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Mutch (10)
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Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

Sat 19 Oct 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 41,475)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY

With the squad reassembled following trips across the globe, there is thankfully no journey needed this weekend. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton welcome home comforts…


TALKING POINTS
This game is our first Saturday 3pm kick-off at home not just this season, but since 2 March when West Bromwich Albion were the visitors for a 1-0 Chelsea win. It is also our only game at Stamford Bridge since Fulham on 21 September. Just four of the 13 matches from Swindon Town on 24 September to Basel on 26 November will have taken place on the Fulham Road.

These games sandwiched between internationals and Champions League involvement can be testing. Chelsea's only domestic defeat this season came at Goodison after the last round of internationals and was followed in midweek by the shock home loss to Basel. The first FIFA break of the season was followed by a 2-0 home win over Hull City.

KEY STAT
Chelsea have won 10 and drawn two of our last 12 home Barclays Premier League games, since QPR won at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.


Congratulations are in order for many members of the squad who helped their national team qualify for next summer's soccer, samba and sunshine in Brazil.

Many of them contributed a goal or two, including Kevin De Bruyne for Belgium, Juan Mata (Spain) and on-loan summer recruit Christian Atsu (Ghana). Germany's Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick to make it 10 in 11 for his national side.

Schurrle joined an elite group of Chelsea internationals to have netted three or more times in one match for their country. Fernando Torres scored four for Spain against Tahiti in the summer and the other members are Yossi Benayoun (Israel), Roy Bentley, Jimmy Greaves [twice], George Hilsdon, Tommy Lawton [twice], George Mills (all England) and Phil Younghusband (Philippines).

Chelsea's leading scorer Oscar, whose Brazil side (recently skippered by David Luiz) are already qualified as hosts, hit a goal in both games, taking his impressive sequence for club and country to five in seven games.

The Brazilian has been influential all season, and is already just one goal short of his total in the league last season.

Jose Mourinho's bold tactics at Carrow Road helped bring about our first Premier League victory on the road under the Portuguese since the similar 2-1 comeback at Reading in late August 2007. All three substitutes were involved in the two goals inside two minutes that sank Chris Hughton's side.

Whereas Reading was the last hurrah of the first Mourinho era, Norwich felt like the dawning of a new one. Hazard's high leap to win a headed duel that transformed a Canaries corner into a Blues counter-attack was indicative, as were Samuel Eto'o's industry and Willian's brilliantly struck first goal for the Blues. (Didn't the away supporters enjoy that, singing the freshly-penned song for the no.22 till the end of the game.)

Chelsea fans away


Equally importantly, when the Portuguese takes off a full-back to change the game he knows he can trust Schurrle as a temporary wing-back.

Since the 1920s the Chelsea-Cardiff fixture had always required a change of strip. Some (including a young Wayne Rooney) might still believe 'once Blue, always Blue', even after City's recent conversion to the red side.

Some Chelsea fans might scoff that we would never wear such a switch, but it is worth remembering the royal blue we call 'traditional' would have been a shock to supporters who followed us for the first few season in the light-greenish Eton blue hue.

New Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, who has reportedly invested £140m in the Welsh club, has made further changes recently, relieving no.2 and head of recruitment Iain Moody of his responsibilities. Manager Malky Mackay, who was hired by Tan's predecessors, had worked alongside Moody since his Watford days. It will be interesting to see how the Bluebirds respond to what has been a turbulent few weeks.

Statistics show 70% of newly promoted sides return from whence they came the following May. So far Mackay's men have fared better against top-half sides than their fellow top-flights arrivals. They earned a spirited 3-2 victory over Manchester City and a 0-0 with Everton; Spurs only beat them with the last kick of the game.

On their travels they have proved equally hard to break down and have already won in west London this season at Fulham. However, just the one clean sheet in seven games must be a concern and they are yet to score in the first 45 minutes of a top-flight match.

Mourinho's men have scored first in four of the opening seven fixtures and won all of them. Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 matches at the Bridge and having tasted victory in 10 of those, are in no mood to let up. The hosts have hit two goals in all of the last eight games on the Fulham Road.

