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Wed 06 Nov 2013 19:45 (Attendance: 41,194)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SCHALKE

A fortnight on from our last meeting, Chelsea entertain the Bundesliga side aiming for a landmark European win. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton provide the facts and figures for our fourth group game…


TALKING POINTS
A Chelsea win tonight would clear the way to the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League and exorcise the ghosts from a hallowe'en hangover on Tyneside.

Teams stuck on the same points are ranked according to head-to-head results, not goal difference, and the Blues have already won 3-0 in Germany. A win tonight and one other from either Basel away or Steaua at home will see the Blues through to the Round of 16.

As wonderful as the preceding fortnight had been, Saturday at St James' Park was one of those days when football mugged Chelsea down a side alley. Or perhaps it was identity theft - the team was unrecognisable from the one that triumphed in Gelsenkirchen. The team lacked pace and intensity and were loose in possession all over the pitch and lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Happily, along come two quick opportunities in four days to make amends. Chelsea have won six of the seven matches against German visitors and drawn the other, with Stuttgart, in 2004. Saturday's Barclays Premier League visitors West Brom are on a seven-game losing streak on the Fulham Road.

KEY STAT
Chelsea have never lost at home to German opposition in 47 years of European meetings.


Success tonight would bring Chelsea's 100th win in UEFA competitions. The 10 victories in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup are not included in that as the tournament was not under UEFA's auspices. One of those was a 1-0 triumph against Munich 1860 at the Bridge in March 1966, our first over a Bundesliga side.

The Matchday 1 defeat against Basel was our first home loss in the group stage in 30 matches; 22 of the previous 29 were won and seven drawn.

Schalke looked jaded against Chelsea two weeks ago (though that could partly be their dark green Champions League strip) and slumped 1-3 again the following weekend at home to Dortmund.

However, last weekend the Gelsenkirchen side revived to take all three points away at Hertha Berlin in front of a 70,000-strong crowd. The hosts dominated possession without scoring whereas Schalke broke the deadlock during their best period, Adam Szalai heading in Dennis Aogo's corner (pictured). Julian Draxler ended Hertha's strong rally for an equaliser deep into stoppage time with a 20-yard strike.

Hertha v Schalke


Two weeks ago on the same night Chelsea were stunning Schalke, Steaua netted a last-minute equaliser against Basel to draw in Bucharest. They met again tonight in Switzerland full of confidence. The Romanian league leaders vanquished Viitorul Constanta 4-0 away this weekend. Their Swiss rivals, at home, put three past St Gallen. A win for Basel would virtually condemn Steaua to fourth place in the group with two games to go.

The nationality of tonight's referee Svein Oddvar Moen might invite unfair comparisons with his fellow Norwegian Tom Henning Ovrebo and the Chelsea-Barcelona game in 2009. When interviewed even Ovrebo himself admitted, 'Everyone who knows the laws of the game knows I should have done things differently.'

Moen, though, has twice handled Chelsea games - Copenhagen at the Bridge and Genk away - and performed admirably. He actually awarded the Blues a penalty in Belgium but David Luiz's spot-kick was saved.

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Other Group E fixture
Tonight 7.45pm - Basel v Steaua Bucharest


Champions League Group E table
P W D L F A Pts
Chelsea 3 2 0 1 8 2 6
Schalke 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Basel 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Steaua Bucharest 3 0 1 2 1 8 1


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SCHALKE

TACTICAL BRIEF
Only three outfield players have started all Chelsea games in this season's Champions League under Jose Mourinho: Oscar, Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic. The manager has already said he will make a few changes to the team that floundered at Newcastle and it remains to be seen how many, if any, of that trio survives the juggling of resources.

Mourinho bemoaned the lack of urgency in his side and may well revert to Andre Schurrle to provide power and impetus from the flanks against his compatriots again.

Fernando Torres is not fit for this or Saturday's home game against West Bromwich Albion, after which there is another two-week domestic break for club football. Demba Ba is the freshest and more physical of the alternatives, and it was the muscle of Torres (as well as the pace of Eden Hazard) that Schalke found most difficult to live with.

