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.
Chelsea head into tonight’s game against West Ham United looking for the three points that could see them return to the top of the Premier League.
Leaders Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening, giving both the Blues an Manchester City the opportunity to leapfrog them this evening.
City travel to Tottenham Hotspur, and anything less than three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s men will see Chelsea move into first place if they emerge victorious.
Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel are the Blues’ only absentees, though Mohamed Salah will have to wait for his debut as he is not currently in the country.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw will hold out for a move to Chelsea rather than sign for Manchester United, the Mirror understands.
Both clubs have been strongly linked with a move for the Southampton left-back, who has emerged as one of the hottest English talents in the Premier League.
Premier League champions United are keen to finalise a deal for the eighteen year old before Friday’s transfer deadline having already broken their transfer record with the £37.1m signing of Juan Mata.
However Shaw is willing to remain at St Mary’s for the rest of the season, safe in the knowledge that the Blues will pounce in the summer.
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 risen to second place in the Premier League after beating Southampton 3-1 at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon.
The visitors took the lead inside thirteen seconds through Jay Rodriguez, who capitalised on a mistake from Michael Essien.
However, the Blues improved after the second half, and Gary Cahill levelled terms ten minutes after the restart before his central defensive partner and club captain John Terry turned the game on its head soon after.
Substitute Demba Ba then fired in his first league goal since March in stoppage time to put the result beyond doubt, and secure a second straight win for Jose Mourinho’s men who will now turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s trip to lowly Sunderland, where they have won on each of their past eight visits.
Meanwhile, West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is set to make a fresh approach for Demba Ba when the transfer window reopens next month.
His appearance off the bench yesterday was only his fifth in the Premier League this season, while his four outings in the cup competitions this time around have all come as a substitute.
Premier League leaders Arsenal were interested in securing the Senegal international’s services in the summer.
A Frank Lampard double inspired Chelsea to victory against the England international’s former club West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday evening.
The Blues al-time record goal scorer struck first from the penalty spot on 21 minutes after Oscar was brought down by Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Oscar himself doubled the visitors’ advantage, drilling home from the edge of the penalty area eleven minutes before the break.
Sam Allardyce’s men showed improvements in the second half, though the result was put beyond doubt by Lampard, who bagged his second of the evening late on to see the club leapfrog Southampton – who lost to leaders Arsenal earlier in the day – into third place.
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to tomorrow evening’s trip to FC Basel, where they can secure first place Group E with victory while they host Southampton in their next league fixture on Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are the latest sides to be linked with a January move for out of favour Chelsea forward Juan Mata, according to the Express.
The two times Blues Player of the Year was once again left out of the Blues match day squad at the weekend.
Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways as they take on West Ham United at Upton Park in tomorrow evening’s late kick off in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s men have dropped five points in their last two games, and needed a late penalty to salvage a point against West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago.
Ashley Cole is a doubt with a rib injury, though Fernando Torres could return after sitting out of the clash with the Baggies with a muscle problem.
The Hammers ran out 3-1 winners in last season’s fixture, though the Blues made a mends with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge back in March.
Victory here could see Chelsea rise to second place in the division, depending on results elsewhere though defeat could see them slip to seventh.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have joined the race to sign out of favour Blues midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after failing to make a real impression on the first team since returning from a year-long loan spell with Werder Bremen.
Atletico Madrid, who currently have Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in their ranks, have also been linked.
Chelsea’s run of six straight wins in all competitions was halted by a shock 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park Saturday lunchtime.
Yoan Gouffran put Alan Pardew’s men in front on sixty-eight minutes before Loic Remy put the result beyond doubt a minute from time.
Jose Mourinho’s men remain second in the league following Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, though the Gunners have opened up a five point lead over the Blues.
The club will be hoping to get back on track domestically when they host West Bromwich Albion next weekend, but will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are considering making a fresh bid for out of favour Blues’ striker Demba Ba, according to the Mirror.
The Senegal international has made just two starts in all competitions this season, and hasn’t scored since the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on April 14th.
His first spell in English football was with the Hammers back in 2011, when he scored seven goals in twelve league appearances before moving to Newcastle United, where he remained prolific – earning a move to Chelsea at the beginning of this year.
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed the Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap for England in this evening’s World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine.
The Chelsea midfielder, along with nine others who started Friday’s win over Moldova, retains his place in Roy Hodgson’s side, who will go a long way to securing their place at next summer’s tournament in Brazil with victory in Kiev.
Lampard, who is also his country’s tenth top scorer of all time with 29 goals, made his debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Belgium in 1999, and will join Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Steven Gerrard and Blues teammate Ashley Cole as players to have worn the Three Lions 100 times.
Elsewhere, Yossi Benayoun is set to secure a move to Getafe following his release from Chelsea, according to the Mirror.
The Israel international made just fourteen appearances in three seasons for with the Blues, and scored his only goal in a 6-0 win over Wigan Athletic three years ago.
He was however loaned to both Arsenal and his former club West Ham United during that time, while he has also played for Liverpool since moving to the Premier League in 2005.
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Chelsea may be able to sign Anzhi Makhachkala’s Samuel Eto’o for as little as £5m, the Guardian understands.
Jose Mourinho has been searching for a new striker all summer, but looks increasingly unlikely to secure a deal for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney after seeing both of their bids for the England international knocked back.
Eto’o has recently spoken of his admiration for his former employer, who he played under at Inter Milan during their treble winning campaign of 2009/10.
Meanwhile, West Ham United are keen to secure a deal for Demba Ba, according to the Daily Star.
Ba began his Premier League career with the Hammers, for whom he scored seven goals in just twelve appearances before moving to Newcastle United in June 2011.
If the club are able to add a new striker before the transfer window closes on September 2nd, they could well allow the Senegal international to move on, though having laid out £22m on Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, West Ham are likely to pursue a loan deal.
Finally, teenage duo Lucas Piazon and Wallace have both secured season-long loan moves to Vitesse Arnhem and Inter Milan respectively.
Wallace is yet to make his debut for Chelsea, while Piazon, who will link up with fellow Blues Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Cristian Cuevas at the Dutch club, made his one and only league appearance so far as a cameo in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa last December.
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