KEY TWEET
Which of the Chelsea boys who qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have the best chance of lifting the trophy next summer? #CFCPMB


Chelsea Football Club was saddened to learn of the recent passing of former defender Harry Hughes, who enjoyed a brief spell at Stamford Bridge as a young professional before joining Bournemouth.

He played just one game for the first team and in difficult circumstances, stepping in for the great John Harris who was then in dispute with the club. The Pensioners lost 1-3 at home to Liverpool but the result was 'no reflection on 20-year-old Harold Hughes, stand-in centre-half. How can a new boy shine when the old boys wander in crazy circles?' according to the Daily Express.

Our condolences to the family and friends of this proud Blue.

Going into the weekend fixtures the current top three all have the same goal difference. A win for Chelsea and anything less than that for the other two would likely see the Blues go top. Two seasons ago Norwich managed a 3-3 draw at Emirates. Newcastle have scooped the points in two of the last three home meetings with Liverpool, though last season they slumped to a 0-6 defeat.


Barclays Premier League fixtures
Saturday
Newcastle v Liverpool 12.45pm - BT Sport
Arsenal v Norwich 3pm
Chelsea v Cardiff 3pm
Everton v Hull 3pm
Manchester United v Southampton 3pm
Stoke v West Brom 3pm
Swansea v Sunderland 3pm
West Ham v Manchester City 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunday
Aston Villa v Tottenham 4pm - Sky Sports
Monday
Crystal Palace v Fulham 8pm - Sky Sports

 

Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 7 +6 16
2 Liverpool 7 +6 16
3 Chelsea 7 +6 14
4 Southampton 7 +5 14
5 Man City 7 +9 13
6 Tottenham 7 +1 13
14 Cardiff 7 -2 8



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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY - PART TWO

TACTICAL BRIEF
This match ushers in a spell of four games in 10 days for the Blues, with Schalke away, Man City at home and Arsenal away in the Capital One Cup to come in quick order.

Fernando Torres has served his ban and recovered from a knee strain but injured Ashley Cole will be replaced at left-back by Ryan Bertrand, who played well in the Blues' emphatic win at Swindon.

Demba Ba was preferred as the starter to Samuel Eto'o at Norwich while Torres was suspended. Both contributed strongly to the 3-1 win. However, Chelsea's interchangeable personnel upfront, with a false or genuine no.9 switching places with the attacking midfield trio, tend to keeping defenders guessing.

Eden Hazard looked free of nagging injuries at Carrow Road and again for Belgium in midweek. His goalscoring teammate Kevin De Bruyne will hope for action over this vital period in various competitions, and is one option to come in for Germany's hat-trick man Andre Schurrle who misses today's game with a leg muscle injury. Willian pressed his case for inclusion with his exceptional first goal for the club.

It remains to be seen whether the influential Blue Brazilians David Luíz, Ramires and Oscar, who jetted to Korea and China this week, are included in the starting line-up.

Like Jose Mourinho, Malky Mackay has used a core of regular starters - seven ever-presents to Chelsea's eight - in goalie David Marshall, central defenders Steven Caulker and Ben Turner, central midfielders Gary Medel and Aron Gunnarsson, left winger Peter Whittingham, and solo striker Fraizer Campbell.

Unsurprisingly set-play specialist Whittingham and striker Campbell dominate their statistics for shooting, goals, assists and offsides, while Gunnarson and Caulker top the pile in fouls and blocks respectively. Whittingham (pictured below) and goalie Marshall are the sole survivors from Cardiff's 4-1 FA Cup drubbing at the Bridge in February 2010 under Dave Jones.

Cardiff Whittingham


Peter Odemwingie, who likes west London so much he once drove here on transfer deadline day, has slotted into wide right and hit his first goal for City in the 1-2 home defeat to Newcastle United. He enjoyed two wins over Chelsea while with West Brom, heading the winner at the Hawthorns in November last year.

Even at 34 Chelsea will be wary of another winger, Craig Bellamy, who has scored against us for three different clubs.

