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Sun 26 Jan 2014 15:30 (Attendance: 40,845)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY

This weekend brings the first home domestic cup game of the season. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton set the scene for the visit of Stoke…


TALKING POINTS
On Sunday Chelsea will be aiming for a seventh successive win in all campaigns. The Blues love the FA Cup - we won four of the six finals at Wembley between 2007 and 2012 and have a formidable recent record at home in the competition. Of course the manager of our opponents, Mark Hughes, topped off his own fine experience in it by winning a fourth medal at the 1997 final alongside Di Matteo, Zola and co.

The Barclays Premier League may take a rest his weekend but only until Tuesday and Wednesday, when a full set of fixtures will be played. Stoke visit fellow strugglers and Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland, who must be buoyant after overcoming Manchester United at Old Trafford, and will have had a day longer to recover. Chelsea's midweek visitors West Ham had a free weekend and have headed off to sunnier climes.

Following Sunday's league success Chelsea have now taken all three points from Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United this season at the Bridge, with Everton, Spurs and Arsenal visiting over the next two months.

KEY STAT
It is 11 years since Chelsea lost a home FA Cup tie in open play.


Since 29 December the much-criticised Chelsea strikers have weighed in with six goals in four league games, so it was upsetting to see Fernando Torres injured in a challenge by Nemanja Vidic. In a separate incident the Serbia defender was sent off for the second time at the Bridge.

Rafael might easily have been dismissed in the last minute for the second successive meeting. Former top referee Alan Wiley revealed on Tuesday that Phil Dowd's assistant had called to the referee that the challenge warranted a straight red but Dowd had not heard him.

Sunday's game produced the Blues' biggest winning margin over the Mancunians since the title-settling 3-0 showdown seven and a half years ago. Samuel Eto'o became our first league treble hitter since Torres helped knock QPR for six in April 2012 and is responsible for a quarter of our home league goals (Eden Hazard has hit a fifth of them).

The Cameroonian is also only the fourth opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick against United, and the third in Chelsea's history. The previous ones were by Scots forward Alec Cheyne on 6 September 1930, his first strikes for the Pensioners in a 6-2 victory, and debutant amateur Seamus O'Connell, who hit three in a 5-6 defeat on 16 October 1954.

After that loss a little into our title-winning campaign, chief scout Jimmy Thompson rang manager Ted Drake at the stadium, unperturbed by the result, he announced he had just seen a young man who had potential to become the greatest striker in our history. He was talking about Jimmy Greaves.

On Sunday Jose Mourinho also notched up his 100th league win with Chelsea. He achieved the landmark in just 142 games, the fewest in Premier League - and Chelsea - history. His first and last victories were both against Manchester United.

CHELSEA MANAGER'S GAMES TO REACH 100 LEAGUE WINS
Played Won Draw Lost
Jose Mourinho 142 100 29 13
Tommy Docherty 204 100 38 66
Dave Sexton 212 100 61 51
David Calderhead 242 100 46 96
Ted Drake 275 100 72 103

TOP FLIGHT ONLY
Played Won Draw Lost
Jose Mourinho 142 100 29 13
Dave Sexton 212 100 61 51
Ted Drake 275 100 72 103
David Calderhead 285 100 60 125



GAMES TO REACH 100 PREMIER LEAGUE WINS
Jose Mourinho 142
Sir Alex Ferguson 162
Arsene Wenger 179
Rafael Benitez 181
Kenny Dalglish 197
Gerard Houllier 200
Kevin Keegan 209
David O'Leary 212
David Moyes 248

 

Both Chelsea and Stoke reached the fourth round of the FA Cup by beating promotion-chasing east Midlands opposition. Chelsea won 2-0 at Steve McClaren's Derby while Stoke saw leaders Leicester off 2-1 at home.

Derby v Chelsea


If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday 5 February kick off 7.45pm subject to any selection for TV coverage.

Should either Chelsea or Manchester City be involved in a replay, the Premier League game between the clubs will move back from Monday 3 February to Saturday 1 February with a 5.30pm kick off.

The draw for the FA Cup fifth round will be after the completion of our game on Sunday at around 5.30pm, and will be broadcast on ITV1.


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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY

TACTICAL BRIEF
Stoke shocked Chelsea by coming from a goal down to win 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium in early December. Andre Schurrle was unfortunate to finish on the losing side having struck two splendid goals in the first hour.

