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Romelu Lukaku has reiterated his desire to leave Chelsea on loan next season if he fails to secure regular football with the European champions.
Fernando Torres was assured yesterday that he has won his battle to be Chelsea's lead striker next season when the club's chief executive said that – despite the Spaniard's post-Champions League final outburst about his recent unhappiness – the £50m forward would be at the centre of the Chelsea team.
Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he had Saturday's Champions League final in mind when he paired Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres in Chelsea's win over Blackburn.
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1
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.
Man-for-man marking from Stamford Bridge
Late Fulham leveller dents neighbours' top four ambitions
Fulham 1 Chelsea 1
Juan Mata believes Chelsea have what it takes to win a trophy this season.
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.
Changing priorities at Chelsea mean manager needs to utilise talents of some forgotten faces
Benfica full-back Maxi Pereira has warned his side will head to Chelsea next week confident they can still progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Benfica 0 Chelsea 1
Birmingham City 0 Chelsea 2
Ivory Coast and Ghana are heavily fancied to succeed in Wednesday's African Cup of Nations semi-finals and set up a dream finish to the tournament at the weekend.
Robin van Persie believes Thierry Henry has shown great bravery by returning to Arsenal.