Referee unlikely to help Terry in red card appeal

John Terry will appeal his red card against Manchester City but it is understood that referee Mark Halsey is in no mood to change his mind. The official made the decision because of what he perceived as the cynicism of Terry's block on striker Jo rather than the theory that he was punishing the England captain for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Marseille are back on song but Bordeaux lack bodies

For Chelsea and Liverpool, the group stage of the Champions' League begins this week witha French connection; in Liverpool's case it is déjà vu, in Chelsea's something new.

Michael Essien suffers cruciate injury

Chelsea look set to be without Michael Essien for the rest of the year after it was confirmed the midfielder would need surgery on a knee injury.

Spurs will leave Berbatov in reserves

Tottenham are willing to make Dimitar Berbatov play reserve-team football if they do not receive a suitable offer for the striker from Manchester United.

Wigan Athletic 0 Chelsea 1: Art of Deco lifts Chelsea to top as Scolari paints picture of new world

Luiz Felipe Scolari has managed in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he has won a World Cup in Japan and he comes from the remote Rio Grande do Sul in the southern Brazil, but he admitted that, until yesterday, he had never been to that distant, exotic kingdom known as the north of England. Chelsea will have play better on their further visits if they are to win the Premier League this season.

Robinho's rising price threatens Chelsea deal

Chelsea are cooling their interest in the Brazilian international Robinho because Real Madrid keep changing their asking price, and are now considering giving Shaun Wright-Phillips another chance to prove himself this season. The England international was told earlier in the summer that he could leave for the right price but a decent showing in pre-season has caused Luiz Felipe Scolari to reconsider.

Chelsea close in on Robinho as final signing of the summer

Chelsea are increasingly confident that they will be able to sign Robinho from Real Madrid within the next two weeks following another meeting in London with the Brazilian's agent Wagner Ribeiro.

Essien signs new Chelsea deal

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Scolari unable to halt talk of Ronaldo Real move

The English may be missing as Euro 2008 begins in Switzerland today, but the names of Manchester United and Chelsea continue to be heard. On the eve of his team's opening game here against Turkey, Portugal's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari found himself having to deny advising Cristiano Ronaldo to join Real Madrid, as well as refusing to rule out the possibility of becoming Chelsea's next manager. Meanwhile United were making plans to report Real to Fifa next week for what Sir Alex Ferguson has called their "intimidation" in attempting to lure Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo redeemed after Drogba's Moscow madness earns a red card

It was a tale of two superstars and it was always destined to become for one of them the best of times and for the other the worst. In the end the winner was Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro and the unlucky loser, in a team of them, was Didier Drogba.

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 1: Chelsea capitalise as Ferguson's focus is blurred by Barça

Let's face it, if Sir Alex Ferguson had to choose between a result against Chelsea on Saturday or one against Barcelona tomorrow it would be the latter every time. Which must have been the compromise he made with himself when he sketched out a team sheet on Saturday morning that did not include Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrice Evra and, to a lesser extent, Paul Scholes and Carlos Tevez.

Grant: 'You want me to tell you what I say to players?'

Avram Grant spent five minutes and 39 seconds ducking questions last night. Here is a transcript of his post-match interview at Goodison

Robson says England must produce better youngsters

Sir Bobby Robson said yesterday that England must produce better young players if the national team is to be competitive in international football. The former England manager believes that although players such as Arsenal's Theo Walcott are promising, they are few and far between.

The tall guy and fall guy set dilemma for Grant

It was not until a full hour after the final whistle that Avram Grant emerged for his press conference. Given the Chelsea manager's style of also naming his team late – it was not until 1pm yesterday that it was confirmed to the players that Michael Ballack was in, Michael Essien out – it was in keeping.

I will not rest until we reach final, says Grant

The flight carrying the Chelsea squad to Athens for tonight's Champions League tie away to Olympiakos was forced to circle Eleftherios Venizelos airport for two hours because of heavy snow, which led to a shutdown of the area. In some ways, too, Chelsea's season is in a bit of a holding pattern waiting to see where it is going to land.

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