The second transfer window of the season closes next Friday and new arrival, deep-lying midfielder Nenamja Matic, has already made his debut as a late substitute in the victory over Man United. His re-signing opens further options for Mourinho, including pushing Ramires forward on the right.

With Fernando Torres out with ligament damage for a few weeks, the stage is set for Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o. Ba has a record of four goals and two assists in six games against Stoke. Either should fancy their chances against a defence that has proved porous in recent weeks.

The Potters have also moved in the transfer window, signing Manchester City forward John Guidetti, 21, on loan. The Swede immediately enjoyed a cameo as substitute at Selhurst Park. Kenwyne Jones may return to the squad having not been selected recently.

Stoke have the Premier League's worst away record this season. They have lost eight and drawn two in 11 outings and only Fulham have conceded more than their 24 goals on the road.

By his own admission, Mark Hughes's side lack guile in the final third and they have hit the target in just one of their last five away trips, as he eases Stoke away from their old crash-bang-wallop ways to a more possession-based style. Midfielder Charlie Adam is their top scorer partly because he is their set-piece man.

Under Hughes, City attack down the flanks through Jonathan Walters on the right and Marko Arnautovic the left. The Austrian takes a direct approach, cutting inside and shooting powerfully from distance.

Jose Mourinho has to decide whether to recall Ashley Cole at full-back. Chelsea struggled in this department in the loss at the Britannia Stadium.

Despite seeing more of the ball than under previous manager Tony Pulis, Stoke have been made to pay for the unforced errors that have marked their game recently - including a 1-0 defeat when facing their former boss at Crystal Palace last weekend.

The week before they were edged out 5-3 at home by Luis Suarez and Liverpool. Despite some decent finishing themselves the Potters conceded avoidable fouls (some imagined by officials) in dangerous areas that handed the visitors easy opportunities.

The defeats meant Hughes's side slipped back to 13th and right in the heart of a remarkably wide-ranging relegation melée. Hughes may feel inclined to rest some of his key players ahead of the crucial meeting trip in a few days' time to fellow strugglers Sunderland, who are just four points behind them.

He could recall Wilson Palacios to start in midfield alongside Stephen Ireland - scorer in our league meeting - and may find space at the back for Andy Wilkinson.

Another legacy of the Pulis years is that Stoke are a tall side, which may influence Mourinho's team selection. One of Matic's great assets is that he is 6ft 4in - always useful against Ryan Shawcross (pictured below) and co.

Shawcross and Eto'o


Mourinho will also hope his attacking midfielders maintain the stunning form of recent matches. There is a new efficiency in front of goal and the Potters are not fastidious at preventing shots from outside the box.

Highly-rated youngster Jack Butland was recalled from loan at Barnsley to take over between the sticks after Asmir Begovic broke a finger and rewarded such faith with a triple save at Selhurst Park, however Begovic could return this weekend. Robert Huth, a title-winner with Chelsea, is recovering from surgery while injured wideman Matthew Etherington is expected to remain on the sidelines.

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY

WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Stoke have been drawn against each other on four previous occasions in the FA Cup with Chelsea progressing in three and Stoke one.

The most recent was in early March 2010 amid a lull in the general success of that season. In the match immediately before, Chelsea's 37-game unbeaten run had come to an end in a dismal 2-4 collapse against Manchester City. Just prior to that, Jose Mourinho's Inter had ended the Blues' Champions League campaign.

Up to that point Carlo Ancelotti's careful stewarding of the squad he had taken over in summer 2009 had led to the FA Cup quarter-finals, as well as a narrow lead at the top of the Premier League.

Yet suddenly the pressure was back on and facing the siege weaponry of Tony Pulis's artful Potters was not the ideal recovery. With Rory Delap flinging low throw-ins 40 metres, the visitors caused the cup-holders a few early goal area panics.

Then midway through the first half Frank Lampard settled nerves with a rising drive to open the scoring. In the second half John Terry, jeered by visiting fans throughout, powerfully headed the second from a corner and celebrated by lifting his sleeve to show his captain's armband.

Terry


The game ended 2-0 and, after seeing off Villa in the semi-finals, the Pensioners went on to complete a first ever league and cup Double by beating Portsmouth at Wembley.

The Blues are looking to extend our winning run against Stoke at Stamford Bridge to seven games in all competitions. The Potters last won here in October 1995 in the League Cup second round second leg when Glenn Hoddle and Lou Macari were the two managers.


