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Ancelotti, who led the Blues to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, also admits he left out Didier Drogba for a match after he arrived 30 minutes late

John Terry blocks Ireland's shot on the line but appeals for hand-ball are not required as the Villa man knocked in the rebound

Ireland pulls strings as Chelsea flounder again

Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 3: Villas-Boas left with nothing but excuses as Villa's pace quickens decline

Chelsea's late goal habit costs them against Villa

Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 3

As a Blackburn player Phil Jones (right) tangled with his current Manchester Utd team-mate Ryan Giggs

Kean: I discovered Jones

It says much for Phil Jones' impact at Manchester United that, just five months after leaving today's opposition Blackburn Rovers, the 19-year-old's £16.5m transfer fee already looks like a bargain.

Torres goals will arrive soon, says Mata

Juan Mata is adamant Fernando Torres will eventually come good for Chelsea after watching the £50million man fail to take advantage of his long-awaited recall.

Torres' latest goal drought grew to 10 matches

Villas-Boas praises Torres after recall

Andre Villas-Boas had nothing but praise for Fernando Torres, despite watching Chelsea's £50million man fluff his first Barclays Premier League start for almost two months.

Clint Dempsey scores the equaliser for Fulham despites the attentions of David Luiz and Petr Cech

Chelsea held by Fulham in west London derby

Chelsea 1 Fulham 1

Andre Villas-Boas says he has adjusted the team to suit Didier Drogba (left) and Daniel Sturridge

AVB claims 'radical' move has Chelsea back on track

Rebalanced side host Fulham having found way in 'magnificent' show at Spurs, says manager

Despite Villas-Boas having previously claimed Alex and Nicolas Anelka, who were sidelined after submitting transfer requests, could force their way back into his plans, he declared the former would not be recalled - even if the worst happened

Villas-Boas rules out recall for Alex

Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated he will not bring Alex in from the cold, even if it means Chelsea starting Boxing Day's west London derby with John Terry as their only fit centre-half.

'They have two players going to the African Nations Cup. Kolo Toure is not playing a lot but he is a great player,' Adebayor said. 'Yaya Toure has been amazing for them this year'

African Nations Cup could cost Manchester City, says Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor believes the wheels could come off Manchester City's title challenge when they lose Yaya Toure for the African Nations Cup next year.

John Terry fails to prevent Emmanuel Adebayor putting Spurs 1-0 ahead at White Hart Lane last night

Cech accepts blame for Adebayor's goal

Petr Cech held up his hands once more after his second mistake in six days again proved costly to Chelsea's fading Barclays Premier League title hopes.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Bale opt for an unusual celebration

James Lawton: The troubled talisman shows survival instinct

Terry faced a night of relentless booing and harassment from the big man of Togo

Chelsea's Oriol Romeu slides in on Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last night

Stunning stalemate delights Manchester

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 1

Yaya Touré wins African Footballer of the Year award

Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré was named African Footballer of the Year last night, finishing ahead of Ghana's Andre "Dede" Ayew and Mali's Seydou Keita.

Daniel Sturridge equalised 25 minutes in

Terry centre of attention in stalemate at the Lane

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Jordi Gomez scores the equalising goal

Chelsea held at Wigan after late equaliser

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