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Chelsea take first step to qualifying from Group G

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Cesc Fabregas in action during Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Schalke on Wednesday night
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
Didier Drogba makes the first start of his second Chelsea spell tonight

Chelsea vs Schalke team news: Didier Drogba makes first Chelsea start since the 2012 Champions League final

Striker memorably scored the winning penalty in that final

Champions League: Bayern Munich vs Manchester City and Chelsea vs Schalke live scores and Twitter updates

Keep up to the minute with tonight's Champions League action

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Chelsea vs Schalke: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League Group G clash at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea vs Schalke: Champions League video preview, including the lowdown on Diego Costa

Video:The Independent's Simon Rice and Tom Sheen preview Chelsea's opening Champions League group game against Schalke

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea vs Schalke: Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Jose Mourinho among five talking points ahead of Champions League meeting

The Blues faced the Germans in the group stages last year, winning twice

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea vs Schalke: Jose Mourinho says winning Champions League title is not 'an obsession'

The Special One is yet to lift the European title with the Blues having done it so far with Porto and Inter Milan

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Chelsea vs Schalke: Controversial Gazprom deals cast cloud ahead of Champions League game

The Russian energy giant and one of the growing corporate forces in the European game

Jose Mourinho reacts during Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Werder Bremen

Jose Mourinho: Ron Gourlay reveals Chelsea want Special One to stay for next 10 years

The Portuguese coach is enjoying life during his second spell at Stamford Bridge

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea backed to progress from Champions League group phase

Analysis from Bloomberg Sports makes current holders Real Madrid the favourites

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard contract: Jose Mourinho confirms Chelsea are in talks with Hazard over a long-term mega-contract

Reports suggest that Hazard could become the club's highest paid player on £200,000-a-week

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard set for five-year, £200,000-a-week contract offer from Chelsea

Belgian will become the Blues' highest-paid player

Manuel Neuer brilliantly saves Ronaldo's penalty

Jose Mourinho laments the time Cristiano Ronaldo 'failed' in the Champions League

The Chelsea manager has won the European Cup twice - but wishes it had been more

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Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
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Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?