Chelsea v Stoke in the FA Cup
5th round, 17 February 1934, Victoria Ground
Stoke....…...…………….3 Chelsea……….…………..1
Matthews 2 Oakton (pen)
Johnson
Att: 42,219


5th round, 12 February 1969, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea……….….……….3 Stoke……………………...2
Birchenall 17 Burrows 53
Osgood 32, 68 Dobing 71
Att: 39,191


5th round, 16 February 2003, Britannia Stadium
Stoke....…...…………….0 Chelsea……….…………..2
Hasselbaink 52
Gronkjaer 76
Att: 26,615


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Chelsea v Stoke in all competitions
Games played 90
Chelsea wins 41
Stoke wins 28
Draws 21


Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 7-0 Stoke City - 25/04/2010 - (Premier League)
Chelsea 2-5 Stoke City - 12/10/1946 - (Old Division One)


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea lost a home FA Cup tie in open play: 3,960
Stoke avoided defeat at Stamford Bridge: 6,689
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,172
Liverpool won the league: 8,667

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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V STOKE CITY

CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006, 2013


Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten home record in the FA Cup in open play to 26 games. Arsenal were the last team to win here, in the quarter-final in March 2003.

The run includes 21 wins and four draws. In one of the draws, the 2011 fourth-round replay, Everton progressed on penalties after a 1-1 score after extra time.

Frank Lampard is our all-time top scorer in the FA Cup with 26 goals.

We have kept five clean sheets and conceded just two goals in our last seven league and cup matches.

Jose Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in all 86 domestic games in open play.

Last six results
Dec 26 Swansea (h) W 1-0
Dec 29 Liverpool (h) W 2-1
Jan 1 Southampton (a) W 3-0
Jan 5 Derby (FA Cup a) W 2-0
Jan 11 Hull (a) W 2-0
Jan 19 Manchester United (h) W 3-1

2012/13 scorers (64)
Hazard 11 (1 pen), Eto'o 8, Oscar 8, Torres 8, Lampard 6 (1 pen), Ramires 4, Ba 3, Schurrle 3, own goals 3, Mikel 2, Terry 2, Willian 2, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mata 1

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 29 Jan West Ham home 7.45pm
Mon 3 Feb Manchester City away 8pm*
Sat 8 Feb Newcastle home 3pm
*Sat 1 Feb 5.30pm if either team is involved in an FA Cup replay

MILESTONES
Frank Lampard's next converted penalty will be his 50th for the Blues.

Frank's next goal will be his 250th in his club career (Chelsea 209, West Ham 39, Swansea 1).

If selected, Frank Lampard will move ahead of Peter Bonetti to become our second highest FA Cup appearance maker with 58 behind Ron Harris (64). He is already our leading all-time scorer in the competition with 26.

Congratulations to Jose Mourinho, who celebrates his 51st birthday this Sunday.


STOKE STATS
Stoke in the FA Cup
Winners: None
Runners-up: 2011
Semi-finalists: 1899, 1971, 1972


The Potters have the worst away record (with Hull) in the top flight, winning five points from 11 games. Their only victory on the road was at West Ham in August.

Their two away games in the Capital One Cup have seen a 2-0 win at Tranmere and a 4-4 draw at Birmingham.

Stoke have failed to score in six of their 11 away Barclays Premier League games this term.

The FA Cup win against Leicester was their only win in their last six games, during which they conceded 16 goals.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

Manager Mark Hughes
Days in charge: 241
Played 27
Won 8
Drawn 8
Lost 11

PMB

Last six results
Dec 26 Newcastle (a) L 1-5
Dec 29 Tottenham (a) L 0-3
Jan 1 Everton (h) D 1-1
Jan 4 Leicester (FA Cup h) W 2-1
Jan 12 Liverpool (h) L 3-5
Jan 18 Crystal Palace (a) L 0-1

2012/13 scorers (33)
Adam 6 (1 pen), Crouch 6, Jones 5, Assaidi 4, Ireland 3, Arnautovic 2, Walters 2, Begovic 1, Cameron 1, Nzonzi 1, Pennant 1, Shawcross 1

WINDOW WATCH
Completed January transfers

Chelsea
Ins Bertrand Traore (Bobo-Dioulasso, undisclosed), Nemanja Matic (Benfica, undisclosed)
Outs Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg, undisclosed), Sam Walker (Colchester, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa, loan), Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Patrick Bamford (Derby, loan), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Wigan, loan)
Stoke
Ins John Guidetti (Manchester City, loan), Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution, loan)
Outs Brek Shea (Barnsley, loan), Jamie Ness (Leyton Orient, loan), Juan Agudelo (Utrecht, loan)


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Chris Foy is the referee for his second Chelsea match of the season. He was the official for our match at West Ham in November.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

Visit again tomorrow for part two of the Briefing.

