revival in results but today they looked full of errors. Passes out from the back were going astray and men were left unmarked. David Luiz tried to make it 4-0 before the break with a dig from distance but Guzan was able to pouch it.

Second half
It took a very impressive save from Guzan four minutes after the restart to keep out a fourth Chelsea goal. This time he tipped over Mata's shot with next to no time to react after Moses's cross, intended for Torres, had deflected into the path of our no.10.

The keeper had an easier job in catching Lampard's bouncing half-volley soon after but the Chelsea one- and two-touch moves were beginning to flow. Moses and Mata had the crowd purring with one combination but Torres couldn't reach the cross at the first time of asking, and was offside when he did put the ball in the net moments later.

Moses should have scored when put through by Hazard but Lampard did find the net in trademark style with 58 minutes played. Given room over 30 yards out, never advisable, he struck his shot low and it bent away from Guzan into the bottom corner.

Lampard had his 190th Chelsea goal and was replaced by Ramires two minutes later to a huge and heartfelt ovation from the Stamford Bridge crowd.

The chances continued to flow - Hazard blasting one over - but then, on 62 minutes, Cech was at last asked to do something - and what a contribution it was! Weimann looked certain to score but his powerful shot was deflected up onto the crossbar by our keeper to the congratulations of the defence who wanted a clean sheet just as much he did.

Guzan clawed out Azpilicueta's shot that was creeping inside the near post and then Oscar, on for Torres, pulled his first shot across the face of goal with Villa exposed by Ramires's pass.

Lucas Piazon was handed his Premier League debut and after just a minute played arguably the pass of the game. Ramires finished it in style with a shot through the keeper's legs.

Chelsea v Villa

The substitutes were taking over and Oscar was fouled by the clumsiest of challenges from Herd with Dowd not hesitating in giving the penalty. Oscar rather than David Luiz took it; he aimed high and found the net.

Hazard's goal which made it 7-0 was the individual effort of the game - his close control leaving Villa chasing shadows before he rifled it into the far top corner.

Chelsea v Villa

Villa were left to pray for the final whistle but before it blew Chelsea both missed a penalty and scored the eighth to equal our best top-flight win.

Piazon was the player fouled for the spot-kick and keeping up the pattern of letting the same player take it, the 18-year-old had the chance for his first Chelsea goal but Guzan saved.

Ramires made no mistake with a carefully placed shot when Oscar attacked the ragged West Midlanders' defence yet again and slipped the ball to his compatriot.

In one fell swoop, Chelsea had drawn level with Manchester City and Manchester United's goal-difference totals. We now trail United at the top by 11 points with a game in hand and City by seven, also with a game in hand.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilcueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; David Luiz, Lampard (c) (Ramires 60); Moses, Mata (Piazon 74), Hazard; Torres (Oscar 67).
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Ake, Marin.
Scorers Torres 2, David Luiz 28, Ivanovic 34, Lampard 58, Ramires 75, 90+1, Oscar pen 78, Hazard 83.

Aston Villa (3-5-2): Guzan; Herd, Clark (c), Baker; Lowton, Westwood (Ireland 56), Holman (Bowery 79), Bannan, Lichaj (Bennett 56); Weimann, Benteke.
Unused subs Given, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Delph.

Referee Phil Dowd.
Crowd
41,363

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SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - MOURINHO

Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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