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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

Fernando Torres has scored just three goals since joining last January

Chelsea not planning to buy striker insists Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas has claimed Chelsea have no plans to sign a striker, despite the prospect of losing Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou in January.

Nicolas Anelka (right) poses with his new shirt and Shanghai Shenhua club investor Zhu Jun after signing a two-year deal

Jean Tigana set to join Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua

Former French international Jean Tigana will land in Shanghai on Saturday to put the finishing touches to a deal which will see him manage Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, the club told Reuters today.

Drogba has been selected for a global humanitarian award

Ambassador Drogba heals wounds of civil war back in homeland

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Drogba has been selected for a global humanitarian award

Drogba heals the wounds of civil war in homeland

Chelsea striker is a growing influence beyond the playing fields

Roberto Mancini and Andre Villas-Boas share a joke last night

James Lawton: Blues rise off the canvas to deliver a knockout blow

Chelsea were in danger of not just being beaten but outclassed, even cast into a much lower category than Manchester City, the team who have exceeded their spending power and also perhaps their ambition.

Gaël Clichy was sent off after this trip on Ramires

James Lawton: Blues rise off the canvas to deliver KO

Villas-Boas's worst fears were cutting into him pretty much like the icy rain

Frank Lampard is embraced by Didier Drogba after smashing in the winner

Spot on Lampard blows the title race wide open

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Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to make Shanghai transfer

Nicolas Anelka's nomadic career took its most exotic turn today after it was confirmed he was leaving Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in the new year.

'Defending is not City's strongest point,' says Petr Cech

Younger players, same old story: Chelsea must convert chances

When Chelsea were beaten 4-2 at home by the newly enriched Manchester City in the spring of 2010, it proved only a glancing blow rather than a fatal wound to their title aspirations.

Nicolas Anelka: At 32, the France striker hoped to end his career at Chelsea but may depart in January

Anelka to make decision on move by Monday‎

Shanghai Shenhua expects Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will make a decision by Monday over whether to join the Chinese Super League club.

Frank Lampard still has a future at Chelsea, says Andre Villas-Boas

England midfielder Frank Lampard still has a major role to play at Chelsea despite being left out of the team that beat Valencia 3-0 last night to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, manager Andre Villas-Boas said.

 

Didier Drogba celebrates giving Chelsea the lead on a night when he was back to his best

Chelsea qualify as group winners after decimation of Valencia

There are some games in which only a vintage performance from Didier Drogba will do for Chelsea, and luckily for Andre Villas-Boas last night, in his hour of direst need, the young manager got one from his old battle-scarred striker.

Didier Drogba fires home the first of his two goals last night

James Lawton: Drogba says his place in history can wait – at least for a while

This may have been the night when the dizzying progress of a hitherto brilliant young football coach was rescued from the wrath of a notoriously impatient oligarch.

Chelsea: Man for man marking

Petr Cech

Didier Drogba fires home the first of his two goals last night

James Lawton: Drogba says his place in history can wait – at least for while

It's hard to remember a more dramatic galvanising of a talent than Drogba produced

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