Friday, 27 June 2014

Chelsea Legend : Jimmy Greaves


With 132 goals in 169 games for Chelsea, Jimmy Greaves will probably never be surpassed as the most prolific goalscorer the club has ever seen.
Greaves was signed as a junior in 1956 and the following year created a club record by scoring 114 goals in the youth team. It was inevitable that he would break through into the first team.
That he did on the opening day of the 1957/58 campaign, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham at the age of 17. Over the next four years he kept on scoring; 22 in that first season, 37 the next, then 30, and finally 43.
In all Greaves scored 13 hat-tricks for the club, including five in a game on three occasions and four another three times. His hat-trick against Manchester City in November 1960 included his 100th league goal. He was 20 years and 290 days old. This remains a league record.
During this time though we did not win a trophy and the board decided to cash in on their prize asset. They arranged a transfer to Milan against the player's wishes and Greaves last game for Chelsea was the final game of the 1960/61 season. He was made captain for the day and inevitably stole the show scoring all our goals in a 4-3 win.
After an unhappy year in Italy, Greaves wanted to return to Chelsea but the board did not want to get into a bidding war for the player and instead Jimmy signed for Tottenham where he continued to break records.

James Peter "Jimmy" Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer. He is England's third highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham Hotspur's highest ever goalscorer (268 goals), the highest goalscorer in the history of English top-flight football (357 goals), and has also scored more hat-tricks (six) for England than anyone else. He finished as the First Division's top scorer in six seasons. He is a member of the English Football Hall of Fame.
Greaves began his professional career at Chelsea in 1957, and played in the following year's FA Youth Cup final. He scored 124 First Division goals in just four seasons before being sold on to Italian club A.C. Milan for £80,000 in April 1961. His stay in Italy was not a happy one and he returned to England with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £99,999 in December 1961. Whilst with Spurs he won the FA Cup in 1961–62 and 1966–67, the Charity Shield in 1962 and 1967, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962–63; he never won a league title but did help Spurs to a second place finish in 1962–63. He moved to West Ham United in a player-exchange in March 1970 and retired the following year. After a four-year absence he returned to football at the non-league level, despite suffering from alcoholism. In a five-year spell he played for Brentwood, Chelmsford City, Barnet, and Woodford Town.
Greaves scored 13 goals in 12 England under-23 internationals and scored 44 goals in 57 full England internationals between 1959 and 1967. He played in the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cup, but was injured in the group stage of the 1966 World Cup and lost his first team place to Geoff Hurst, who kept Greaves out of the first team in the final.
After retiring as a player Greaves went on to enjoy a career in broadcasting, most notably working alongside Ian St. John on Saint and Greavsie from 1985 to 1992. He worked on a number of other sport shows on ITV during this period, including Sporting Triangles.
Club Career
Chelsea
Though he was born in Manor Park, Greaves was raised in Hainault, and was scouted playing football while a schoolboy by Chelsea's Jimmy Thompson and in 1955 was signed on as an apprentice to become one of "Drake's Ducklings", named after manager Ted Drake in response to Manchester United's "Busby Babes" He soon made an impression at youth level, scoring 51 goals in the 1955–56 season and 122 goals in the 1956–57 season under the tutelage of youth team coach Dickie Foss. Greaves scored in the 1958 FA Youth Cup final, but Chelsea lost the two-legged tie 7–6 on aggregate after Wolverhampton Wanderers turned round a four goal deficit with a 6–1 win in the second leg. He turned professional in the summer of 1957, though spent eight weeks working at a steel company to supplement his income during the summer break.
Aged 17, Greaves scored on his First Division debut on 24 August 1957 against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane. He was an instant success, as the News Chronicle reported that he "showed the ball control, confidence and positional strength of a seasoned campaigner" and compared his debut to the instant impact the young Duncan Edwards had as a teenager. The "Blues" played attacking football during the 1957–58 campaign, resulting in high-scoring matches, and Greaves ended the season as the club's top scorer with 22 goals in 37 appearances. Drake rested him for six weeks from mid-November as he did not wish the praise Greaves was receiving to go to his head; Greaves marked his return to the first team at Stamford Bridge with four goals in a 7–4 victory over Portsmouth on Christmas Day.
Greaves began the 1958–59 season strongly, and in the third match of the season he scored five goals past league champions Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 6–2 win. Chelsea remained inconsistent, though despite his team finishing in 14th place Greaves managed to finish as the division's top scorer with 32 goals in 44 league games. Greaves scored 30 goals in 42 matches in the 1959–60 campaign, five of which came in a 5–4 victory over Preston North End. Despite his goalscoring exploits, the club could manage only an 18th place finish, three places and three points above the relegation zone.
In the 1960–61 season, Greaves scored hat-tricks against Wolves, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City; he scored four goals against Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest; and hit five goals in a 7–1 win over West Bromwich Albion. His hat-trick against Manchester City on 19 November included his 100th league goal, making him the youngest player to pass the 100-goal mark, at the age of 20 years and 290 days. However, he became increasingly disillusioned at Chelsea as an inability to defend effectively meant the club were a long way from launching a title challenge and they exited the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion by losing 2–1 at home to Fourth Division side Crewe Alexandra. Club chairman Joe Mears agreed to sell Greaves as Chelsea were in need of extra cash. His last game was the final game of the 1960–61 season on 29 April; he was made captain for the day and scored all four goals in a 4–3 win against Nottingham Forest. This took his tally for the season to a club record 41 goals in 40 league games, making him the division's top scorer.