Samuel Eto'o has the far greater experience at this level and has 27 goals to his credit. The Cameroonian has had the most shots on target for Chelsea in this competition - five over three games, without yet finding the net. He did, though, finish quite brilliantly in his last start at Stamford Bridge against Cardiff.

One or two switches may come in midfield and defence. Cesar Azpilicueta rather than Ryan Bertrand played left-back in Gelsenkirchen while Ashley Cole was injured. Bertrand is injured this time. Mourinho might fancy the pacy Spaniard's energy against a sometimes pedestrian Schalke rearguard.

Gary Cahill will be hoping for a recall. He has been on the losing side just the once this season (at home to Basel) and started alongside John Terry in Gelsenkirchen.

For the visitors, solo striker Adam Szalai required treatment on an ear injury after Schalke's weekend win at Hertha Berlin but the striker, who has hit seven goals in all competitions, has made himself available.

Jens Keller's other concerns in the treatment room have barely eased from our first encounter, with star man Klaas-Jan Huntelaar out long-term and doubts about influential centre midfielder Marco Hoger, winger Jefferson Farfan and forward Chinedu Obasi. Young defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos played for Schalke's reserves at the weekend as part of his return to fitness.

The absentees have allowed 18-year-old forward Max Meyer (pictured below) to thrive and excite fans almost as much as the mercurial Julian Draxler, who is two years Meyer's senior and Schalke's leading scorer in this competition.

Schalke Meyer


On Saturday at Hertha Berlin Jens Keller set up his side in safety-first mode, determined not to concede after successive demolitions by Chelsea and Dortmund. Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand duly achieved his 100th clean sheet in 296 league games for Schalke.

With solidity in the first two-thirds of the field the Gelsenkirchen side stung Hertha on the break to run out 2-0 winners. Having seen Newcastle succeed using similar tactics against the Londoners it would be a surprise were Schalke not to play deep to try to frustrate Chelsea tonight and steal a goal on the break.

They are in much better form on the road: unbeaten in seven compared to three defeats in four at the Veltins Arena. The Germans also won 2-0 against Gervinho and co. at the Emirates in last season's group stage, drawing 2-2 at home. Their last away defeat was a 1-4 drubbing at Old Trafford in 2011.

The question remains whether their defence - whose flaws were exposed very early in our first meeting - can hold out in the absence of Torres's power. As at St James' Park Chelsea were winning the ball high up the field and quickly attacking the centre of the Miners' defence. The final passes strayed far too regularly against Newcastle but in the Veltins Arena Schalke were put to the sword.

Chelsea must be much more proactive tonight. In our first meeting the hosts laboured in defensive midfield, where Roman Neustadter and his partner Jermaine Jones, overrun at times, were both cautioned. Sead Kolasinac replaced the labouring USA player late on.

Dennis Aogo, their left back against Chelsea, has been preferred alongside Neustadter in the two games played since, with Christian Füchs stepping back into the left of defence.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SCHALKE

WE HAVE HISTORY
This is only our second competitive meeting against Schalke at Stamford Bridge. The previous occasion was in the group stage of the 2007/08 Champions League.

In that October 2007 match, just as in Gelsenkirchen two weeks ago, the Blues were off to a flying start. Florent Malouda battled free of his marker Rafinha and shot low between goalie Manuel Neuer's legs inside five minutes.

Chelsea v Schalke


In the second half Didier Drogba put Avram Grant's side in pole position in the group, steering a Paulo Ferreira cross past Neuer with a diving header. The game finished 2-0.

Chelsea first hosted a German team in March 1966 when a powerful Munich 1860 team were the visitors in the quarter finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The away leg, played on a snow-covered pitch, had ended 2-2 with Bobby Tambling scoring twice for the Londoners.

At the Bridge Peter Osgood, rising from his sick bed after tonsillitis, took the Blues into the semi-finals. A long throw from John Hollins was poorly dealt with by the visitors' defence and Ossie headed past goalkeeper Peter Radenkovic, arguably their man of the match.

The Yugoslav, though, blotted his record in the dying moments by stamping on Terry Venables, whom he perceived to be time-wasting. He apologised after the game.

Munich 1860 won the Bundesliga that season. Chelsea were beaten by Barcelona in the Fairs Cup semi-final after a replay at Camp Nou.


PMB

 


Chelsea's biggest home win in the Champions League
05/12/2012 - Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland - Group stage

Schalke's biggest away in the Champions League
16/01/2001 - Real Mallorca 0-4 Schalke - First group stage


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea failed to beat a German side at home: 3,529
Schalke lost away in the Champions League: 917
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,091
Liverpool won the league: 8,586

 

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CHELSEA STATS
Our defeat at St James' Park on Saturday ended a run of six successive wins in all competitions

The Blues have topped our group in eight of our 11 Champions League campaigns. In 1999/00 there were two group stages and we were runners-up in the second one. Last season was the first time we failed to progress to the knockout stage.

The Blues have a 70 per cent win record in home group Champions League games.

We have lost only three of our last 37 home Champions League matches (including 26 victories) since 2006.


Chelsea's home record against German teams
1965/66 TSV Munich 1860 W 1-0 Fairs Cup quarter-final second leg (agg 3-2)
1999/00 Hertha Berlin W 2-0 Champions League group stage
2003/04 VfB Stuttgart D 0-0 Champions League round of 16 second leg (agg 1-0)
2004/05 Bayern Munich W 4-2 Champions League quarter-final first leg (agg 6-5)
2006/07 Werder Bremen W 2-0 Champions League group stage
2007/08 Schalke W 2-0 Champions League group stage
2011/12 Bayer Leverkusen W 2-0 Champions League group stage

 

Chelsea's last 10 years in Europe
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
2012/13 - Europa League - winners, having transferred from the Champions League group stage

Last six results
Oct 6 Norwich (a) W 3-1
Oct 19 Cardiff (h) W 4-1
Oct 22 Schalke (Champions League a) W 3-0
Oct 27 Manchester City (h) W 2-1
Oct 29 Arsenal (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Nov 2 Newcastle (a) L 0-2

 

Champions League scorers (8)
Ramires 2, Torres 2, Hazard 1, Lampard 1, Oscar 1, own goals 1


European games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 4
A home defeat: 0



Chelsea's next three games
Sat 9 Nov West Brom home 3pm
Sat 23 Nov West Ham away 5.30pm
Tue 26 Nov Basel (Champions League) away 7.45pm

 

MILESTONES
Congratulations to Andre Schurrle, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today (Wednesday).


SCHALKE STATS
Founded
1904

Major honours
7 German league titles, last in 1958
5 German Cups, last in 2011
1 UEFA Cup in 1997
1 German Super Cup in 2011


Last 10 league seasons
2003/04 - 7th
2004/05 - 2nd
2005/06 - 4th
2006/07 - 2nd
2007/08 - 3rd
2008/09 - 8th
2009/10 - 2nd
2010/11 - 14th
2011/12 - 3rd
2012/13 - 4th

Schalke's last two Champions League campaigns have seen them win their group. This is their fifth group campaign.

Schalke's 2-0 victory at the Emirates against Arsenal in last season's Champions League group stage is the only time the Gelsenkirchen club have won on English soil.

They have lost only one of their last 12 European away fixtures.

Schalke have conceded 22 goals in their first 11 Bundesliga fixtures and although they moved up to sixth at the weekend they still have a negative goal difference.

They remain unbeaten in seven away games in all competitions, six wins, one draw.


Schalke's away games against English teams in Europe
1958/59 Wolves D 2-2 European Cup first round first leg (agg 4-3)
1969/70 Man City L 1-5 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final second leg (agg 2-5)
2001/02 Arsenal L 2-3  Champions League group stage
2007/08 Chelsea L 0-2  Champions League group stage
2010/11 Man Utd L 1-4 Champions League semi-final second leg (agg 1-6)
2012/13 Arsenal W 2-0 Champions League group stage