The usual 4-1-4-1 system allows City to attack with width, predominantly down the right, where the diligent Campbell tends to drift. He is not the best at retaining possession or avoiding offsides but had proved a handful in several games, with impressive full-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine arriving forward to cross.

Chelsea will have noted that although disciplined, central midfielder Medel can be a little loose with possession. The Blues' attacking trio will be buzzing around them for any scraps high up the field. Occasionally their defending makes them vulnerable to swift counter-attacks and slow to close down opponents on the edge of the box.

Cardiff allow shots on goal and their outstanding performer Marshall has been forced to make more saves than any other keeper. His own strikeforce is the least accurate in the league, with fewer than half the 41 shots on target Chelsea have managed.

Mourinho lets no possible weakness escape him and Cardiff, who will almost certainly concede some height to the hosts, can be vulnerable in the air.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY - PART TWO

WE HAVE HISTORY
During the interval at Stamford Bridge more than fifty years ago on 6 October 1962, supporters must have been pondered over their hot Bovril how Docherty's Diamonds would ever find a way past George Swindin's seasoned Cardiff side. Among those spotted was the renowned cricketer Jim Laker, a Chelsea supporter.

Within a few minutes of the restart the answer came in a fashion typical of that inventive, well-drilled side.

City conceded a free kick on the edge of their box and a cluster of Pensioners looked poised to take it. Eddie McCreadie ran up first but only ran over the ball. Then Frank Blunstone stabbed the ball sideways to the unnoticed Graham Moore, who swept the ball behind the visitors' rearguard for Frank Upton to knock in.

It was street-wise trickery worthy of Laker the off-spinner and Docherty was happy to take the credit for his training ground work: 'We don't want other teams to know too much about it,' he said, 'but I can tell you we have two variations of the plan which we haven't used yet.' It was the third time in four attempts the ploy had opened the scoring that season.

'A great goal,' conceded Cardiff captain Ivor Allchurch. 'Our defence wasn't the same after it.'

He could say that again: from 0-0 on 55 minutes the Welsh side tumbled to a 6-0 thrashing with 10 minutes still remaining. The Blues' goals came in batches: Terry Venables and Bert Murray inside the next five minutes, Bobby Tambling and Barry Bridges within two minutes of each other, and finally Tambling (pictured below challenging Cardiff goalkeeper Maurice Swan) on 79 minutes. Laker would have taken a stump home as a trophy after a second-half performance like that.

1962


The last occasion Cardiff played at Stamford Bridge in the league was 30 years ago in the old Second Division, on 15 October 1983.

Chelsea won with goals from Colin Lee and Pat Nevin in front of a 15,459 crowd.


Chelsea Eddie Niedzwiecki, John Hollins, Joey Jones, Colin Pates, Joe McLaughlin, John Bumstead, Paul Canoville, Nigel Spackman, Kerry Dixon, Colin Lee, Pat Nevin.
Manager John Neal

Cardiff Andy Dibble, Colin Smith, Paul Bodin, Phil Dwyer, Jimmy Mullen, David Tong, Gordon Owen, Roger Gibbins, Chris Townsend (Wayne Matthews), Chris Roden, Tarki Micallef.
Manager Len Ashurst


Cardiff's last victory at Stamford Bridge was by the only goal by Gary Stevens in April 1981 in the old Second Division.

Cardiff were the winners when the teams last met at Stamford Bridge in the top flight - 52 years ago.


Our last 10 meetings at Stamford Bridge
1956/57 - Cardiff won 2-1 - Old First Division
1960/61- Chelsea won 6-1 - Old First Division
1961/62 - Cardiff won 3-2 - Old - First Division
1962/63 - Chelsea won 6-0 - Old Division Two
1976/77 - Chelsea won 2-1 - Old Division Two
1979/80 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Old Division Two
1980/81 - Drew 1-1 - League Cup
1980/81 - Cardiff won 1-0 - Old Division Two
1981/82 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Old Division Two
1983/84 - Chelsea won 2-0 - Old Division Two

 

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Chelsea v Cardiff in all competitions
Games played 41
Chelsea wins 16
Cardiff wins 15
Draws 10


Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 17
Chelsea wins 10
Cardiff wins 5
Draws 2


Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-0 Cardiff - 06/10/1962 (old Second Division)
Chelsea 0-2 Cardiff  - 08/11/1952 (old First Division)


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea played at Stamford Bridge: 27
Cardiff won at Stamford Bridge in the top flight: 19,022
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,073
Liverpool won the league: 8,568

 

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V CARDIFF CITY

CHELSEA STATS
Only Southampton (two) have conceded fewer than Chelsea's four goals in seven league outings.

