Chelsea came back to draw with Brentford on Sunday
Rafael Benitez naturally expressed disgust and disbelief at the sending off
Chelsea 2 Southampton 2
Striker was booed by Chelsea fans following awful display
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Chelsea 1
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.
Czech Republic 2 Greece 1
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.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is being haunted by nothing more than an abject lack of confidence, according to club legend Gianfranco Zola.
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.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been ruled out for three to four weeks after suffering a knee injury in training.
Midfielder Park Ji-sung is confident his Manchester United performances will improve because he has quit international football.
Petr Cech has backed Carlo Ancelotti to lead Chelsea out of a slump that has seen them plummet down the Barclays Premier League table.
Carlo Ancelotti has firmly denied that he ever considered quitting as Chelsea coach over the weekend.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech insists the midweek departure of assistant coach Ray Wilkins had no bearing on their shock 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland.
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.