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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

Raul Meireles (left) congratulates Ramires on his goal, Chelsea's second, at the Bridge last night

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Chelsea 3 Valencia 0

The Chelsea players congratulate two-goal hero Didier Drogba

Chelsea abandon cavalier tactics and advance to knockout phase

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Steve Kean was booed despite a win for Blackburn

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Blackburn manager Steve Kean is confident his side can secure a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea back on track with much needed win

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The Chelsea goalkeeper is not suited to be the 'sweeper-keeper' preferred by Villas-Boas

Cech on hit-list for Chelsea's summer exodus

Andre Villas-Boas has identified Chelsea's long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech as one of a number of players who would be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season as part of the comprehensive overhaul of the club's ageing squad the Portuguese has planned should he remain in place as manager next summer.

Redknapp has been charged on two counts

Harry Redknapp urges FA to delay appointment of Fabio Capello England successor

Harry Redknapp thinks the Football Association should wait until the end of the season before considering who will take over from Fabio Capello as England manager.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) takes on Fabio da Silva

James Lawton: Zaha the brightest star on a night for young contenders

It was supposed to be the night when Ravel Morrison, Manchester United's teenager of ravishing talent and rambunctious nature, made an announcement to the football nation.

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Players starting to turn on manager Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is likely to keep his job even if the club are eliminated from the Champions League next week, though the first substantial sense that his players are beginning to doubt him emerged after the desperately poor Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) takes on Fabio da Silva

James Lawton: Zaha shines brightest on a night for young contenders

Throughout the first half he was quite the best thing in the match - quick and skilful

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas faces some key fixtures this month

Chelsea players turning against Villas-Boas

Blues manager safe in job... at least until January

Drogba is the favoured choice of AC Milan

Didier Drogba to 'go where the most money is' says agent

Didier Drogba's agent has revealed he has snubbed Chelsea's offer of a one-year contract extension and vowed to "go where he is offered the most money" after turning down a loan move to AC Milan.

Juan Mata insists the players are behind Villas-Boas

Juan Mata insists squad are behind Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas

Juan Mata insists Andre Villas-Boas has the total backing of the Chelsea squad.

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Players to blame for dip in form says Petr Cech

Petr Cech has delivered a damning assessment of Chelsea's current failings, pinning the blame firmly on the players and absolving manager Andre Villas-Boas of responsibility.

Manuel Friedrich's header beats Petr Cech

Friedrich's blow piles more pain on Villas-Boas

And so the hangman tightens his noose. Talk of Andre Villas-Boas's execution after just 16 weeks as Chelsea manager might have seemed premature, almost paranoid, but after his side's hopes of progress in the Champions League were jolted as their Premier League dreams have been, the Portuguese will feel Roman Abramovich's breath on his neck.

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