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Mourinho Parks Bus As Chelsea Draw 0-0 In Madrid

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In as dour a semi-final as you will ever see, Jose Mourinho's parked the bus at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday night and left Madrid with a goalless draw.

Lone striker Fernando Torres, starting against his former club, was ignored almost all match as Chelsea packed men behind the ball, with Gary Cahill marking Atletico dangerman Diego Costa superbly.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid – Mikel and Cole superb

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Atletico Madrid Mikel and Cole superb - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea battled to a goalless draw in the Spanish capital against Atletico Madrid tonight, with Jose Mourinho's side 90 minutes away from a place in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

The Blues defended strongly throughout the encounter, and although many will claim Chelsea 'parked the bus tonight', there can be no denying the merits of keeping Atletico Madrid from scoring in the Vicente Calderon, something only Barcelona and Real Madrid have managed to do this season before tonight.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Mourinho to start with a False Nine again?

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With Samuel Eto'o left behind, the comments made by Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres were key and I am wondering if Mourinho plans to start with a "False Nine" again tonight against Atletico Madrid.

Of course Torres could start, so could Demba Ba for that matter but for me with doubts remaining over the match fitness of Eden Hazard, Mourinho could come up with a tactical surprise in the first leg.

L’Atletico di Simeone contro il Chelsea di Mourinho. Osservato speciale l’ex Torres

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Prendono il via questa sera, con la gustosa sfida tra i Colchoneros di Diego Pablo Simeone e i Blues di Josè Mourinho, le semifinali di Champions League. Andata al Vicente Calderon, prima tappa a Madrid (che sar grande palcoscenico domani nello scontro tra titani, tra il Real di Ancelotti e il Bayern dell'ex Barca, Guardiola, [.

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea - The best Video Promo's

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We are just hours away from kick off. It's a game we have all been looking forward to ever since the draw was made. Diego Costa and Courtois against Chelsea, Fernando Torres against his hometown club. Here are a selection of the best video promo's to really set the scene for tonight!





Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Three key observations as the Blues throw it all away

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Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland: Three key observations as the Blues throw it all away - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's assistant coach Rui Faira became the personification of every Blues fan's raging emotions when he completely lost it right after Sunderland's winning penalty at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Five strikers who could solve Chelsea’s forward dilemma

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Five strikers who could solve Chelsea's forward dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the course of this season Chelsea's midfield has done a sterling job of covering up for the fact that their strike force has woefully under-performed.

Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have managed to muster just 16 goals in the Premier League between them, a figure that Liverpool's Luis Suarez has achieved almost twice over single-handedly.

Chelsea: Fernando Torres watched by Inter Milan supremo

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Chelsea: Fernando Torres watched by Inter Milan supremo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian giants Inter Milan are continuing their pursuit of Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres, and look likely to make a summer move for the Spaniard, according to talkSPORT.

Has Inter Milan Signed Fernando Torres On Loan?

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According to the Italian sports daily Tuttosport, Inter have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Chelsea flop Fernando Torres on loan next season.

It is common knowledge that Inter are in the market for a big name striker this summer and it looks like they will do former boss Jose Mourinho a favor and take the misfiring Spanish striker off his hands.

Photos: New Chelsea 2014/15 home kit revealed

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Chelsea have revealed their new home kit for the 2014/15 season and it's a slightly hoopy number. The traditional royal blue is combined with a darker shade in horizontal stripes, with the darker blue dominating the lower half of the shirt. Perhaps most surprisingly, Fernando Torres, who is almost certain to leave the Blues [.

Chelsea could have to pay £10m for Fernando Torres to leave

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Chelsea are facing the prospect of paying £10m to entice Fernando Torres to quit the club having spent £50m bringing him to Stamford Bridge. The Spain international has failed to find his top form since the big-money switch from Liverpool in 2011 and manager Jose Mourinho has been burning his bridges to Torres in [.

Liverpool Legend Condemns ‘Terrible’ Chelsea Attacker

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Liverpool Legend Condemns 'Terrible' Chelsea Attacker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has attacked Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, claiming that even his teammates at Anfield were negative when discussing his footballing abilities.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy laid in to the much maligned Spaniard, saying that the 30-year-old can have no excuses for his dismal Stamford Bridge career, and that he is NOT a technically gifted striker,

"Over the last couple of years he's got no excuses.

Done Deal? Inter Milan Agree Loan Move for Chelsea FLOP

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Done Deal? Inter Milan Agree Loan Move for Chelsea FLOP - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan have identified Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as their top target for the summer transfer window and reportedly, both clubs have agreed for a move of the striker.

