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Masterclass from Torres undoes Chelsea

Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

Ivanovic hits the front to punish profligate Rovers

Blackburn Rovers 1 Chelsea 2

Wily Blanc injects some urgency into French campaign

France 2 Romania 0

Fans in raptures at prospect of Nasri and Gourcuff in midfield

Playmaking duo rekindle memories of Platini and Giresse but Blanc tries to calm nation's expectations

Chelsea confirm intention to remain at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have again reiterated their desire to remain at Stamford Bridge.

Terry hopes Anelka ends career with 'happy' Blues

Chelsea captain urges striker to stay at club 'for years to come' after fine display against Marseilles

Manchester United never doubted Berbatov insists Vidic

Nemanja Vidic insists his Manchester United team-mates have never doubted the quality of Dimitar Berbatov.

Anelka helps Blues to cruise past Zilina

MSK Zilina 1 Chelsea 4

Blanc hails 'turning point' after France win

France coach Laurent Blanc has told his side that last night's victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina "has to be the turning point".

Blanc recalls Saha but says Toulalan is 'not essential'

The new France coach, Laurent Blanc, has high hopes for Everton striker Louis Saha in next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers but was yesterday forced to defend his decision to omit Jérémy Toulalan from his 21-man squad.

Blanc takes charge of France and promises clean slate for players

Laurent Blanc has expressed his pride after being unveiled as the France coach yesterday. The former Bordeaux manager was named as Raymond Domenech's successor with the national team at last week's meeting of the French Football Federation's federal council.

Malouda hopeful France can recover

France midfielder Florent Malouda is hoping the appointment of Laurent Blanc can restore Les Bleus' credibility.

Evra 'disgusted' by France campaign

Captain Patrice Evra admits it feels like France are a "small football nation - and it hurts" after they lurched towards the verge of early World Cup elimination with a 2-0 defeat to Mexico at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Hernandez leaves France on the brink

France 0 Mexico 2
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