Cech backs 'settled' Torres to end struggle for goals

After seven months that have felt like seven long years to most Chelsea fans, the itch of Fernando Torres' dire form is finally being scratched, according to his team-mate Petr Cech.

John Obi Mikel father abducted in Nigeria

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has appealed for information on the whereabouts of his father, who has been abducted in his native Nigeria.

Frustrated Chelsea held to a draw by Stoke

Stoke 0 Chelsea 0

Romelu Lukaku set to complete Chelsea move

Romelu Lukaku is set to become a Chelsea player this week after the Anderlecht striker underwent a medical with the club.

Talented Under-21s are built with loans

Henderson and Jones have made big-name moves, but for many being farmed out is the only option

Sturridge: Bolton loan spell made me

The loan system has its critics, notably for encouraging bigger clubs to buy up and keep more players than they need, but do not expect England's Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce to be among them. Of the 40 players he selected in his provisional squad for the forthcoming European Championships, more than a dozen were out on loan from Premier League clubs, gaining invaluable playing time and, in many cases, renewed self-belief.

Kalou fails to give backing to Ancelotti

Salomon Kalou has become the first Chelsea player to hint at a public dissatisfaction with Carlo Ancelotti as the club's Italian manager waits to hear his fate at the end of the season.

Chelsea manager speculation intensifies

Carlo Ancelotti might want to remain at Chelsea but speculation about a new-look coaching set-up at Stamford Bridge intensified today in the wake of the club's crushing Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United.

Gone in 30 seconds: United's flying start ends Chelsea dream

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1

United on the brink of record 19th league title

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 1

Webb entrusted to ensure vital game is free of controversy

World Cup final referee to take charge at Old Trafford as league hopes for quiet tie

Ancelotti continues to dream as Redknapp throws in the towel

Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

James Lawton: Referees need respect, it's true, but more urgently they require assistance

The Luddite persuasion ruling football loses a little more credibility with each piece of fresh evidence. It has rarely been exposed so pitifully as at Stamford Bridge

Video nasty as Kalou ignites title race

Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Blues move within three points of United but the case for a helping hand from technology is strengthened

Chelsea good fortune keeps title hopes alive

Chelsea 2 Tottenham 1
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee