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Leading article: Chelsea... the triumph of the underdog?

Judged one way, Chelsea's win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Saturday might be nothing more edifying than a victory for the deepest pockets. But for all those football fans who love to hate the west London club for being the first of the really big spenders, there is another story to consider. Looked at from a certain angle, in fact, the win at the Allianz stadium was the triumph of the underdog.

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F1 team Sauber announce surprise partnership with Chelsea FC

Sauber's cars will sport the blue logo of Champions League finalists Chelsea from next week's Spanish Grand Prix as part of a deal between the Swiss-based Formula One team and the Premier League club.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Cruyff at 65 still has a thing or two to teach the magical Messi

One of the best things about history is that it so regularly submits itself for revision – and never more arrestingly than in Barcelona this week, when the damage to one ultimate superstar's reputation (yes, Lionel Messi's) was maybe balanced by the recall of the great strength of another whose playing career ended 28 years ago.

Messi was stymied on Tuesday in a way that Cruyff seldom was

James Lawton: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff at 65 can still teach the magical Lionel Messi a thing or two

Birthday greetings for a great but can Barca's young prince hold a candle to Dutch master?

Chelsea can 'change everything' against Barcelona says Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko concedes it has been a "difficult season" for former club Chelsea but believes tonight's clash with Barcelona could "change everything".

Late kick-off for FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool

The Football Association's decision to schedule the FA Cup final for an early-evening start has been described as an "absolute joke" by a Liverpool fans' group.

Daniel Sturridge (left) and Florent Malouda train between matches for Chelsea

Di Matteo must keep Chelsea fit for purpose

Punishing schedule will take its toll even before Barcelona come to town

Roberto Di Matteo: The Chelsea manager will not 'throw anything away' in the FA Cup semi-final

Di Matteo plays straight bat before semi-final

Harry Redknapp's Tottenham mirror their creator: impromptu, entertaining and sometimes too open for their own good. Fortunately for Chelsea fans at Wembley tomorrow, and watching neutrals, their team does not reflect its current steward.

Branislav Ivanovic with Wigan's Gary Caldwell after the game

Ivanovic risks adding to Chelsea's defensive crisis by appealing red card

Branislav Ivanovic has decided to appeal against a charge of violent conduct brought against him by the Football Association. The Chelsea defender was charged after an incident with Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Roberto Martinez's side, and could face a possible three-match ban if found guilty. The case will be heard today by an FA regulatory commission.

Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea job

Gianfranco Zola has expressed his interest in becoming Chelsea manager, but concedes it is unlikely.

Ramires: 'Roberto has instilled great confidence in us'

Ramires: we have restored respect

The Chelsea midfielder Ramires said last night that the team had regained its "respect" after the departure of manager Andre Villas-Boas, as they prepare to reach the club's sixth Champions League semi-final in nine years in tonight's quarter-final second leg against Benfica.

Ramires in action against Benfica

Roberto Di Matteo has restored respect at Chelsea says Ramires

Brazilian feels club is on the up again as they aim for Champions League last four

This is how the FA repays Chelsea for taking flagship event seriously

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ROBERTO DI MATTEO: Chelsea’s interim manager says his players may burn out if they are not rested

Jaded Chelsea feel the heat

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Brad Friedel says Tottenham have been unlucky in the last four games

Friedel tells Spurs to keep the faith

Veteran goalkeeper says run of one point from 12 is just bad luck and team should not change style

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