Flexible squad can carry Blues to glory, says Hiddink

Guus Hiddink, Chelsea's interim manager, believes his squad's adaptability could hold the key to success on three fronts this season. Chelsea remain unbeaten since the Dutch coach agreed to take charge and they have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup. The Blues are also chasing Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. Hiddink's side cut United's lead to four points with a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday but their rivals have a game in hand.

Chelsea take heart from United slip

Chelsea's chance to have a direct effect on Manchester United's season has passed but when the squad gathered at their hotel on Saturday lunchtime, they watched a Liverpool team who showed others the way. The Chelsea winger Florent Malouda said Rafael Benitez's team had demonstrated that the champions were not unbeatable and others could take their lead.

Chelsea go second as Hiddink's run continues

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Joe Cole targets pre-season return

Chelsea's England midfielder Joe Cole said today that he had given up any hope of playing again this season but is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

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Cole avoids England censure over charge

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Essien still weeks from return as Chelsea enter crucial period

Ghana midfielder unlikely to be available soon despite appearance for reserves

Cole faces new blow in season of frustration

Chelsea fear ligament damage and long-term absence for midfielder

Mikel keeps head to play cards right

John Obi Mikel is relishing a role at the heart of the Chelsea team – and is determined to keep his head this season. The 21-year-old has made the most of the opportunity presented after a serious knee injury ruled out Michael Essien until the latter stages of the campaign.

Answer to title conundrum could come made in Japan

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Wilkins warns Hull of pressure that comes with life at the top

Ray Wilkins probably spoke for a lot of people when asked to contemplate Chelsea's game tonight at Hull City. "It's second versus third. At the start of the season you wouldn't have said that nine games in it would be like that, but it's great to see the work they've done there."

Pogatetz apologises for 'misjudged' tackle

Middlesbrough's Emanuel Pogatetz telephoned Manchester United's young Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Possebon yesterday to apologise for the challenge which saw the 19-year-old taken off on a stretcher during his debut on Tuesday night, taking oxygen and with his leg in splints.

Chelsea sign Brazilian Mineiro

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has bolstered his squad by signing Brazilian midfielder Mineiro until the end of the season.

Ferguson claims pro-Chelsea bias after Terry wins red card appeal

Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday accused the Premier League's head of referees Keith Hackett of favouring Chelsea after John Terry's red card was controversially rescinded to make the defender eligible for the league match against Manchester United on Sunday. Mark Halsey, the referee who awarded the card, has been banished to League Two as punishment.

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