Why Real Madrid are my Champions League favourites

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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and would have been disappointed to only beat them by one. You wouldn’t normally see a team disappointed in beating Bayern by ‘only’ one goal, but Borussia Dortmund beat them 3-0 a few weeks ago in the Bundesliga and Real could have easily done More...

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By Ethan McDonagh On Friday, April 25th, 2014
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Top Five Premier League players to watch out for this weekend

Another busy Premier League weekend is approaching and there should be more than enough football over the weekend to keep you going. There will be matches that will have a huge impact on deciding the three teams More...

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By Muhammad Aaqib Shamim On Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Blues ace: I’m living European dream

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says he has been living his Champions League dream with The Blues and hopes that it ends as a good one. The Australian goalkeeper was called upon after Petr Cech’s shoulder More...

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By James Hailstone On Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Top Five players who shone in the Champions League Semi Finals

After the first leg of this year’s Champions League Semi Finals, which players had the most impact? The first Semi Final saw Chelsea earn a credible 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid, but the injuries to Petr Cech and More...

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By Ross Dillon On Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Player Ratings: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The Blues set up a defensive line up showing that staying in the tie was the key for Mourinho. Atletico had More...

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By Sam Todd On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Will any action be taken against Mourinho?

After watching his Chelsea side lose to the bottom-placed Premier League club – ending a 77-match unbeaten home league record under his management and possibly a title challenge – Jose Mourinho went from being More...

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By Ethan McDonagh On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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My combined Atletico Madrid and Chelsea XI from this season

Chelsea travel to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, where the winners will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. They have both been successful in recent years, especially More...

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By James Hailstone On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Three Key Battles: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea

Atletico Madrid host Chelsea in the Champions League Semi Final first leg on Tuesday. The 7.45pm kick off at the Vicente Calderon will be a crucial one for both sides as they will look to establish a lead before More...

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By Dan Creese On Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Blues pair face bans following weekend defeat

Chelsea midfielder Ramires and first-team coach Rui Faria could be facing Premier League bans following their behaviour against Sunderland on Saturday, according to The Telegraph. It was a dramatic day at Stamford More...

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By Andrew Sinclair On Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Former Premier League star facing FIFA action

Former Arsenal, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka faces disciplinary action from FIFA after backing out of a move to Copa Libertadores holders Atletico Miniero, as reported by The Daily Mail. Former More...

Chelsea

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Nickname: The Blues

Formed: 1905

Stadium: Stamford Bridge (41,837)

League titles: 4

FA Cup wins: 7

League Cup wins: 4

European Cup/Champions League wins: 1

Manager: Jose Mourinho

 

 

Chelsea were formed in 1905, and are actually based in nearby Fulham.

The side had to wait until 1955 for their first success, when they won the Football League.

The club had to wait yet again for more success, until they won the 1970 FA Cup and 1971 Cup Winners Cup.

The last 15 years have been the club’s most successful however, first under Ruud Gullit and then Gianluco Vialli, and then since Russian billionaire Roman Abromovich bought the club in 2003, under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.

The club won the Premier League in 2005, 2006 and 2010, and the FA Cup in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Chelsea also reached the 2008 Champions League final, where they were beaten agonisingly on penalties by Manchester United.

The pain of that loss – and John Terry’s crucial miss from the spot – lingered, and perhaps still does.

However, the pain was made a little easier in 2012 when, against all the odds, Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time.

They beat Bayern Munich on their own turf in the final in a penalty shoot-out, with Didier Drogba proving to be their talisman and scoring the winning spot-kick with his last kick of a ball for the club.

That triumph was achieved under Roberto Di Matteo, who was harshly sacked last season despite looking to be in title contention at the time.

Rafael Benitez was an unpopular choice to replace him on an interim basis, but he did guide Chelsea to Champions League qualification and won the Europa League.

During the season, midfielder Frank Lampard became Chelsea’s record goalscorer, overtaking the legendary Bobby Tambling, who was a star for the Blues in the 60s.

Benitez’s relative success was not enough to help him keep the job on a permanent basis, with Mourinho returning to the Bridge after much speculation in the summer of 2013.

Now, with uncertainty among some of Chelsea’s title rivals, Mourinho will be looking to deliver the Premier League trophy yet again for the club he holds so close to his heart.

Current squad:

Goalkeepers –

Petr Cech

Mark Schwarzer

Hilario

Thibaut Courtois (on loan at Atletico Madrid)

 

Defenders –

John Terry

David Luiz

Ashley Cole

Branislav Ivanovic

Gary Cahill

Cesar Azpilicueta

Ryan Bertrand

Sam Hutchinson (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)

Wallace (on loan at Inter Milan)

Nathan Ake

Tomas Kalas

Kenneth Omeruo

Patrick van Aanholt (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)

 

Midfielders –

Frank Lampard

Juan Mata

Eden Hazard

Ramires

Oscar

Willian

Michael Essien

John Obi Mikel

Victor Moses (on loan at Liverpool)

Kevin De Bruyne

Marco van Ginkel

Nathaniel Chalobah

Lucas Piazon (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)

Josh McEachran

Christian Atsu (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)

Oriol Romeu (on loan at Valencia)

Gael Kakuta (on loan at Vitesse Arnhem)

Marko Marin (on loan at Sevilla)

 

Strikers –

Fernando Torres

Andre Schurrle

Romelu Lukaku (on loan at Everton)

Samuel Eto’o

Demba Ba

Islam Feruz

Stipe Perica (on loan at NAC Breda)