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Stamford Bridge

Thu 04 Apr 2013 20:05 (Attendance: 32,994)


It is a second quarter-final match at Stamford Bridge in four days. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for Russian visitors…

Whenever Russian teams roll into Stamford Bridge older Chelsea supporters talk with reverence and delight about the famous first visit of a Soviet Union side, Dynamo Moscow, in November 1945.

That afternoon friendly, unofficially attended by 100,000 enthralled Londoners after entrance gates were broken, ended in a diplomatic 3-3 draw. The English players, however, were hugely impressed by the pace, movement and passing of the Muscovites.

The same assets have been noted in tonight's visitors from the banks of the River Volga. Their arrival on the continental stage following massive investment was heralded by a 2-1 Champions League win at Camp Nou in 2009. Last season they gave as good as they got against Spurs in the same competition before succumbing home and away to Olympiacos. This season they have already overrun Inter and holders Atlético and edged out Spain's Levante.

Chelsea have won all four previous meetings against Russian teams.

European champions Chelsea have a perfect record against Rubin's compatriots from the Russian Federation, CSKA and Spartak. Yet, unusually, this is the second midweek match in the Blues' schedule this week and only a brave person would predict the starting line-up bar one or two obvious inclusions.

This is the second time the Tatars have reached this stage of the competition. Next week's second leg will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 500 miles west of Tatarstan. Rubin's home pitch in Kazan was ruled unusable by UEFA last week.

Attendances at their games in the Russian capital have been tiny and distinctly unintimidating. With Chelsea likely to have as many if not more supporters in the arena Rubin will be keen to take a positive result into that deciding game.

Formed in 1958, they were promoted to Russia's top flight in 2003 and won their first championship five years later. The Tatars lay sixth in the Premier League going into the FIFA break, having drawn 0-0 at mid-table Terek Grozny.

A 2-0 victory over Lokomotiv on Saturday pushed them up to fourth behind CSKA,Zenit and Anzhi.

How impressed should we be by their wins in Europe this campaign? Atlético coach Diego Simeone has made no secret that the club's priority lies in the Primera rather than defence of its Europa League title.

Atléti had lost the first leg (pictured below) at home 0-2 to Rubin's 10 men (Roman Sharanov being sent off) and fielded a second string team in the second leg. Experienced players such as Juanfran, Godín, Filipe, Tiago, Koke, Gabi and Arda Turan stayed behind when they set off for Moscow, with youngsters making up the numbers. On-loan Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was also rested.

Rubin v Atletico

It was a game of few chances in which the visitors dominated possession, Rubin aiming to capitalise whenever possible on the pace of Salomón Rondón. Falcao scored the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining. Again Rubin had a player sent off - towering central defender César Navas.

The Levante clash was a war of attrition with attacks foundering on strong defences. Rondón broke the deadlock after 190 minutes against the Primera's 10th-placed club. Levante were the better side in Valencia, but lacked efficiency and luck in front of goal. Rubin won 2-0 in extra time in Moscow with 1,800 people present.

Chelsea reached this round through a 3-1 win over Steaua Bucharest (3-2 on aggregate), an eventful evening for Fernando Torres who had his nose broken, netted the winner brilliantly, then missed a penalty.

While choosing his team tonight Rafael Benítez has to factor in Sunday's match at home to a relegation-haunted Sunderland side aiming to impress a new manager.

After Chelsea's 21st victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's team and by qualifying for the FA Cup semi-finals the squad remain on course to play 70 matches this season. Victory over Manchester United on Monday meant the Pensioners had knocked the same team out of both domestic cup competitions for only the fourth time since the League Cup started in the 1960s.

The others were Leeds United in 1969/70, Bolton Wanderers 1971/72 and Blackburn Rovers 2006/07.

So far over this momentous campaign Chelsea have scored 118 times in all competitions. That is already the third highest goals total in our history.

