Chelsea will be hoping to regain their four point lead at the top of the Premier League when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool’s victory over Sunderland on Wednesday moved them to with a point of first place, but with Brendan Rodgers’ side not playing until Sunday afternoon, and Arsenal hosting Manchester City later on Saturday, the Blues can once again create distance between themselves and the chasing back.
Ramires remains suspended, while Samuel Eto’o is doubtful after limping out of last weekend’s 6-0 win over Arsenal, and Ashely Cole is doubtful with the knee injury that kept him out of that game.
The Blues have won their past five games against the Eagles, the last of which saw goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires secure all three points for Jose Mourinho’s men at Selhurst Park back in December.
Palace themselves are desperate for the points as they look to end a run of five games without a win.
Last weekend’s last minute loss to Newcastle United – their eighteenth of the season, left them just three points of the bottom three of the top flight, having played a game more than eighteenth place Sunderland.
Chelsea sent out a clear message of intent to their title rivals by thumping Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge Saturday lunchtime.
Samuel Eto’o put the hosts in front on five minutes, and their advantage was doubled just two minutes later through Andre Schurlle – both goals coming from clinical counter-attacking from Jose Mourinho’s side.
Then, on seventeen minutes, the Blues were awarded a penalty after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped an Eden Hazard shot away with his fingertips.
The incident led to a sending off, it was defender Kieran Gibbs who was dismissed after referee Andre Marriner appeared to have mistaken him as the culprit.
Hazard duly converted the penalty, before Oscar made it 4-0 three minutes before the break.
The Brazil international then scored his second and his sides fifth on sixty-six minutes before substitute Mohamed Salah completed the Gunners’ misery with his first goal for the club five minutes later.
The result sees Chelsea remain four points of clear of second place Liverpool, who beat Cardiff City 6-3 later in the day.
The Merseyside club will have the chance to reduce that gap when they host Sunderland on Wednesday evening, while Chelsea will now turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace before they host Paris Saint Germain, who they were drawn against in the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Chelsea eased into the Champions League quarter finals after beating Galatasaray 2-0 in the second leg of their last sixteen tie at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening.
With the sides having drawn 1-1 in Istanbul three weeks ago, it was the Premier League leaders who made the breakthrough through Samuel Eto’o after just four minutes.
Gary Cahill doubled the hosts’ advantage three minutes before the break, thumping in after John Terry’s initial effort was saved by Fernando Musilera.
Didier Drogba, who was given a rousing reception by the home supporters on his first return to Stamford Bridge since leaving the club at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, had a chance to pull one back for Roberto Mancini’s side late on which he failed to convert.
The Blues will discover who they will face in the last eight of the competition on Friday, twenty-four hours before they return to domestic action with their top of the table clash with Arsenal.
Manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports that “it doesn’t matter who” the club are drawn against in the quarter finals.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and holders Bayern Munich are already in the hat for the draw along with the Blues, and they will be joined by either Manchester United or Olympiakos and Zenit St Petersburg or Borussia Dortmund, with the final round of last sixteen ties taking place this evening.
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Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points by beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first half Samuel Eto’o, who was only on the field as Fernando Torres withdrew after picking up an injury in the pre-match warm up, put the hosts in front eleven minutes after the break.
Eden Hazard fired in his fifteenth goal of the season from the penalty spot shortly after to double the Blues’ advantage before a late brace from substitute Demba Ba put the result beyond doubt.
Jose Mourinho’s men are now seven points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal in second and third place respectively, though both have a game in hand, while fourth place Manchester City are nine points off the top with a three game advantage on the leaders.
The Blues’ boss has insisted that Manuel Pellegrini’s men are still favourites to reclaim the Premier League from their neighbours, saying that he would ‘prefer to be in City’s position’.
The club will now turn their attention to next weekend’s visit of Aston Villa, before facing Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.
Chelsea’s Champions League last sixteen tie with Galatasaray is finely poised as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Turk Telekom Arena yesterday evening.
Fernando Torres gave the Blues the lead after just nine minutes with an early tap-in only for Aurelien Chedjou to draw the hosts’ level from close range after being left unmarked almost twenty minutes into the second half.
Jose Mourinho’s men remain favourites to qualify for the last eight having, unlike their three Premier League counterparts in the competition, avoided defeat, with the second leg scheduled to take place at Stamford Bridge two weeks on Tuesday.
The club will first turn their attention to Saturday afternoon’s short trip to Fulham, where they will hope to strengthen their grip on first place in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Chelsea strikers Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have insisted that they are not worried about recent comments made by Jose Mourinho which suggested that he is not happy with his current front line, according to Sky Sports.