In the Barclays Premier League, we have won 31 points at Stamford Bridge out of the last 33 available.

Chelsea's defeat at Everton is our only reverse in 15 Premier League matches.

Chelsea have won all four league games when we have scored the opening goal.

Chelsea have lost just three in the last 74 games against newly promoted teams, in 12 ½ years. We have won 58 of those matches.

John Terry has now scored 33 Premier League goals. David Unsworth is the only defender to have scored more - 38 (of which 22 were penalties).


Last six results
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2
Sep 21 Fulham (h) W 2-0
Sep 24 Swindon (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Sat 28 Tottenham (a) D 1-1
Oct 1 Steaua Bucharest (Champions League a) W 4-0
Oct 6 Norwich (a) W 3-1


Premier League scorers (10)
Oscar 3, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1, Willian 1, own goal 1


League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 12


Chelsea's next three games
Tue 22 Oct Schalke (Champions League) away 7.45pm
Sun 27 Oct Manchester City home 4pm
Tue 29 Oct Arsenal (Capital One Cup) away 7.45pm

MILESTONES
Petr Cech will make his 300th Premier League appearance.

If fit and selected, Fernando Torres will make his 100th start in a Blue shirt.

Jose Mourinho is looking for his 50th home win in the Premier League in his 64th game in charge there. He is undefeated in his previous 63 home league matches.


CARDIFF STATS
Formed 1899

Cardiff City are appearing in the top flight for the first time in 51 years. In their last season (1961/62) they were relegated to the Second Division together with Chelsea.

City's last two top-flight away wins both came at Craven Cottage against Fulham, in November 1961 and last month.


Last season
Championship - Champions
FA Cup - Third round
Capital One Cup - First round


Cardiff have managed only 17 shots on target in seven Premier League games - the lowest in the top flight.

Six of Cardiff's seven goals have come in the second half.

Last season Cardiff's away record was 10 wins, six draws and seven defeats.


Last season's Championship stats
Most starts
David Marshall 46, Andrew Taylor 43, Peter Whittingham 37
Most goals Aron Gunnarsson 8, Heidar Helguson 8, Peter Whittingham 8


Manager Malky Mackay
Days in charge: 854
Played 114
Won 52
Drawn 34
Lost 28

Cardiff's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 65 13th Division One 2
2004/05 54 16th Championship 2
2005/06 60 11th Championship 2
2006/07 64 13th Championship 2
2007/08 64 12th Championship 2
2008/09 74 7th Championship 2
2009/10 76 4th Championship 2
2010/11 80 4th Championship 2
2011/12 75 6th Championship 2
2012/13 87 1st Championship 2

Last six results
Aug 31 Everton (h) D 0-0
Sep 14 Hull (a) D 1-1
Sep 22 Tottenham (h) L 0-1
Sep 24 West Ham (Capital One Cup a) L 2-3
Sep 28 Fulham (a) W 2-1
Oct 5 Newcastle (h) L 1-2



Premier League scorers (7)
Campbell 2, Caulker 1, Gunnarsson 1, Mutch 1, Odemwingie 1, Whittingham 1


