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Roberto Di Matteo supervises a training session in Munich

Chelsea hopeful of swift appointment in search for new manager

Chelsea are hoping their new manager could be in place within the next two weeks, according to the club's chief executive Ron Gourlay.

Fernando Torres complained about his season of chronic failure

James Lawton: Stop shooting your mouth off and start hitting the target

Isn't it funny – or maybe just sad – how often we touch up the more implacable realities of life with a dab or two from the palette of special pleading?

<b>Fernando Torres (Spain)</b><br/>
Had David Villa not fractured his left tibia, he would be Spain's leading contender for the golden boot award. The Barcelona forward has shone in the big tournaments but with his participation this summer unsure, and should he return, just what state he will be in being uncertain, the need for goals could rest with Fernando Torres. His inclusion a couple of months ago would have been laughable, but that Champions League goal against Barcelona and his first hat-trick for Chelsea suggest the Torres of old may finally be back. Although if El Nino goes missing once more, a midfield that includes David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and Andre Iniesta means there are goals elsewhere.

Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata added to Spain squad

Champions League winners Fernando Torres and Juan Mata have been added to the Spain squad ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Serbia and South Korea, the Spanish football federation have announced.

<b>Mario Gomez (Germany)</b><br/>
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez scored on his debut for Germany in 2007 against Switzerland. In the 51 games he's played since, he's notched an noble 21 goals. Yet his form in the big tournaments has failed to impress. Despite breaking up the tried and tested partnership of Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose at Euro 2008, he failed to score at the tournament, including a substitute appearance in the final against Spain. At the World Cup in South Africa, he was similarly useless - again failing to find the net even once. But this season he's been in startling form for his club side, scoring 26 goals in the league and an incredible 12 in Bayern's march to the Champions League final - and that's why we're backing the 26-year-old to break his tournament duck and then some at Euro 2012. If he doesn't, Germany can look to those trusted old hands Klose and Podolski to see them through.

Euro 2012 files: The golden boot contenders

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

John Terry cannot believe he has been sent off - but he had to go

'That special spirit is part of the DNA of these Chelsea players', says Roberto di Matteo

Roberto di Matteo, the Chelsea interim manager, last night hailed the never-say-die spirit of his players that took them past Barcelona and into their second Champions League final in five seasons.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Seriously ill Petrov an inspiration

Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 4

Gary Cahill opened the scoring for Chelsea

Chelsea caretaker Roberto Di Matteo happy with Gary Cahill performance

Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was happy with the contribution of defender Gary Cahill following his side's 5-2 win over Leicester in the sixth round of the FA Cup yesterday.

Di Matteo: Restored Torres responded in fantastic style

Roberto Di Matteo's first team selection as Chelsea's interim manager last night was unremarkable in as much as it was the same XI, bar one, that had been fortunate to deny Birmingham City the win at Stamford Bridge in that might have brought the reign of Andre Villas-Boas to an even earlier end.

‘People could have gone to City because of the super team being put together’, Andre Villas-Boas Chelsea manager

'We can't compete with City'– AVB risks Roman's wrath again

The Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has risked further testing the patience of the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, by claiming his squad always lacked the quality to compete with Manchester City this season.

Daniel Sturridge underlined his credentials for a Euro 2012 berth with a useful Wembley display

AVB helps my England career, says Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has become the latest Chelsea player to affirm publicly the qualities of Andre Villas-Boas, crediting the Portuguese with being the first manager at Stamford Bridge to have helped his international career.

Didier Drogba and Andre Villas-Boas are all smiles

Didier Drogba says Chelsea players must take responsibility

Didier Drogba stopped short of telling Chelsea to "man up" ahead of their Champions League clash at Napoli but called on his team-mates to take responsibility for getting their season back on track.

The most memorable transfer deadline day deals

Since the implementation of a transfer window during the 2002/03 season, 'deadline day' has become something of a highlight during the football season.

It is now 14 hours, 53 minutes since Torres last scored a goal

Torres misses chance to end nightmare

Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0: Spanish striker substituted as Norwich hold out while Chelsea lose more ground to leaders

Bojan Djordjic is living proof that teenage sensations don’t always become big stars

Ian Holloway: Paying huge amounts for teen talent is plain daft. Chelsea have got it wrong

I genuinely feel worried for the three youngsters the club have signed

Chelsea: Potential January transfer targets

Chelsea are in a fight with Arsenal and Liverpool for the final Champions League place having struggled throughout the first half of the season.

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