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If Chelsea are to make it into a 10th successive Champions League campaign next season, the hard reality after last night's home defeat is that they may well now have to go to Munich on 19 May and win the damned thing against Bayern Munich.

<b>March 4 - Andre Villas-Boas (Chelsea)</b><br/>
After weeks of speculation, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea. The last straw was a 1-0 defeat away at West Brom, a result that meant the Blues had just three wins in 12 Premier League matches. There had been rumours of unrest, with the Portuguese falling out with Chelsea's senior players. The former Porto boss only joined Chelsea in the summer and had seemingly been asked to overhaul the side. In the end he was given just nine months. A statement from Chelsea read:

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<p><strong>Gary Cahill</strong> Won't have fond memories of first game at Nou Camp. It lasted just 11 minutes after he picked up a hamstring injury. 5</p>

Cahill and Luiz fit for final fling but midfield is a minefield

Chelsea expect to have Gary Cahill and David Luiz fit to occupy the centre of their defence for the Champions League final in Munich, but the make-up of their midfield will prove more problematic for Roberto di Matteo in the wake of the suspension of Ramires and Raul Meireles.

Cometh the hour: Torres cherishes the moment

Torres puts seal on Chelsea's advance into wonderland

They were battered and depleted. They were tired and, at times, frankly desperate. But the 10 men of Chelsea held the fort. It was a magnificent performance.

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Man-for-man marking from Stamford Bridge

Clint Dempsey (No 23) celebrates with his Fulham team-mates after his equaliser last night

Dempsey strikes to keep Chelsea playing catch-up

Late Fulham leveller dents neighbours' top four ambitions

Clint Dempsey scores Fulham's first goal

Dempsey dents Chelsea's top four hopes

Fulham 1 Chelsea 1

Benfica keeper Artur is powerless to prevent Raul Meireles' piledriver

Meireles' late strike seals gala evening with Barcelona

It is time for Chelsea to saddle up and face the old enemy, Barcelona, once more. This will be the Chelsea's sixth Champions League semi-final in nine years, yet last night they wasted chances and stumbled badly against the 10 men of Benfica. Only when Raul Meireles broke deep into injury time and smashed in the winner did the tension finally lift.

Ramires somehow fails to convert from point-blank range

Chelsea: Man-for-man marking

Petr Cech

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Branislav Ivanovic happy with improving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres

Defender Branislav Ivanovic believes Fernando Torres' return to form has created a feelgood factor at Chelsea as they aim to end a difficult season with two trophies.

Torres ends dry spell to nudge Chelsea nearer Europe

Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 4

<b>Juan Mata: </b>Worst member of Chelsea's midfield, largely anonymous. Offered decent delivery with free-kicks but a shadow of his stylish self. Frustrating display summed up with him hitting the post. 5

Juan Mata confident Chelsea can lift trophy this season

Juan Mata believes Chelsea have what it takes to win a trophy this season.

Salomon Kalou: Villa-Boas told me the reason I wasn't allowed to play was because I didn't sign a contract

Kalou happy to be back in from Stamford Bridge cold

Under Andre Villas-Boas it was a long-term project at Chelsea; with Roberto Di Matteo it is a dash to the end of the season, competing on three fronts and with serious ground to be made up in the Premier League if the club are to claim fourth place. There is no time for feuds, which has meant that, as the games pile up, some of Chelsea's forgotten men are being called in from the cold.

Salomon Kalou: Villa-Boas told me the reason I wasn't allowed to play was because I didn't sign a contract

Kalou happy to be back in from the cold

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