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


CARDIFF'S MAJOR SUMMER MOVES AND AUTUMN LOANS
Ins
Andreas Cornelius (FC Copenhagen, £7.5m), John Brayford (Derby, &1.5m), Simon Moore (Brentford, undisclosed), Steven Caulker (Tottenham, £8m), Gary Medel (Sevilla, £11m), Kevin Theophile-Catherine (Rennes, undisclosed), Maximiliano Amondarain (CA Progreso, free), Peter Odemwingie (West Brom, £2.25m)
Outs Heidar Helguson (released), Stephen McPhail (released), Kevin McNaughton (Bolton, loan), Ben Nugent (Brentford, loan), Joe Ralls (Yeovil, loan), Simon Lappin (Sheffield United, loan), Robert Earnshaw (released), Craig Conroy (Brighton, loan)


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Anthony Taylor was last at Stamford Bridge on the final day of last season against Everton. His most recent Cardiff game was in the Bluebirds' goalless draw, also with the Toffees, earlier this season.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.



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Chelsea v Cardiff City

 

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution

Substitutions

  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta Substitution
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
7
3
Shots off Target
13
10
Corners
6
9
Fouls
12
5
Most fouls
Luiz
Campbell
4
1
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards

Cardiff City

  • 1
    David Marshall
  • 28
    Kevin Theophile-Catherine
  • 4
    Steven Caulker
  • 6
    Ben Turner
  • 3
    Andrew Taylor
  • 19
    Don Cowie
  • 17
    Substitution Aron Gunnarsson
  • 8
    Substitution Gary Medel
  • 7
    Peter Whittingham
  • 18
    Jordon Mutch
  • 11
    Substitution Peter Odemwingie

Substitutions

  • 16
    Craig Noone
  • 5
    Mark Hudson
  • 32
    Joe Lewis
  • 23
    Nicky Maynard
  • 13
    Substitution Bo-Kyung Kim
  • 10
    Substitution Fraizer Campbell
  • 15
    Substitution Rudy Gestede

CHELSEA v CARDIFF CITY - 19/10/13

Chelsea vs Cardiff City Highlights

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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 4 CARDIFF CITY 1

Summary
On an eventful afternoon at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea came from behind with Samuel Eto'o scoring his first Chelsea goal which was added to by Oscar and Eden Hazard deep into the second-half, the Belgian's goal his second of the game.

The winger had equalised with what was an unusual strike, Eto'o having caught the goalkeeper out as he was about to clear up pitch, and to add to the talking points Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the second half.

Chelsea have now scored 11 goals in the last three games. Oscar now has five goals for the season.

Chelsea v Cardiff

Team News
Petr Cech made his 300th Premier League appearance and in front of him there was one change to the defence - Ryan Bertrand coming in for Ashley Cole who had yet to recover from the rib injury suffered at Norwich a fortnight ago.

Oscar was on the bench after games in Korea and China with Brazil so Willian was handed his home debut, joining Juan Mata and Hazard behind Eto'o. Fernando Torres, having won his race to be fit, was on the bench.

Cardiff moved Peter Odemwingie from the wing to upfront where he was joined by Jordon Mutch, pushed into an advanced position. Frazier Campbell and Kim Bo-Kyung were dropped with Don Cowie coming into the visitors' midfield.

First half
Cech's hope of celebrating his landmark game with a clean sheet disappeared with only nine minutes played. Confusion ahead of him left our keeper unprotected as Ramires's knock-back was allowed to roll on by David Luiz, giving Mutch the chance to collect the ball and find the net.

Prior to that there had been plenty of Chelsea possession but no threat to David Marshall's goal. Eto'o was fouled by Medel on five minutes for a free-kick in Lampard territory. Firmly struck, it caught Ben Turner in the face, flooring the lofty centre-back. Mata later took a swipe at but made only minimal contact with a low centre hammered across by Eto'o.

Having gone behind, the Blues came within a whisker of levelling with 16 minutes on the clock when Terry headed a Mata corner just past the post, but then Cech needed to be alert and sharp to punch behind a free-kick that whipped off the head of Odemwingie and was heading for the top corner.

Lampard, with characteristic quick vision, played the ball long and early into Eto'o's path and when Marshall raced out to intervene, the Stamford Bridge crowd was sure the keeper had come too far and handballed. Replays showed they were right. Half an hour had been played.