Ten-year European record
2003/04 - UEFA Cup second round (having qualified as Intertoto Cup winners)
2004/05 - UEFA Cup round of 32 (having qualified as Intertoto Cup winners)
2005/06 - UEFA Cup semi-finals having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2006/07 - UEFA Cup first round
2007/08 - Champions League quarter-finals
2008/09 - UEFA Cup group stage having transferred from the Champions League third qualifying round
2009/10 - Did not qualify
2010/11 - Champions League semi-finals
2011/12 - Europa League quarter-finals
2012/13 - Champions League round of 16

Champions League results
Aug 21 PAOK (Play-off h) D 1-1
Aug 27 PAOK (Play-off a) W 3-2
Group E
Sep 18 Steaua Bucharest (h) W 3-0
Oct 1 Basel (a) W 1-0
Oct 22 Chelsea (h) L 0-3

 

Champions League scorers (8)
Draxler 3, Szalai 2, Boateng 1, Farfan 1, Uchida 1,

 

Last six domestic results
Sep 25 Darmstadt (Cup a) W 3-1
Sep 28 Hoffenheim (a) D 3-3
Oct 5 Augsburg (h) W 4-1
Oct 19 Eintracht Braunschweig (a) W 3-2
Oct 26 Borussia Dortmund (h) L 1-3
Nov 2 Hertha Berlin (a) W 2-0


 

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Bundesliga table (top)
Pld Gd Pts
1 Bayern Munich 11 +17 29
2 Borussia Dortmund 11 +22 28
3 Bayer Leverkusen 11 +11 25
4 B Monchengladbach 11 +10 19
5 Wolfsburg 11 +3 18
6 Schalke 11 -2 17
7 Hertha Berlin 11 +3 15
8 Werder Bremen  11 -5 15
9 Hoffenheim 11 +1 13



THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Svein Oddvar Moen, his two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees, are from Norway. Moen has previously handled two of Chelsea's Champions League matches: Copenhagen at home in the Round of 16 in March 2011 and Genk away in the group stage the following season.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

Champions League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards.
Schalke (6): Hoger 2, Aogo 1, Farfan 1, Jones 1, Neustadter 1.
Chelsea (4): Cahill 1, Cole 1, Lampard 1, Van Ginkel 1.

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Chelsea v Schalke 04

 

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution

Substitutions

  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne Substitution
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
7
2
Shots off Target
1
3
Corners
2
4
Fouls
11
13
Most fouls
Ba
Jones
2
5
Yellow Cards
3
Red Cards

Schalke

  • 34
    Timo Hildebrand
  • 15
    Dennis Aogo
  • 4
    Benedikt Howedes
  • 22
    Atsuto Uchida
  • 23
    Substitution Christian Fuchs
  • 32
    Joel Matip
  • 9
    Substitution Kevin-Prince Boateng
  • 10
    Substitution Julian Draxler
  • 13
    Jermaine Jones
  • 33
    Roman Neustadter
  • 28
    Adam Szalai

Substitutions

  • 6
    Substitution Sead Kolasinac
  • 24
    Kaan Ayhan
  • 11
    Substitution Christian Clemens
  • 7
    Substitution Max Meyer
  • 1
    Ralf Fahrmann
  • 2
    Tim Hoogland
  • 5
    Augusto Felipe Santana
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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 SCHALKE 0

Summary
Chelsea's position in Group E was greatly strengthened by our third straight win in the competition, a Samuel Eto'o double strike and a late goal from substitute Demba Ba giving us back-to-back victories over the Bundesliga side.

If Eto'o's first goal tonight owed a lot an opposition mistake, the second certainly didn't when he capped a swift move with an emphatic finish. Schalke had threatened early on but were kept at bay for most of the game although Petr Cech was called on early in the second half with the score 1-0.

Team News
As he promised, Jose Mourinho made changes, six in total with Cesar Azpilicueta playing left-back as he had in Germany two weeks ago. Gary Cahill, John Mikel Obi, Willian and Andre Schurrle all returned to the side, and Eto'o replaced injured Fernando Torres in attack.

Schalke's changes from the first meeting were in attack too with Adam Szalai back as striker and Kevin-Prince Boateng dropping back. Christian Fuchs came into midfield.