Italian sports daily Tuttosport has reported today that Inter got a green signal a week ago from Chelsea for the loan of the player and now the deal has moved on to another level.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against PSG – Torres To Lead The Line

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against PSG Torres To Lead The Line - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea face PSG in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final on Wednesday night at the Parc des Princes.

Chelsea will be desperate to put the horror loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend behind them with a win in the French capital, but PSG are a formidable foe, and boast the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and reported Blues target Edinson Cavani in their ranks.

PSG v Chelsea: Four OUT so who should start for Chelsea!

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Ashley Cole, Mohamed Salah, Nemanja Matic and Samuel Eto'o are all out of Chelsea's trip to Paris tomorrow night but we have both Ramires and Willian back from suspension. I am asking you who should start tomorrow night?
In my opinion, out of the four areas of our team formation, two of those areas have pretty much become a straightforward and automatic selection.

REPORT: ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - TORRES TO LEAVE CHELSEA?

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Jose Mourinho has had enough if reports are to be believed. He has constantly bemoaned his strike force towards the latter stages of the season and it seems that he had decided that one way or another, Fernando Torres will leave Chelsea.

We have seen with the Juan Mata situation that Jose Mourinho looks at the players HE wants at this club and he doesn't care for sentiment.

Mourinho’s axe hangs over Chelsea squad as summer approaches

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Mourinho's axe hangs over Chelsea squad as summer approaches - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The revolving door at the exit of Stamford Bridge could be spinning pretty regularly this summer if Jose Mourinho goes ahead with a drastic overhaul of his squad, which could mean up to a dozen players leaving the club.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea: Three Key Talking Points

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea: Three Key Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea slumped to a potentially costly defeat away to Crystal Palace this afternoon, with a John Terry own goal dealing a near fatal blow to their title aspirations.

The Blues came into the match on the back of a fabulous 6-0 win at home to rivals Arsenal, and they were expected to inflict a similar scoreline on a relegation threatened Palace, increasing their lead at the top of the league to four points before Manchester City and Liverpool faced tricky fixtures later this weekend.

Chelsea Transfers: Who should follow Demba Ba out of Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea Transfers: Who should follow Demba Ba out of Stamford Bridge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is edging towards a summer exit, having reportedly informed the club of his intention to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Senegal international has barely featured for the Blues this season under Jose Mourinho, only making three starts in all competitions.

Would you pay £40m for this man?

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According to various sources in the media, Chelsea have opened negotiations with Diego Costa's representatives ahead of a £40m transfer at the end of the season. After the player turned down a move during the January transfer window it seems that Chelsea are pushing for a deal to be agreed before the World Cup.

Fernando Torres reveals admiration for Atletico boss Simeone

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Fernando Torres reveals admiration for Atletico boss Simeone - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has talked of his respect and admiration for former teammate and current Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, and refused to rule out a move back to the La Liga side in the near future.

Rooney vs Chelsea? Mourinho vs Madrid? English duo await Champions League draw

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Rooney vs Chelsea? Mourinho vs Madrid? English duo await Champions League draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United took their place in the Champions League quarter final draw by seeing off Olympiakos on Wednesday night, with arguably Europe's strongest eight set to send shock-waves across the footballing world over the coming months.

Chelsea striker linked with a return to Spain - Makeweight in Costa deal?

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Chelsea fans would be used to checking the newspapers and various websites on a daily basis to see the latest rumour and speculation. This morning, Fernando Torres is being linked with a move "home".

Ever since Torres made his move to Stamford Bridge, there has been rumour and speculation purely and simply because of two reasons.

Aston Villa v Chelsea - Pick YOUR starting Chelsea eleven.

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Tomorrow evening, Chelsea travel to Villa Park just days before we take on Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. Would you make changes or play the strongest eleven possible?

For me, I would maintain our challenge for the Premier League title and go as strong as we have possible at Villa Park.

Jose Mourinho’s All Time Best Chelsea XI

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Jose Mourinho's All Time Best Chelsea XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer for his second period in charge of Chelsea. Before the relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich broke down in 2007 and the Portuguese left the club, the Blues had enjoyed two trophy-laden years and seemed on the cusp of breaking the stranglehold of Manchester United over the Premier League.

Fulham 1-3 Chelsea - Schurrle hat-trick wins it for Chelsea.

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Chelsea defeated Fulham at Craven Cottage after an inspired second half performance from Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle.

This was always a game we needed to win. It's games such as these that matter just as much as the big games. Heading into kick off we knew that if we could just get three points to keep the pressure on Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, it would be fantastic after a difficult week travelling backwards and forwards to Istanbul.

