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Portuguese winger bags two-goals in pre-season friendly against Crewe after he was linked with a move to AS Monaco

Rooney's rage 'threatens team-mates' warns Capello

Wayne Rooney's temper and volatility on the pitch are worrying Fabio Capello to the extent that he will speak to the England striker about curbing his aggressive tendencies. Indeed the England manager had to talk to Rooney at half-time during the 2-0 victory over the United States on Wednesday evening, telling him to calm down after a reckless first-half challenge that could have led to a dismissal.

Chelsea face fight with Portuguese FA over Scolari

The Portuguese Football Federation said last night that Chelsea are keen to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari as their next manager. "I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari," said the federation's vice-president Amandio De Carvalho when asked about the Brazilian's future.

Ballack shows ruthless streak in free-kick row

Michael Ballack has revealed his reasons for refusing to back down in his extraordinary on-field row with his team-mate Didier Drogba during last month's League meeting with Manchester United – and said that Chelsea still suffer from a lack of popular appeal because of "envy" over Roman Abramovich's wealth.

Mourinho scorned as Grant aims high

Avram Grant has sent out a positive message to his Chelsea players ahead of Sunday's climax to the domestic season by the simple expedient of trashing the reputation of his predecessor.

The Nick Townsend column: Every underdog has its day... as Chelsea will prove

Blues cruise stealthily into contention on the rails so it is perverse that their manager's job is on the line

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 1: Ballack puts race in balance

German does the double to keep Chelsea's title challenge alive as Ferguson rages at 'diabolical' penalty decision

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 1: Late penalty leaves title in the balance

Chelsea beat Manchester United 2-1 to pull level at the top of the Premier League on Saturday and keep alive their hopes of snatching the title from United's grasp.

Fenerbahce 2 Chelsea 1: Grant's sweet dream of glory shaken up by Coca-Cola Kid

Chelsea's apparently serene progress to the Champions League semi-finals was shaken up last night by the "Coca-Cola Kid". Colin Kazim-Richards, who was once transferred as a result of a competition by the sponsor, last night wrote another chapter into his extraordinary journey from Leytonstone to the banks of the Bosphorus.

Barnsley 1 Chelsea 0: Odejayi stuns Chelsea

Nigerian downs Chelsea as Barnsley reach first semi-final since Titanic sank

Olympiakos 0 Chelsea 0: Rejigged Chelsea stutter to stalemate

After the white-out, a white-hot atmosphere – but a match devoid of real drama except for the intriguing omission of John Terry and Frank Lampard from the starting line-up. Maybe a drab affair is the way Chelsea will have liked it after the confusion of getting here. The goalless draw gives them a clear advantage for the return leg as they attempt to reach the last eight of the European Cup and their ultimate destination: Moscow in May and the final.

Early return of 'bionic' Terry gives Grant much to ponder

John Terry is back for Chelsea in the FA Cup against Huddersfield Town today after recovering from a broken foot ahead of schedule. The Independent revealed yesterday that the club captain had told Avram Grant that he was fit and ready to prove his fitness ahead of next Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Birmingham City 0, Chelsea 1: Pizarro pounces to keep depleted Chelsea in chase

Avram Grant may not provide the verbal pyrotechnics offered by his predecessor as Chelsea manager, but in his more measured way he can communicate just as effectively.

Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 1: Rare Pizarro strike keeps Chelsea's slim hopes alive

Claudio Pizarro, the striker who Chelsea supporters feared might never score in the Premier League again, confounded doubters yesterday to maintain the push towards the top of the table. He might find goals hard to come by against everyone else, but against Birmingham City he is deadly.

Racing: Knight banishes old ghosts with Demon's quest

The trainer of Best Mate talks to Chris McGrath about the rising talent that could pierce the hype around Kauto Star in Boxing Day's big race

Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 0: Birmingham win back fans' hearts

Bruce sees dignity restored as his counterpart attacks decision to disallow Del Horno 'goal'
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