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Juan Mata pauses for thought. It is not often that Chelsea's creator-in-chief stops. His movement, on the pitch, is constant, buzzing, whirring. Even in his quiet, softly-spoken English, he is fluent, engaging. But one question has stumped him. "Who is shorter, me or David Silva?" he asks himself, rhetorically. "I don't know. Probably him. Just."

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Didier Drogba remains confident he can play at the highest level for at least two more years, though the reluctance of Chelsea's hierarchy to hand the Ivorian anything more than a 12-month extension to his contract is likely to mean the 33-year-old will be forced to leave the club this summer if he is to do so.

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Didier Drogba celebrates giving Chelsea the lead on a night when he was back to his best

Chelsea qualify as group winners after decimation of Valencia

There are some games in which only a vintage performance from Didier Drogba will do for Chelsea, and luckily for Andre Villas-Boas last night, in his hour of direst need, the young manager got one from his old battle-scarred striker.

Raul Meireles (left) congratulates Ramires on his goal, Chelsea's second, at the Bridge last night

Chelsea win group with canny demolition of Valencia

Chelsea 3 Valencia 0

Villas-Boas faces a night to determine his destiny

By Rory Smith

Albelda sad that it will be either him or his old mate Mata going out

It should never have come to this. When Valencia captain David Albelda spoke to former team-mate Juan Mata earlier in their respective Champions League campaigns he told him – only half in jest – to make sure Chelsea beat Bayer Leverkusen to help send both teams through.

David Albelda nearly joined Chelsea in 2008 but opted to stay in Spain

'TV rights deal has to change, we can't compete with Barça'

Valencia's dire financial straits are not just due to the mismanagement of the club's former president Juan Soler. Real Madrid and Barcelona have also wasted plenty of money since the turn of the century but the financial cushions provided by their inflated shares of television revenues always break the fall.

Andre Villas-Boas would be unwise to play for a goalless draw

Chelsea fight to retain Euro value

When Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich, paid a world-record compensation fee of €15 million (£13.3m) to Porto for Andre Villas-Boas last summer, it was not with the primary intention of winning the Carling Cup. So while a home defeat by Liverpool last Tuesday – the second in 10 days – was as welcome as a warm glass of lager, the disappointment was more easily digested. Defeat in the fourth most important competition of the season is one thing, but going out of the Champions' League this Tuesday would be something else.

Andre Villas-Boas: There is a three-year project and he has been told he will be given time to finish it

My philosophy is not a cancer, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea coach insists he will not be sacked this season... and players are behind him

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas faces some key fixtures this month

Players starting to turn on manager Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is likely to keep his job even if the club are eliminated from the Champions League next week, though the first substantial sense that his players are beginning to doubt him emerged after the desperately poor Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.

Palace stun United to reach semi-finals

Manchester United 1 Crystal Palace 2 (aet)

The pressure is mounting on Villas-Boas

'We need to get our fans behind us – Stamford Bridge has grown anxious,' says AVB

Andre Villas-Boas believes that the mounting anxiety at Stamford Bridge is inhibiting his attempts to rectify his side's abject home form, with the Chelsea manager acutely aware of the need for his team's performances to improve sharply if their season is not to fall apart before Christmas.

Segovia: 'I don't believe in roots'

Tomás Segovia: One of Spain's 'poets in exile' during the Franco dictatorship

I'm sadder than a drowned shoe, sadder than the sweat of the ill ... as sad as the first bus of the day when dawn breaks, as sad as a lawyer's underpants," runs one of Tomás Segovia's poems, and this curious, compelling mixture of the lyrical and the drily humorous, the melancholic and the romantic, helped make Segovia one of the most outstanding of the so-called "poets of exile" during Franco's dictatorship, and a key figure in modern Mexican literature.

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