 

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Chelsea v Stoke City (FA Cup)

 

Chelsea

  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 21
    Nemanja Matic
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution

Substitutions

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
Shots on Target
5
1
Shots off Target
14
11
Corners
7
2
Fouls
8
12
Most fouls
Ivanovic
Cameron
2
3
Yellow Cards
3
Red Cards

Stoke City

  • 1
    Asmir Begovic
  • 20
    Geoff Cameron
  • 17
    Ryan Shawcross
  • 3
    Substitution Erik Pieters
  • 12
    Marc Wilson
  • 8
    Substitution Wilson Palacios
  • 15
    Steven Nzonzi
  • 19
    Jonathan Walters
  • 32
    Stephen Ireland
  • 10
    Substitution Marko Arnautovic
  • 25
    Peter Crouch

Substitutions

  • 6
    Glenn Whelan
  • 30
    Ryan Shotton
  • 24
    Substitution Oussama Assaidi
  • 5
    Substitution Marc Muniesa
  • 29
    Thomas Sorensen
  • 23
    John Guidetti
  • 16
    Substitution Charlie Adam

CHELSEA v STOKE CITY (FA) - 26/01/14

Chelsea vs Stoke City Highlights


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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 STOKE CITY 0

Summary
A brilliant free-kick from Oscar in the first half was enough to send us through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, as we recorded a seventh consecutive win in all competitions.

A strong Chelsea performance probably merited more goals, with Oscar and Andre Schurrle hitting woodwork either side of the break. Frank Lampard, going clear as our second-highest appearance-maker in this competition, also went close on three separate occasions.

Stoke nearly levelled soon after Oscar's fabulous opener but Stephen Ireland could only find the side-netting from close range. It was the closest they would come on an afternoon when Nemanja Matic made his full Chelsea debut, the Serbian impressing in midfield with his aerial power and tidiness in possession.

We face Manchester City away in the next round, due to be played the weekend of the 15/16 February.

Team news
Matic's first start was alongside the returning Lampard in central midfield. Our skipper for the day's 58th FA Cup game in a blue shirt moved him ahead of Peter Bonetti and six behind Ron Harris as the Chelsea player to have appeared most in this famous competition.

They were two of five changes Mourinho made from the side that defeated Manchester United so comfortably last Sunday. Cup specialist Mark Schwarzer started between the sticks, while David Luiz dropped back into central defence at the expense of John Terry. Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole lined up at full-back, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta began on the bench for only the second time in 10 games. Samuel Eto'o retained his place following his treble last week, and he was supported by Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, the German starting for the first time since the League Cup defeat at Sunderland before Christmas.

For Stoke, Mark Hughes made four alterations from his team's last outing, a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace, including the return of Asmir Begovic in goal, who had recovered from a broken finger sustained on Christmas Day. There was also a recall for Stephen Ireland, scorer of the Potters' second goal against us last month.

First half
Within 100 seconds of kick-off at a blustery Stamford Bridge Eto'o almost continued from where he left off last weekend. Receiving a pass from Hazard with his back to goal, the Cameroonian spun and shot in one movement, but his well-struck left-footed effort flashed just wide of the scrambling Begovic's goal.

Those two almost combined again a minute later but this time Hazard's teasing cross was a touch overhit, and it was our visitors, through Peter Crouch, who threatened next. First, the lanky striker got his head to Jon Walters's cross before our backline, including Schwarzer, but under serious pressure from David Luiz missed the target by some distance. Then an awkward-looking volley on the turn was again well wide.

We might have done better from a promising counter-attacking situation with 15 gone. Arnautovic had given the ball away cheaply in midfield - much to Mark Hughes's chagrin - giving Hazard the opportunity to thread an incisive pass through to Eto'o. The striker teed up Oscar who in turn played it on to Schurrle, but the recovering Shawcross got across well to deny the German before he could shoot.

A decent spell of Chelsea pressure close to the Stoke goal ended with Eto'o being felled from behind, 25 yards out. Oscar took free-kick responsibility ahead of the lurking David Luiz and Lampard, and it was a decision that was rewarded in some style. Our no.11 arched his strike from right to left, well clear of the wall. Though it was destined for Begovic's side of the goal, the ball was so well-placed, and hit with such venom, that the Bosnian didn't stand a chance.

