We're out of the doldrums now, says Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti is confident that his Chelsea side have recovered their form after winning two league games in six days. The Premier League champions' results had declined seriously throughout the winter but, after winning three consecutive matches, Ancelotti believes his team have left their poor spell behind them.

Anelka gives Ancelotti something to smile about

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Carlo Ancelotti maintains it is only a matter of time before Chelsea see the best of £50million striker Fernando Torres - and vowed the champions are not about to give up on the title race.

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Torres debut ends with defeat by Liverpool

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Cheick Tioté: 'The players who come in are capable – we'll cope'

Tioté, a midfield revelation in his first season at Newcastle, tells Andy Brassell how they can overcome Andy Carroll's shock sale

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Unlikely goal hero Phil Bardsley is backing Sunderland to maintain their charge for Europe in the most unpredictable of seasons. Sunderland's hopes of completing a famous Premier League double over reigning champions Chelsea on Tuesday night were dashed despite the 25-year-old full-back's stunning fourth-minute opener.

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Chelsea set to capture £21m David Luiz

London club may sign defender today but Benfica's demand for player in exchange could be an obstacle.

Chelsea stop the rot and climb back into top four

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Bosingwa own goal dents Chelsea's title hopes

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