Dropped Drogba left to sulk with the kids

Didier Drogba had to suffer the ignominy of training with the Chelsea academy players yesterday with the player privately claiming that he has been victimised by Luiz Felipe Scolari for the club's run of poor form.

Scolari: 'I have the players' backing'

Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he has the backing of his players ahead of what he is viewing as their biggest game of the season - against Southend in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Scolari is scared to play me with Anelka, claims Drogba

Didier Drogba yesterday heaped more pressure on his under-pressure manager Luiz Felipe Scolari when he complained that he does not understand why the Brazilian is "scared" to pick him and Nicolas Anelka in the same team. Drogba's future at the club is anything but certain and he has done Scolari no favours with yet another downbeat interview.

Inter dismiss Drogba links

Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca insists the club are not interested in signing Chelsea's Didier Drogba in January.

'It's a penalty. The player knew it, the ref did not give it'

Luiz Felipe Scolari launched another attack on English refereeing standards when he pointed out yesterday that his side had not yet been awarded a penalty in the Premier League this season.

Van der Sar signs new contract at Manchester United

Edwin van der Sar a has agreed a new one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

Elmander's strike gives Bolton a sign of progress

Middlesbrough 1 Bolton Wanderers 3

Lamps and Big Phil find bond as Blues brothers

If there is one Chelsea player whose spirit and stature might be expected to impress a new manager it is probably the indomitable John Terry. Yet although Luiz Felipe Scolari admires Terry sufficiently to recommend him to Fabio Capello as England captain, he chooses someone different as the embodiment of the club.

Danielle Ward In Glorious Technicolor, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

After a slightly torpid start, Danielle Ward's decision to tell us breathlessly everything that's inside her head pays off.

Round-up: Weary Germany stunned by Bulyga's double blow

Schadenfreude is all British supporters have left to revel in over the course of this summer's meaningful international action and Germany, the country that kindly gifted it to the world, delivered a first taste last night as they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Belarus in their penultimate game before making the short journey to Austria to assume their standing as the favourites for Euro 2008.

In Chelsea, dreams turn into nightmares

"Life begins at Fulham Broadway," screamed the billboards outside the west London Tube station of the same name. But for the thousands of Chelsea fans who descended on SW6 for a 12-hour jamboree yesterday, it felt like where life ended.

'I am happy' declares coach despite his first defeat

Fabio Capello last night promised that England "will be ready" when they come to face the Czech Republic on 20 August, prior to the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign, after last night's defeat to France.

Grant fights to save job after capitulation at Barnsley

Avram Grant is likely to be sacked by Chelsea this summer, unless he steers the club to success in the Champions League or Premier League. That appears to be the consequence of Chelsea's second cup failure in two weeks.

Wenger dismisses Bentley talk of Walcott's departure

Arsène Wenger reacted with annoyance yesterday to David Bentley's claim that the striker Theo Walcott may have to "look elsewhere" if he is to achieve regular first-team football. "I don't give a big importance to his opinion," the Arsenal manager said of Bentley. "I don't know why one player should incite another to leave his club. It's not his job."

'Beating a superior team makes whole thing taste better'

Tottenham Hotspur's victory had a "special flavour" because they defeated, in Chelsea, "a team that were supposedly superior to us", the head coach, Juande Ramos, said last night.

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