Ranieri uses fear factor to fend off United threat

Claudio Ranieri, the Chelsea manager, will apply the fear factor to motivate his side ahead of a difficult trip to Aston Villa today. The Italian has already conceded the Premiership title to Arsenal, and yesterday he warned his squad that Manchester United "are a big shark" lurking behind them in third place and they "can still easily overtake us".

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Hasselbaink keeps the dream alive

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 1

Opinion: Say what you like about Sven - he speaks for himself

The press missed the big sports story last week because the England manager gives nothing away, says Paul Newman

James Lawton: Eriksson still has to learn the art of building an international team

If the irony was any heavier it might be mistaken for a hold-full of pig iron. No doubt calling Sven Goran Eriksson the Tinkerman - plainly, it was the only title that could easily be transferred from Claudio Ranieri to the man who was so recently negotiating to take his job - was meant as a mild, if rather belated, reproof after England's latest defeat by Sweden.

Vialli: how Claudio is making the most of his impossible job

As someone who was once stabbed in the back while occupying the Chelsea hot seat, the last place one would have expected to find Gianluca Vialli during Wednesday night's Champions' League quarter-final against Arsenal was lurking in the bowels of Stamford Bridge talking about Claudio Ranieri.

Peter Corrigan: Roman, Sven and the grand martyr of Chelski

Sympathy for Claudio Ranieri is becoming difficult to sustain. The "dead man walking" manager of Chelsea is ascending to such a peak of national adoration that you have to start envying him the power he has gained from his masterly refusal to be humiliated by the feudal lord of his manor.

Hasselbaink hat-trick comforts Claudio

Chelsea 5 Wolves 2

Duff is lost for words despite his winner

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Cudicini out of European quarter-final

The Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri, confirmed that it will be another month before the goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini returns to action after surgery.

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