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

<i>Les Bleus</i> on the brink after Mexican defeat

France 0 Mexico 2

Domenech puts faith in Malouda to contain French revolution

France v Mexico; Today, 7.30pm, BBC1

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Faltering France frustrate Malouda

Chelsea forward is unhappy to warm the bench but Domenech's men find the 'new Vieira' in Arsenal's Diaby

Ribéry fails to build on Diaby platform

On the side of a flyover in Cape Town, as the motorway slithers down to one of the world's great waterfronts, is an electronic tally of the number of goals scored in what in South Africa they refer to as the "Mother City". The day after the opening game at Green Point, it was still reading zero.

Domenech struggles to fight off French revolution over Henry

The France manager, Raymond Domenech, is facing a revolt from within his squad, the players demanding that he reinstate Thierry Henry for their opening World Cup fixture against Uruguay.

Cole's flashes of finesse are enough to sway Capello

Despite a poor season, Chelsea man is still the one who can produce the unexpected

Utaka ready to accept mission impossible

Portsmouth haven't beaten Chelsea for 50 years but their Nigerian forward says the underdogs can cause a shock in the FA Cup final

James Lawton: Ferguson's words fall on deaf ears as Chelsea sound their title charge

Drogba's brilliance and Lampard's rediscovered taste for battle offer the perfect riposte to United manager's verbal sparring

Holders Chelsea book place in FA Cup final

Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 3

James Lawton: Technology can halt another title travesty

Drogba's almost laughably illicit goal might be the decisive factor in a season-long battle

Thrillers from history teach us to always expect the unexpected

The focus is on Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas, but the key man in the title race may prove to be one of the supporting cast. That was the case the last time the Premier League title was this closely contested with seven games to go.

Ancelotti demands focus from Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti believes his Chelsea side must prepare for their remaining matches like they are cup finals if they are to end the season as Barclays Premier League champions.

Chelsea stumble in title race after draw at Blackburn

Blackburn 1 Chelsea 1

Ancelotti claims style advantage over predecessor

Italian says Chelsea have found the elegant 'identity' demanded by Abramovich
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