A.C. Milan

Greaves was signed by Italian Serie A club A.C. Milan for an £80,000 fee, and was given a three-year contract on £140 a week with a £15,000 signing bonus. However, he was unhappy at the thought of leaving London and tried to cancel the move before it was fully confirmed, but "Rossoneri" manager Giuseppe Viani refused to annul the deal. Greaves scored on his debut in a 2–2 draw with Botafogo at the San Siro. However, he did not get on well with new head coach Nereo Rocco, who insisted on keeping the players in a strict training regime with little personal freedom. Greaves scored nine goals in 14 appearances, including one against Inter Milan in the Milan derby. Due to his low morale, Greaves was transfer-listed and Brazilian attacker Dino Sani was signed as his replacement. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea made £96,500 bids, which were both accepted. After he left, the club went on to win the league title in 1961–62.

Tottenham Hotspur

After protracted negotiations, Bill Nicholson signed Greaves for Tottenham Hotspur in December 1961 for £99,999 – the unusual fee was intended to relieve Greaves of the pressure of being the first £100,000 player in British football. He joined Spurs just after they became the first club in England to complete the First Division and FA Cup double during the 20th century. He played his first game in a Spurs shirt for the reserve team on 9 December 1961, and scored twice in a 4–1 win over Plymouth Argyle Reserves at Home Park. He scored a hat-trick on his first team debut, including a flying scissor kick, in a 5–2 win over Blackpool at White Hart Lane. He went on to feature in the semi-finals of the European Cup, having both a goal disallowed for offside in a 3–1 defeat to Benfica at the Estádio da Luz and another disallowed for offside in the return fixture, a 2–1 win at White Hart Lane. He played in all seven games of the club's FA Cup run, scoring nine goals in the competition as they beat Birmingham City (after a replay), Plymouth Argyle, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Manchester United to reach the 1962 FA Cup Final against Burnley at Wembley. Greaves opened the scoring against Burnley on 3 minutes when he hit a low shot past goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw from a tight angle, and Spurs went on to win the game 3–1. They finished the league in third place in 1961–62, four points behind champions Ipswich Town.
Greaves scored twice in the 1962 FA Charity Shield, as Spurs secured the trophy with a 5–1 win over Ipswich at Portman Road. Spurs started the 1962–63 season strongly, and Greaves scored hat-tricks in 6–2 and 4–0 victories over Manchester United and Ipswich Town respectively, as well as four goals in a 9–2 win over Nottingham Forest. Spurs ended the season in poor form, despite Greaves scoring a hat-trick in a 5–2 win over Liverpool at Anfield. Spurs finished the league campaign in second place, six points behind champions Everton. Greaves scored 37 goals in 41 league games, finishing as the division's top scorer. In the European Cup Winners' Cup, Tottenham beat Rangers (Scotland), ŠK Slovan Bratislava (Czechoslovakia) and OFK Beograd (Yugoslavia) to reach the final, where they met Spanish club Atlético Madrid at De Kuip. In the first leg of the semi-final against Beograd in Belgrade, Greaves was sent off for violent conduct (his first and only red card) after attempting to punch centre-back Blagomir Krivokuća. Greaves served a one match ban and was able to play in the final, where he opened the scoring after an assist from Cliff Jones and later added a fourth in a 5–1 victory (John White and Terry Dyson getting the other goals). In winning the competition, Tottenham Hotspur became the first British team to win a European trophy.
Manager Bill Nicholson and his assistant Eddie Baily then began a period of transition at White Hart Lane – key players such as Danny Blanchflower, John White and Dave Mackay were reaching their mid-30s and had to be replaced – which hindered the club's ability to win trophies in the short term. Greaves remained a consistent goalscorer though, and in the 1963–64 season he scored hat-tricks in victories over Nottingham Forest, Blackpool, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers. Spurs finished in fourth place, six points behind champions Liverpool, and exited the FA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup at the opening stages. Greaves scored 35 goals in 41 league games to again finish as the division's top scorer. Strike partner Bobby Smith left the club in the summer, though Greaves felt the partnership he went on to form with new signing Alan Gilzean was even more effective.