Waste of Money – The player Chelsea simply MUST sell this summer

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Waste of Money The player Chelsea simply MUST sell this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is this a break up? Well, it certainly should be. In any relationship there should be equal amounts of give and take. Despite probably genuine efforts to the contrary, this certainly hasn't been the case with the case with Chelsea and Fernando Torres however.

PHOTO: Torres gives Chelsea priceless away goal vs Galatasaray

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PHOTO: Torres gives Chelsea priceless away goal vs Galatasaray - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw in their Champions League last 16 tie against Galatasaray tonight, with Fernando Torres giving the Blues a priceless away goal in Turkey.

The Spaniard pounced on Cesar Azpilicueta's inviting pullback on the ninth minute to put the Blues a goal to the good, and while Galatasaray scored a deserved equaliser throughAurelien Chedjou in the second half, Torres' early away goal keeps Chelsea in the driving seat ahead of the second leg on the 18th March.

Video and GIF: Fernando Torres gives Chelsea the lead at Galatasaray

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Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hints at Falcao signing; Barca to pay tax sum; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to address his forward problems this summer.

Though Chelsea are leading the English Premier League with 60 points, one more than Arsenal, the Blues have done it without much consistency from either Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, or Demba Ba.

Chelsea: Why you sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool?

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Chelsea: Why you sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even at the time, it seemed like an odd bit of business. Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers were beginning to gain a bit of momentum as the Northern irishman sought to return the club to its former glories.

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Atletico Madrid’s 4 World-Class Strikers Of The Last Decade

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While so much attention has been placed on Barcelona's academy system, one of the most overlooked stories of the past decade has been the incredible line of world-class strikers that have come through the Atletico Madrid system. Not all of them started their careers at the Spanish club, but the Spanish club has definitely made a difference in their careers, giving them the encouragement and experience necessary to take the next step up.

IN DEMAND: Fernando Torres is a wanted man!

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The Chelsea future of Fernando Torres is unclear. Despite the player stating that he wants to stay and fight for his future here under Jose Mourinho, the press still believe that he could be on his way at the end of the season.

In the past few days, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have confirmed their interest in signing Torres if Jose Mourinho decided to sell him this summer.

Friday Kickoff: Costa included in Spain squad; Anelka banned for Quenelle gesture; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Diego Costa will have his first chance to represent his adoptive country Spain on Wednesday in a friendly match against Italy.

The Atletico Madrid forward was included in Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque's squad for the friendly, though there was no place for Manchester United's Juan Mata nor Chelsea's Fernando Torres.

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Interview With Guillem Balague About Messi, Barca, Atleti, Liverpool and More

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Everton's Goodison Park hosted an "Evening of Spanish Football" last week that saw three iconic figures in the Spanish game share their opinions with an audience of hundreds.

On stage, Sky Sports' Spanish soccer expert Guillem Balague, Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro and editor of Spanish newspaper AS, Alfredo Relaño, offered typically insightful and highly intriguing opinions on a host of matters.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez: hero, villain and now superhero

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Too often in football, clubs do not get what they paid for when they sign players. If they're lucky, they get more than they ever bargained for. When Kenny Dalglish was at Liverpool, he felt that the record-breaking departure of Fernando Torres should be followed by a capture of a physical target striker who could [.

Champions League key factor for Liverpool to lure Jan Vertonghen

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Liverpool's impressive progress this season has not only seen them register their credentials as legitimate title contenders, but also as a target for for players aspiring to play in the Champions' League.

So Liverpool Just Ignored Suarez Buy Out Clause?

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Interesting comments by Liverpool owner John Henry over the week that will not sit well with Arsenal.

Arsenal bid a pound over £40m for the 27-year-old last summer, believing it would force the Reds into a sale, but speaking at he MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the weekend Henry said:

"Arsenal offered £40m and one pound for him and triggered his buy-out clause.

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Can you hear Mourinho's drums Fernando?

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As you would have seen and read almost everywhere over the last couple of days, the future of Fernando Torres is under increased scrutiny. This afternoon in his pre match press conference, Jose Mourinho backed his man for the remaining games of the season.

When asked of Torres, speculation of his future and if he still has a future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season, Mourinho said:

"Yes, he has a future.

The Blues Turn Yellow

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The Simpson family best invest in a larger sofa because the Chelsea family have rolled into Springfield.
The Blues are the latest club to be ‘Simpsonised' by creator Matt Groening and will feature in a line of new merchandise as well as a special World Cup episode of the long-running US cartoon, in which Homer will become a referee in Brazil.