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Petr Cech

Late strikes give Chelsea score they expected

Chelsea achieved the sort of scoreline that might have been expected against last season's surprise Danish champions but hardly in the grand manner. It required three goals in the last 11 minutes of a pleasingly open match to see off spirited opposition in Nordsjaelland with their insistent possession game, occasionally let down by naive mistakes.

Hot-and-cold Chelsea have split season in two parts, says Cech

When you consider the low points in Chelsea's journey this season, it is remarkable they have made it this far. There have been 11 defeats in all competitions, hardly the record of a team one game away from eliminating the runaway favourites for the Champions League in the semi-finals tonight.

Mullins aiming to cash in on Chelsea uncertainty

Chelsea entertain Portsmouth today in a repeat of the 2010 FA Cup final, when only a single goal separated the teams on the Wembley pitch. Off the field, the chasm between the two clubs – then and since – has been as wide as Portsmouth Harbour.

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Discarded ambition is real sadness of Scots' decline

Three points were dropped against the Czech Republic on Friday night, but something more precious seemed to be discarded in Prague. It was the notion that Scotland might still retainthe ambition and the wherewithal to challenge even a side from thesecond tier of European nations.