Spurs finished sixth in 1964–65, though Greaves scored 29 goals in 41 league games to finish as the division's joint top scorer (with Andy McEvoy). He also scored two hat-tricks in the FA Cup – against Torquay United and Ipswich Town  – to take his total tally to 35 goals in 45 appearances. He missed three months at the start of the 1965–66 season after being diagnosed with hepatitis, but recovered to end the campaign with 16 goals in 31 matches, remaining the club's top scorer as they finished the league campaign in eighth place whilst failing to make it past the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
Greaves scored 31 goals in 47 appearances in the 1966–67 campaign, helping Spurs to launch a title challenge that ended with a third place finish, four points behind Manchester United. They also won the FA Cup after knocking out Millwall, Portsmouth, Bristol City, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest to reach the 1967 FA Cup Final with Chelsea. Though he did not score in the final itself, a 2–1 victory, with six goals in eight games Greaves was the competition's leading scorer. The 1967–68 season was a disappointing one for Spurs following their 3–3 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the 1967 FA Charity Shield. They finished seventh in the league, exited the FA Cup in the Fifth Round and were knocked out of the Cup Winners' Cup in the Second Round. Greaves had a poor season by his own standards, though with 29 goals in 48 appearances he was still the club's top scorer. Nicholson bought Greaves a new strike partner in Martin Chivers from Southampton for a club record £125,000 fee, with Gilzean dropping further back into midfield to accommodate, but Greaves and Chivers were not as effective together as Nicholson had hoped.
In 1968–69, Greaves scored 27 goals in 42 league games to finish as the First Division's leading scorer for the sixth and final time. He scored four of his goals in one match against Sunderland, and also scored hat-tricks against Burnley and Leicester City. His nine goals in cup competitions, including a hat-trick against Exeter City, left him with an overall goal tally of 36 in 52 games. Spurs performed inconsistently in the 1969–70 season, and Greaves was dropped from the first team after playing in an FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 28 January 1970. He was never recalled to the starting line-up, but still ended the season as the club's joint top scorer (with Martin Chivers), having scored 11 goals in 33 matches.
Greaves was given a testimonial match by Spurs on 17 October 1972 in a 2–1 win over Feyenoord at White Hart Lane; he made £22,000 from the occasion.

West Ham United

In March 1970, Greaves (valued at £90,000) joined West Ham United in part-exchange in the deal, valued at £220,000, that took Martin Peters to White Hart Lane. Greaves later admitted his regret in making the move to Upton Park. He scored two goals on his "Hammers" debut on 21 March, in a 5–1 win against Manchester City at Maine Road.
In January 1971, with Bobby Moore, Brian Dear and Clyde Best, Greaves was involved in late-night drinking, against the wishes of manager Ron Greenwood, prior to a 4–0 FA Cup away defeat to Blackpool. On arriving in Blackpool, Greaves and his team-mates had been informed by members of the press that the game, the following day, was unlikely to go ahead due to a frozen pitch and the likelihood of frost that night. Believing that there would be no game the following day, Greaves drank 12 lagers in a club owned by Brian London and did not return to the team hotel until 1.45am. Although they lost the game, Greaves claimed it was not as a result of the late night, the drinking or the frozen pitch, but because the West Ham team in which he was playing was not good enough. As a result, the players were fined and dropped by the club. Greaves was struggling with his fitness and his motivation. He felt he had become a journeyman footballer and lost motivation as he believed that apart from Moore, Geoff Hurst, Billy Bonds and Pop Robson, few of his team-mates could play good football. Towards the end of his career with West Ham Greaves began to drink more and more alcohol, often going straight from training in Chadwell Heath to a pub in Romford, where he would remain until closing time. He later admitted that he was in the early stages of alcoholism. His final game came on 1 May 1971 in a 1–0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town. Greaves scored 13 goals in 40 games in all competitions for West Ham.