First half
Having excelled in two away Champions League games since the Basel defeat, it was time to exorcise the ghost of that night from the Bridge as we returned home for a European night. However the first proper chance this evening was manufactured by the Germans and it was a good effort too - Julian Draxler rolling a shot worryingly close to the target after the stretching Mikel couldn't cut out a ball across from the right. Then Szalai hit the same section of boarding behind the goal as the Blues were left short of men at the back. That was two early escapes in the first five minutes. Mikel later lost the ball in our half as he took time to settle into his first Champions League start of the season but this time the Schalke shot didn't go anywhere close.

Chelsea's way of gaining a foothold on the game was a period of sustained, careful possession without pushing forward too much, a couple of Willian-led counter-attacks apart.

On 18 minutes, Draxler was booked for impeding Azpilicueta 30 yards out and it was the opportunity for the Blues to test Timo Hildebrand for the first time. Schurrle did just that with a well-flighted free-kick to the near top corner. The save was not the most graceful but it was effective, and earned congratulations from the keeper's team-mates. The score remained 0-0.

Schalke were playing with Boateng often up close to Szalai in attack, keeping the Chelsea centre-backs well occupied. Terry needed treatment when caught in the face by the elbow of Szalai.

Schurrle had struck a shot wide in open play as the search for a lead continued but the manner in which we took it with half an hour played was so unexpected the live TV coverage almost missed it. Those in the stadium saw Hildebrand inexplicably delay a kick upfield so long that Eto'o's chase down was rewarded, the eventual clearance bouncing off the striker and into the net.

Chelsea v Schalke

This time there were certainly no congratulations from his team-mates for the former German international - only barracking from the home support every time he took a kick for the rest of the game.

There were also no questions over the legality of the goal this time either, unlike the last time Eto'o tried to catch a keeper unawares at the Shed End. A year ago Fernando Torres had similar joy at that end of the stadium too, early on in a match against Shakhtar Donetsk .

On this night against German opposition, Eto'o had a chance eight minutes later but spooned his shot tamely at the keeper. Neither side went close again before the interval.

Second half
Six minutes after the restart, it was time for Chelsea players to thank their goalie - Cech having saved splendidly from Draxler after the young German seemed certain to score, having stepped inside Azpilicueta after a throw had been allowed to go a long way.

Chelsea v Schalke


Two minutes later, Eto'o doubled his tally and the Chelsea lead with deadly, stylish finishing. It was Chelsea counter-attacking at its best after the ball was given away by the visitors in our half. Willian played the perfect pass out to the three-times Champions League winner who knew exactly what to do.

Chelsea v Schalke

Schalke now looked a beaten side. Hildebrand spilled a Schurrle shot but no one was following up closely and Jermaine Jones was booked for barging Willian over as another Chelsea break was very much on the cards. There was a near action replay when Atsuto Uchida took out Schurrle to earn the same punishment.

Demba Ba, one of three players brought on inside the final 15 minutes, should have tested Hildebrand more than he did with a shot but with 82 minutes on the clock and with his second opportunity, he hit the back of the net for the first time this season.

Having won an aerial challenge himself, the striker stayed onside as another substitute, Frank Lampard, lifted the ball over the defence and half-volleyed the ball into the bottom corner.

Chelsea v Schalke


This was not a game that will live long in the memory, there were not enough incidents for that, but since defeat in the opening game of this season's Champions League we have won three, scored 10 goals and conceded none, a fine response to defeat. Basel drew at home to Steaua Burcharest tonight and a good result in Switzerland in our next game should see us through.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar (Lampard 81), Schurrle (De Bruyne 78); Eto'o (Ba 77).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mata.
Scorers Eto'o 31, 53, Ba 82.

Schalke
(4-2-3-1): Hildebrand; Uchida, Howedes (c), Matip, Aogo; Jones, Neustadter; Draxler (Clemens 61), Boateng (Kolasinac 76), Fuchs (Meyer 66); Szalai.
Unused subs Fahrmann, Hoogland, Santana, Ayhan.
Booked Draxler 18, Jones 72, Uchida 76.

Referee Svein Oddvar Moen from Norway
Crowd
41,194

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