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The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Gomez saves Germany's blushes

Mario Gomez scored a 90th minute winner as Germany beat Austria 2-1 to maintain a 100 per cent record in Euro 2012 qualifying.

Malouda urges return of Hiddink

Florent Malouda believes Guus Hiddink has the attributes needed to succeed at Chelsea, should the Dutchman return to manage the club, having worked wonders during his short spell in charge in 2009.

Man-for-man marking: United and Chelsea

Manchester Utd

Underpowered Chelsea face defining moment

Chelsea 1 Wigan Athletic 0

Drogba happy to play second fiddle at Chelsea

Didier Drogba has promised not to walk out on Chelsea despite having fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Fernando Torres.

No evidence of £52m Chelsea bid for Atletico duo Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin

Chelsea have not made a £52million bid for Atletico Madrid pair Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin, despite claims to the contrary by the Spanish club's majority shareholder.

Chelsea back in the hunt after rediscovering their lethal edge

Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 4

Carlo Ancelotti declares title race back on

Carlo Ancelotti declared Chelsea back in the Barclays Premier League title race after seeing them end their miserable run by beating Bolton.

Outside the Box: It's official: If you want to win a penalty shoot-out, go first

What many of us have long suspected has been confirmed by new research from no less an authority than the London School of Economics: penalty shoot-outs give an advantage to the team that takes first turn.

Kalou confident Chelsea slump is unrelated to Wilkins' sacking

Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou insists the players have not been affected by the shock departure of assistant Ray Wilkins and the rumours surrounding coach Carlo Ancelotti's future.

France coach says depleted hosts are still favourites

France manager Laurent Blanc claimed yesterday England remain a far stronger side than his own, despite the hosts' loss of 12 players – and counting – through injury.

English clubs stifle young French talent, says Blanc

Laurent Blanc, the coach of France and a former Manchester United player, believes that promising teenagers should think twice before joining a big club in the Premier League, as it may just lead to years on the bench.

Hodgson delighted for match-winner Torres

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was delighted striker Fernando Torres silenced his critics with both goals in the victory over Chelsea but was keen to praise the rest of the team for their performance.

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