Oscar Chelsea

Steven Nzonzi registered Stoke's first shot on target of the day with 33 minutes played, but it was hit from so far out Schwarzer wasn't overly troubled.

Then came a mad 120 seconds of play as the game opened up in dramatic fashion. Hazard made space for himself with some more wizardry out wide, beguiling a couple of Potters before flashing the ball across the face of the goal. It looked like Lampard, making a customary dart from deep, was going to turn it in for his 250th club goal but the ball just skidded beyond his outstretched leg.

Stoke broke and Ireland was played in, via a Lampard touch - our midfielder having raced back to offer his support in defence - but the Irishman's shot went the right side, from a Chelsea perspective, of Schwarzer's near post. It was our first real let off of the afternoon.

Play quickly moved back down the other end, and Hazard played in Oscar with much of the Stoke rearguard seemingly AWOL. The Brazilian set himself nicely and thrashed a shot past Begovic for the second time today, but unfortunately this time it thudded against the post and ran clear.

That spelled a strong end to the half for the Blues. Lampard did latch on to a cross from out on the right this time, connecting well with Ivanovic's driven delivery, but his left-footed half-volley whistled over. Then after more fine work from Oscar - the Brazilian a constant threat - Eto'o nearly wriggled free but was eventually crowded out by a sea of red and white.

Chelsea v Stoke City

Second half
Frank Blunstone, a veteran of the 1954/55 Championship-winning side, received a warm reception at half-time, and our former winger would have been proud of our present day wideman Schurrle's effort just after the restart. Matic skilfully found Oscar, who in turn passed it on to Schurrle. In front of the Matthew Harding Stand, the German drove at the Stoke defence before making space for a shot, which cannoned back off the top of the post and away to safety.

Those two linked up again with 52 gone. This time it was Schurrle's turn to set up Oscar, but he curled just wide with Begovic diving anxiously on.

With a number of Chelsea chances to double our advantage having now not been taken, Mourinho would have been relieved to see two Stoke efforts in quick succession miss Schwarzer's goal. Firstly Walters fired wide following good approach play from Nzonzi, before Arnautovic swerved a 25-yard free-kick over the wall but off target.

In possession, Stoke were operating a relatively attacking 4-2-3-1 formation, but when we had the ball, it reverted to something more resembling a 4-5-1 shape, with just Crouch left ahead of the ball. That meant space in the final third was severely limited, though Hazard nearly prized an opening with a cut-in from the left that has become his trademark. Frustratingly, no player in blue anticipated his clever slide-rule through pass.

Hazard Chelsea

Mourinho brought on Ramires, in place of Schurrle, and changed our formation to a 4-3-3, Matic now tasked with shielding the back four behind Lampard and Ramires.

It was from this slightly more advanced position that Lampard brought the best out of Begovic, chesting the ball into his path and striking clean and low, but the Stoke stopper got down well to hold on. Then Hazard raced past two or three Potters, keeping his balance beautifully as he went, before nudging the ball into a danger area. It ricocheted off the back of Ramires's heels to Eto'o barely four yards from goal, but the ball got caught under his feet and when he did finally steer an effort goalwards, it trickled agonisingly wide.

Ramires tumbled in the box under the challenge of Pieters but referee Foy saw nothing in it, but the man in black did award us a free-kick when the Brazilian was cynically halted in his tracks 20 yards from goal by Pieters. David Luiz's set-piece strike was a thunderbolt, which Begovic anticipated expertly to tip over his bar.

That was the final goalmouth action of a satisfying afternoon for the Blues, who have now not lost at home in open play in this competition since March 2003, 27 games ago. The fifth round beckons, where we will face Manchester City away, three weeks from now.

Chelsea

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Lampard (c), Matic; Schurrle (Ramires 69), Oscar (Willian 81), Hazard; Eto'o (Ba 84).
Unused subs Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Mikel.
Scorer Oscar 27

Stoke (4-1-4-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters (Muniesa 84); Palacios (Assaidi 71); Arnautovic (Adam 82), Ireland, Nzonzi, Walters; Crouch.
Unused subs Sorensen, Shotton, Whelan, Guidetti.
Booked Cameron 31, Wilson 45+1, Pieters 82.

Referee Chris Foy
Crowd 40,845

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

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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