Most goals in a Chelsea season
142 in 2009/10
121 in 1964/65
118 in 2012/13
117 in 1960/61 and 2006/07
112 in 2011/12
110 in 2008/09

Who was the first Russian footballer to score at Stamford Bridge?  #CFCPMB

Tonight's four Europa League ties
Benfica v Newcastle 8.05pm
Chelsea v Rubin Kazan' 8.05pm
Fenerbahçe v Lazio 8.05pm
Tottenham v FC Basel 8.05pm

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This is the third of Chelsea's four games in nine days and the second quarter-final in four. How might the Blues maintain the gruelling challenge on three fronts?

Key battles
Freshness and fatigue in the most hectic period of Chelsea's busiest ever season will no doubt be on the mind of Rafael Benitez.

Some selection decisions are already made for him. Demba Ba is ineligible in this competition and Ashley Cole's hamstring injury against Manchester United added to the injury list of Gary Cahill and Oriol Romeu.

With three Premier League points an absolute necessity on Sunday against Sunderland the Spaniard has difficult selection decisions to make. Ryan Bertrand will surely not make it three games in quick succession, so Paulo Ferreira - who used to play left back for Portugal - may see some involvement. Widemen Victor Moses and Marko Marin could return for one or more of the 'three amigos' Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.

With a relatively free calendar and few fitness concerns, 60-year-old Rubin coach Kurban Berdyev can afford to focus all his thoughts on this tie.


The Tatars have battled their way doughtily to this stage. The pace and muscle of Venezuelan José Rondón have helped make the lone striker his side's top scorer in this competition with five goals.

Two strikes behind him is another danger man, 33-year-old Turkish midfielder Gökdeniz Karadeniz. Like Chelsea's Eden Hazard he disrupts opponents with surging runs down the flank or through the middle, as Inter found to their cost. Chelsea will need to be at our best tracking the diagonal runs and passes the Tatars like to make to find space behind defences.

Rubin have some fire power, but scored six fewer in their Europa League group than the Blues' 16 in the Champions League equivalent. Their main strength, though, lies in a very well-organised defence including two Spaniards, Iván Marcano and César Navas, that conceded seven fewer than the Pensioners in their respective group stages.

Navas began his career with Real Madrid B and almost joined Ipswich in 2007, playing a friendly trial in Crawley. Last year he broke an opponent's jaw by kneeing him in the face.

Discipline could be a factor for a Russian side with less experience of the high pressure end of UEFA competitions. Eight of their players will be suspended for the second leg if they are booked tonight (the same applies to four Chelsea men).

Welcome back to Chelsea old boy Gökhan Töre who played for our youth and reserve sides between 2009 and 2011. He made two sub appearances for Rubin in this season's group stage.

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This is our first ever meeting with Rubin Kazan and the Tatars' only previous encounter with an English team was with Tottenham in last season's Europa League, in which they won at home and lost away.

Chelsea have previously faced two Russian teams, CSKA and Spartak, both from Moscow.

When CSKA played on the Fulham Road in October 2004 the Blues were looking for a third straight win in the Champions League. The game came straight after defeat by Manchester City, it had been announced Romanian striker Adrian Mutu had tested positive for cocaine use and Chelsea were looking for good news on the pitch.

John Terry (pictured below) and Eidur Gudjohnsen (both with close-range headers) were the only goalscorers, although the Muscovites went close through Vagner Love. Petr Cech had to save smartly from the striker and also when the ball rebounded off Gudjohnsen from a CSKA corner. The 2-0 win virtually assured the Blues of qualification for the knockout phase.


Six years later Spartak Moscow played at the Bridge, again in the group stage. A goalless and lack-lustre first period gave little clue of the explosion to come after the break.

Chelsea's Russian left-back/winger Yury Zhirkov, in one of his best showings for the Londoners, helped inspire a 4-1 victory, although Didier Drogba's was the star turn. Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring from a narrow angle, fed by Salomon Kalou, and a foul on Drogba brought a free kick which the Ivorian himself converted.