If Chelsea rather gifted Cardiff their goal, it was nothing compared with the equaliser two minutes later. Marshall, preparing to kick up the pitch, was somehow unaware of Eto'o just behind him as he chose to bounce the ball.

The Cameroonian snapped into action and kicked it away from the Cardiff keeper. Hazard picked up possession on the left of the area and squared back to Eto'o in front of the target. Unexpectedly and unadvisedly he took a controlling touch, inviting a challenge from Medel. In the end it would have been a penalty to Chelsea but Hazard rendered that academic by smashing the loose ball in. A debate over whether the goal should have been allowed according to the laws of the game was only just beginning. 

Chelsea v Cardiff


With the ship steadied, David Luiz went for a lead before half-time, aiming a yard too high when invited to shoot. Our centre-back was booked soon after for blocking off Gunnarsson's run.

The final chance of the half was another Lampard free-kick after a clumsy foul by Cowie out wide on Mata which was worthy of a booking. From a tight angle our vice-captain drilled the ball across the face of goal but wide.

Jose Mourinho set off for the dressing room before the half-time whistle was blown. Chelsea chances had come from set-pieces and opposition carelessness rather than open play. There were things to be said.

Second half
There were things to be said too by Mourinho when David Luiz misplaced his pass deep in the Cardiff half soon after the restart and then chased the counter-attacking Mutch. The manager appeared to be warning the Brazilian he had already been booked as the two ran past the benches, but in the end his player did well to retrieve the ball with a judicious challenge.

The length of time Cardiff were taking over dead balls had been annoying Chelsea ever since the visitors took the lead, and Marshall was booked for delaying a goal-kick beyond the limit of the referee's patience.

Still the home side needed a spark. Oscar replaced Mata in the first Chelsea switch just before the hour and Torres followed soon after for Bertrand as Mourinho made a similar change as at Norwich when the scoreline was the same.

Cardiff had been pushing forward as much as Chelsea in this half without looking dangerous, their shooting too wayward, but now the Blues had three defenders at the back and plenty of bodies in attack.

The goal that gave us the lead came three minutes after the second substitution and it was vintage Samuel Eto'o. Taking a Hazard pass on the edge of the area, he sidestepped inside Steven Caulker and smashed the ball into the bottom corner. And how he celebrated too!

Chelsea v Cardiff

With his side in the lead, Mourinho restored the back four by bringing on Azpilicueta for Eto'o. It was a passage of events so reminiscent of his first spell in charge but the manager's afternoon took another turn on 69 minutes when he was sent from the pitchside.

Having been spoken to earlier in the half for leaving the technical area, when Mourinho did so again unhappy about what was going on in front of him, the officials made their decision and he watched the game from among fans in the East Stand lower tier.

Fernando Torres and Willian could have added to the lead as Chelsea found spaces to counter-attack but the keeper saved on each occasion. Marshall was however beaten by a drive from Oscar from 20 yards out to make it 3-1 after Ramires had foraged possession, and by Hazard who shot in low. The Brazilian's shot had been near unstoppable, the Belgian's anything but. It was a soft goal to concede to cap a strange day for the Welsh club's stopper.

Chelsea v Cardiff

Cardiff had shown resistance when only 2-1 down, substitute Kim Bo-Kyung forcing a good save from Cech with a shot flashed in from an angle, but they were now a beaten side.

With Liverpool drawing at Newcastle earlier in the day but Arsenal beating Norwich, Chelsea move into second place in the table.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Bertrand (Torres 63); Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Mata (Oscar 58), Hazard; Eto'o (Azpilicueta 68).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cahill, Essien, De Bruyne.
Scorers Hazard 32, Eto'o 66, Oscar 77, Hazard 82.
Booked David Luiz 40.


Cardiff
(4-4-2): Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker (c), Turner, Taylor; Cowie, Gunnarsson (Gestede 80), Medel (Kim 56), Whittingham; Odemwingie (Campbell 67), Mutch.
Unused subs Lewis, Hudson, Noone, Maynard.
Scorer Mutch 10.
Booked Cowie 44, Marshall 53.

Referee Anthony Taylor.
Crowd
41,475.

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PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...

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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