The Blues boss has also branded the reporter who leaked what was said ‘a disgrace’, when asked about it at a press conference following last night’s game.
Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their position as Premier League leaders as they travel to West Bromwich Albion this evening.
Club captain John Terry will miss the game with the minor knock that kept him out of Saturday’s win over Newcastle United, though Fernando Torres could return after missing the last three weeks with a knee problem.
Victory for Chelsea will see them open a four point lead at the top of the table, with second place Arsenal hosting reigning champions Manchester United tomorrow evening, while Manchester City, who currently occupy third spot, host Sunderland.
The Baggies were minutes away from inflicting what would have been Jose Mourniho’s first ever league loss at Stamford Bridge when the sides met back in November, though Eden Hazard netted a late penalty to give the Blues a share of the spoils.
Meanwhile, Samuel Eto’o has heaped praise on the Blues’ top scorer following his match winning performance against Newcastle United at the weekend.
Hazard, who is in his second season in West London, took his season tally to thirteen with all three goals against Alan Pardew’s men, and Eto’o is confident the 23 year old can continue his fine form for the remainder of the clubs title challenge.
Samuel Eto’o has revealed that Jose Mourinho was the decisive factor in his summer move to Stamford Bridge, the Mirror understands.
The 32 year old joined Chelsea on a one year deal back in August, and took a massive pay cut to be reunited with the man he won the treble under at Inter Milan.
The Cameroon international has made twenty-three appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals including a hat-trick in last month’s 3-1 home win over Manchester United.
Meanwhile, the Metro understand that the Blues have ramped up their interest in Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire, after senior scouts watched him help his side to victory over Premier League Fulham in their FA Cup fourth round replay at Craven Cottage yesterday evening.
The club have been monitoring the defenders progress for some time, and could well make a move for his services in the summer.
The 20 year old has been dubbed ‘the new John Terry’ following a string of eye catching performances for the League One side.
Finally, Barcelona midfielder Xavi has ruled out a move to the Premier League at the end of his career, according to Sky Sports.
The 34 year old, who recently made his 700th first team appearance for the Catalan club, has been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in the past, but has insisted that he will never walk away from the club.
Chelsea dropped points in their pursuit of the Premier League title as they were held to a goalless draw by relegation threatened West Ham United.
The Blues mustered thirty-nine shots on target, the most by any team who failed to score in ten years in the English top flight, with the nine they managed to get on target dealt with by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, who was in inspired form for Sam Allardyce’s struggling side.
Samuel Eto’o thought he had won the match late on, but saw his effort disallowed.
Jose Mourinho was unable to hide his frustration at the result, accusing his opponents of playing football ‘from the 19th century’.
His side remain in third place; two points behind Arsenal who have slipped to second after Manchester City continued their fine goal-scoring form by putting five past Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Chelsea face City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening, twelve days before coming up against them in the fifth round of the FA Cup, again in Manchester.
Victory will see the Blues move level on points with Manuel Pellegrini’s men, though Arsenal have the chance to regain top spot before they clash, as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Samuel Eto’o netted a hat-trick as Chelsea kept up the pressure on Arsenal and Manchester City with a fine 3-1 win over Premier League champions Manchester United.
The Cameroon international gave the hosts the lead on seventeen minutes with a deflected shot from outside of the area before doubling his side’s advantage on the stroke of half time with a neat finish.
Eto’o then poked in from close range after Gary Cahill’s header was saved by David De Gea, to complete his treble on forty-nine minutes and give Jose Mourinho’s man an unassailable lead.
Javier Hernandez pulled on back for United twelve minutes from time, before their captain Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red card in added on time for a foul on Eden Hazard.
Rafael could have also been dismissed for the visitors late on, but escaped with just a booking after a poor challenge on Cahill.
Chelsea are now on forty-nine points, one behind second place Manchester City and a further point behind leaders Arsenal.
They will now turn their attention to Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, before returning to league action with a home match against West Ham United on Wednesday week.
Chelsea have kept pressure on leaders Arsenal after coming from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening.
The visitors took the lead on three minutes through Martin Skrtel, before goals from top scorer Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o swung the game in favour of the hosts before the break, and that is how the score remained.
Chelsea stay third, one point behind Manchester City, who edged past a resurgent Crystal Palace 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and a further point behind Arsenal who beat Newcastle United by the same score-line at St James’ Park yesterday.
Everton moved into fourth place with victory over Southampton while Liverpool, who topped the table just four days ago, have slipped to fifth.
The Blues will now turn their attention to their trip to St. Mary’s on New Year’s Day when they take on Southampton, before travelling to in-form Championship side Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
They then return to league action against Hull City the following weekend before welcoming Premier League champions Manchester United, who appear to be getting their season back on track, to Stamford Bridge on January 19th.