Drogba turned provider soon after, swinging in a free kick for Branislav Ivanovic to head in for Chelsea's third. The Serbian defender hit a second in stoppage time, shortly after sub Nikita Bazhenov had scored a consolation.

Chelsea's biggest away win in Europe
Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage - 29/09/1971
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg

Rubin's biggest away win in Europe
Zalaegerszegi 0-3 Rubin Kazan 07/07/2007
Intertoto Cup second round first leg

Shamrock Rovers 0-3 Rubin Kazan15/09/2011
Europa League group stage

Chelsea lost at home in Europe: 729
Rubin lost away in Europe: 406
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,874
Liverpool won the league: 8,369

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Chelsea were the only team in the last 16 to advance to the quarter-finals after losing the first leg

The Blues are unbeaten in 11 home European games (nine wins, two draws) since losing to Manchester United in the 2010/11 Champions League quarter-finals.

The Blues are looking to become the only English club to win all three major UEFA competitions having won the Champions League last season and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998. The three clubs who have achieved it are Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich.

This is the 31st successive midweek that our players have either played for the club or been away on international duty. The last clear week all the players were at Cobham training was the last week of August leading up to the Super Cup against Atlético Madrid.

Rafael Benitez has been in charge of 134 UEFA competition games - more than any other coach in this season's quarter-finals.

Chelsea's home record against Russian teams
2004/05 CSKA Moscow W 2-0 Champions League group stage
2010/11 Spartak Moscow W 4-1 Champions League group stage


Chelsea's last ten years in Europe
2002/03 - UEFA Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners


Last six results
Mar 7 Steaua Bucharest (Europa League a) L 0-1
Mar 10 Manchester United (FA Cup a) D 2-2
Mar 14 Steaua Bucharest (Europa League h) W 3-1
Mar 17 West Ham (h) W 2-0
Mar 30 Southampton (a) L 1-2
Apr 1 Manchester United (FA Cup h) W 1-0


Scorers Mata 18, Torres 16 (1 pen), Lampard 14 (5 pens), E Hazard 12 (2 pens), Oscar 9 (1 pen), Ramires 8, Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Moses 6, Ba 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Terry 4, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Marin 1, Romeu 1 (pen), own goals 3. Total 118.


Chelsea's next three games
Sun 7 Apr Sunderland home 3pm
Thu 11 Apr Rubin Kazan (Europa League) away 5pm
Sun 14 Apr Manchester City (FA Cup) Wembley 4pm

Frank Lampard needs two goals to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling on 202.

If selected, David Luiz will play his 50th career European appearance and Petr Cech and Ramires will play their 50th club match of the season.


Major honours
2 Russian league titles in 2008 and 2009
1 Russian Cup in 2012
2 Russian Super Cups in 2010 and 2012

Last ten league seasons
Pos Level
2002/03 1st 2
2003/04 3rd 1
2004/05 10th 1
2005/06 4th 1
2006/07 5th 1
2007/08 10th 1
2008/09 1st 1
2009/10 1st 1
2010/11 3rd 1
2011/12 6th 1

Rubin have not lost in five European away games this season

Rubin's away games against English teams in Europe
2011/12 Tottenham L 0-1 Europa League group stage


Ten-year European record
2002/03 - Did not qualify
2003/04 - Did not qualify
2004/05 - UEFA Cup second qualifying round
2005/06 - Did not qualify
2006/07 - UEFA Cup first round
2007/08 - Intertoto Cup third round
2008/09 - Did not qualify
2009/10 - Europa League round of 16 having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2010/11 - Europa League round of 32 having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2011/12 - Europa League round of 32 having transferred from the Champions League play-offs

2012/13 Europa League results
Group H
Sep 20 Inter Milan (a) D 2-2
Oct 4 Partizan Belgrade (h) W 2-0
Oct 25 Neftçi Baku (h) W 1-0
Nov 8 Neftçi Baku (a) W 1-0
Nov 22 Inter Milan (h) W 3-0
Dec 6 Partizan Belgrade (a) D 1-1
Round of 32
Feb 14 Atlético Madrid (a) W 2-0
Feb 21 Atlético Madrid (h) L 0-1
Round of 16
Mar 7 Levante (a) D 0-0
Mar 14 Levante (h) W 2-0


Europa League proper scorers
Rondón 5, Karadeniz 3, Dyadyun 2, Ryazantsev 2, Kasaev 1, Orbaiz 1. Total 14.

