Reece James is the cover star of today's matchday programme, which features an exclusive interview with Ross Barkley as well as all the usual features and the manager's and captain's notes.

Barkley gets all nostalgic as he tells his story In His Own Words. As well as revealing which players he looked up for as a young lad supporting Everton and England, he also recalls his early memories of Chelsea and which players stood out back then.

Elsewhere in the programme, Kurt Zouma's best moments as a Blue are looked back upon ahead of what could be his 50th Premier League start for the club.

Writing in his manager's notes, Frank Lampard says wants to see us match our performance from the away game against Spurs, particularly with our gap on those chasing us closing in recent weeks: 'We need to show the same passion on the pitch as we did when we travelled there and won earlier in the season, because this is going to be another tough game.

'We are all very aware that things have tightened up in the battle for Champions League places. This is another opportunity for us to strengthen our position against a direct rival, and it’s one we need to take.'

In his captain’s column, Cesar Azpilicueta calls for unity after the disappointment against Man United.

'This is the time to stick together more than ever and fight towards our targets,' he writes. 'We know how much this match means to the fans and, with your support, together with the right mentality on the pitch, we will give everything to get the right result.'

The Journey Home focuses on three very different strikers who were all born on the same day - 20 February - and each became Blues heroes: Jimmy Greaves, Peter Osgood and David Speedie.

Another brilliant Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, details his Secrets of the Dressing Room, and elsewhere Glenn Hoddle is the focus of Star Gazing. Our former midfielder Nigel Spackman reveals what it was like to deal with the most naturally talented English footballer of his generation, who later went on to become his manager at the Bridge.

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