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

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