Last six domestic results
Nov 26 Volga Nizhny Novgorod (h) D 0-0
Dec 1 Dinamo Moscow (a) L 0-3
Dec 10 Spartak Moscow (h) L 0-1
Mar 10 Zenit St Petersburg (h) W 1-0
Mar 17 Terek Grozny (a) D 0-0
Mar 30 Lokomotiv Moscow (h) W 2-0




Russian Premier League top eight

Pld Gd Pts
1 CSKA Moscow 22 +23 52
2 Zenit St Petersburg 22 +19 44
3 Anji Makhachkala 22 +10 42
4 Rubin Kazan 22 +10 38
5 Spartak Moscow 22 +7 37
6 Kuban Krasnodar 22 +13 37
7 Dynamo Moscow 22 +5 37
8 Krasnodar 22 +10 34


Referee Gianluca Rocchi, his two assistants and two additional assistants are from Italy. He was the official when we played Valencia in the Champions League group stage at Stamford Bridge last season.

There are no suspensions.
Demba Ba is cup-tied having already played for Newcastle in this season's competition.

Europa League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards.
Chelsea (12): D Luiz 3 (already served his suspension), Bertrand 2, Cole 2, Mikel 2, Ramires 2, Cahill 1.
Rubin Kazan (18): Ansaldi 2, Dyadyun 2, Eremenko 2, Kuzmin 2, Marcano 2, Natcho 2, Ryzhikov 2, Sharonov 2, Kaleshin 1, Orbaiz 1.

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Chelsea v Rubin Kazan (Europa)


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 13
    Victor Moses Substitution
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 21
    Marko Marin Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Rubin Kazan

  • 1
    Sergei Ryzhikov
  • 4
    Gonzalez Cesar Navas
  • 2
    Substitution Oleg Kuzmin
  • 19
    Vitali Kaleshin
  • 3
    Cristian Ansaldi
  • 76
    Roman Sharonov
  • 6
    Pablo Orbaiz
  • 23
    Roman Eremenko
  • 61
    Gokdeniz Karadeniz
  • 66
    Bebras Natcho
  • 22
    Substitution Vladimir Dyadyun


  • 24
    Giedrius Arlauskis
  • 25
    Ivan Marcano
  • 99
    Substitution Jose Salomon Rondon
  • 10
    Substitution Alan Kasaev
  • 55
    Gokhan Tore
  • 8
    Alexander Ryazantsev
  • 15
    Sergey Kisliak


Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan Highlights

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Chelsea 3-1 Rubin Kazan
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
8:13 min


Fernando Torres scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season with Victor Moses netting his seventh to give the Blues a lead to take to Russia next week.

The Spaniard opened the scoring, scrambling the ball in from close range and headed in the third goal in the second half after a good move. Moses had made it 2-0 in the opening period with the goal of the night but Rubin Kazan pulled one back from the penalty spot before the interval. For most of the game though, it had been a solid Chelsea defence with the Blues on top across the park.

Team news
There were six changes to the side that began the win over Man United with John Terry and Ryan Bertrand coming into defence, Frank Lampard back in midfield and Fernando Torres in attack with Demba Ba cup-tied.

Yossi Benayoun began wide of Juan Mata with Victor Moses another player returning to the starting line-up on the other flank. David Luiz played the 50th European game of his career.

Rubin Kazan changed their shape from their last-round win over Levante, from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-1-1 -Roman Eremenko supporting centre-forward Vladmir Dyadyun.

First half
The message had been clear before the game, Chelsea wanted goals and a good lead to take into a never-easy second leg in Moscow.

Benayoun, in his start since the first leg away in Bucharest last round, was the first to show enterprise but his dribble into the box came to a halt before any end product.

Mata showed similar good control on 10 minutes to get through a crowd inside the area but when he squared, a flick off a Rubin shin diverted the ball from danger. Torres turned his marker soon after as he chested a Lampard pass from halfway but bobbled a shot wide.

The quick long pass up front appeared to be a clear tactic tonight, testing the Rubin central defence regularly, and 15 minutes Torres made them pay.

David Luiz sent the missile forward and although Torres's initial control left him, the ball and the defender together on the floor, it was the Spaniard who reacted quicker to stab the ball home from just a couple of yards out.

Chelsea v Rubin

Cech made his first save, from a speculative strike from Natcho, before Chelsea attacked again and this time it was Bertrand who from his own half snaked his way through. It was a thrilling run but the left-back's angled shot was cleared inside the six-yard area.

The game was steadily becoming one of constant Chelsea pressure and it was a sustained attack just past the half-hour mark that led to Moses doubling the lead.

The Russians had more than one chance to clear properly but they failed to do so. Azpilicueta 's cross led to a blocked Torres shot that spun up to Moses. His bouncing header was clawed wide by the keeper but a Torres cross was deflected back into Moses's path on the edge if the area. He fired into the top corner in style.

Chelsea v Rubin

Rubin pulled a goal back five minutes before half-time and given the balance of the game at that stage, from possibly the only route available to them. Ansaldi fired the ball in the direction of the goal and it hit the arm of Terry which was pretty much down by his side. That was enough for the referee to point to the spot and book our skipper. Natcho converted the penalty.

The 30 or so Rubin Kazan fans present were very pleased with that away strike, as they would have been with the single-goal deficit at half-time given Chelsea's superiority.

Second half
Rubin Kazan swapped centre-forwards for the restart - the tall Venezuelan Jose Rondon replacing Dyadyun.

With four minutes of the half gone, it needed a full-stretch save from the keeper to keep out Moses's shot, a quick switch of play having created space. Moses touched the ball into the Chelsea topscorer's path after a David Luiz cross. The ball ran loose after the save but it was cleared before Terry could snap it up.

There was a rare moment when Cech went for but didn't claim a corner which served to emphasise the need for more goals.

Just before the hour Torres hit a good cross to the far post which won a corner. Mata was not far from serving that up perfectly for Terry but the header cleared the bar.

The next chance worryingly was Rubin's and had Rondon not hit it straight at Cech then we would have been in trouble. Benitez brought on Hazard for Moses soon after.

The reassuring third goal came from a swift counter-attack down the left. Benayoun released Torres and although the striker was initially held up by a group of defenders, he involved Lampard in the move who in turn found Mata peeling away to the flank. The cross was floated in and Torres made no mistake with his head. There were 69 minutes played.

Chelsea v Rubin

Benayoun was booked for sliding in on Ansaldi moments before the second Chelsea substitution. It was time for Mata to rest, Oscar coming on. Marin then followed for Benayoun who came off to good applause. It had been his third start of the season.

The final shot was a long-range dig from Ramires which was a worthy effort, the Brazilian having just been fouled to earn Orbiaz a booking. Marin also received a late yellow card.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c), Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Moses (Hazard 65), Mata (Oscar 77), Benayoun (Marin 82); Torres.
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Mikel.
Scorers Torres 16, 69, Moses 32.
Booked Terry 40, Benayoun 77, Marin 90+2.

Rubin Kazan (4-4-1-1): Ryzhikov; Kaleshin, Sharonov (c), Navas, Ansaldi; Kuzmin (Kasaev 82), Orbaiz, Natcho, Karadeniz; Eremenko; Dyadyun (Rondón h-t).
Unused subs: Arlauskis, Marcano, Ryazantsev, Kislyak, Tore.
Scorer Natcho 41 pen.
Booked Orbaiz 86

Referee Gianluca Rocchi from Italy.

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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...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


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...


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...


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...


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


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


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...


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...