Later career and alcoholism

After leaving West Ham, Greaves left football and for two years did not attend a match and he put on weight. Drinking formed a large part of his life and he became an alcoholic; at times he was drinking 20 pints of lager during the day and consuming a bottle of vodka in the evening. He was also regularly driving whilst drunk. Seeking an answer to his alcoholism, Greaves decided to return to football at a lower level where he would not be required to be as fit as he had been whilst playing in the Football League. He started playing for his local side, Brentwood, and made his debut on 27 December 1975 in a 2–0 defeat to Witham Town.
His return to football was successful enough that he signed for Chelmsford City in the Southern League for the 1976–77 season. He played for only a few months with Chelmsford. He was still struggling with alcoholism and delirium tremens and sought out help from Alcoholics Anonymous. He was also hospitalised in the alcoholics' ward of Warley Psychriatric Hospital.
In August 1977 and still coping with alcoholism, Greaves made his debut for Barnet in a 3–2 win against Atherstone Town. Playing from midfield in 1977–78, Greaves netted 25 goals (13 in the Southern League) and was their player of the season. He chose to leave the "Bees" early in the 1978–79 season in order to focus on his business interests and beating his alcoholism, despite manager Barry Fry's attempts to get him to stay at Underhill. Greaves went on to make several appearances for semi-professional side Woodford Town before retiring.

International career

Greaves made his debut for the England under-23 team in a 6–2 win over Bulgaria at Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1957; he scored two goals, and missed out on a hat-trick after failing to convert a penalty. In total he scored 13 goals in 12 games.
Greaves won his first England cap on 17 May 1959 against Peru at the Estadio Nacional, scoring England's only goal in a 4–1 defeat. The tour of the American continents was not considered a success by the British media, as England also lost to Brazil and Mexico, but Greaves mostly escaped criticism in the press as he was still a teenager and showed promise with his performances. He scored consecutive hat-tricks on 8 October 1960 and 19 October, in victories at Northern Ireland and Luxembourg. On 15 April 1961, Greaves scored another hat-trick in a 9–3 victory over Scotland at Wembley, and also had a fourth goal disallowed for offside.
He played in all four of England's games at the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile, scoring one goal in the 3–1 victory over Argentina before playing in the quarter-final defeat to Brazil. During the defeat to Brazil a stray dog ran onto the pitch and evaded all of the players' efforts to catch it until Greaves got down on all fours to beckon the animal. The Brazilian player Garrincha thought the incident was so amusing that he took the dog home as a pet.
On 20 November 1963, he scored four goals in an 8–3 win over Northern Ireland. The following year, on 3 October, he scored another hat-trick against Northern Ireland to take his goal tally to 35, ahead of Bobby Charlton, which meant that he held the overall England goalscoring record until 1968 when Charlton overtook his goal tally. He scored four goals again on 29 June 1966, in a 6–1 friendly win over Norway, and in doing so ensured himself a starting place in the 1966 FIFA World Cup.
"I danced around the pitch with everyone else but even in this moment of triumph and great happiness, deep down I felt my sadness. Throughout my years as a professional footballer I had dreamed of playing in a World Cup Final. I had missed out on the match of a lifetime and it hurt."
— Greaves was bitterly disappointed to have missed the World Cup final, though it was only aftr his playing career ended that he descended into alcoholism.
At the World Cup he played all three group games against Uruguay, Mexico and France, however in the win against France midfielder Joseph Bonnel racked his studs down Greaves' shin, causing a wound that required 14 stitches and left a permanent scar. His replacement, Geoff Hurst, scored the winner in the quarter-final against Argentina and kept his place all the way to the final, where Hurst scored a hat-trick as England won the tournament. Greaves was fit to play in the final, but manager Alf Ramsey opted against changing a winning team. Only the 11 players on the pitch at the end of the 4–2 win over West Germany received medals. Following a Football Association led campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all the winners’ squad members, Greaves was presented with his medal by Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street on 10 June 2009.
Greaves played only three more times for England after the 1966 World Cup, scoring a single goal. His final cap came in a 1–0 win over Austria on 27 May 1967. He retired from international football early the following year after telling Ramsey that he had no intention of becoming a bit-part player in the England squad. In total he scored 44 goals in 57 appearances for England. He remains third in the all-time list of England goalscorers, behind Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker. Greaves holds the record for most hat-tricks for England — six in all.

Style of play

Greaves was a prolific goalscorer, and cited his relaxed attitude as the reason for his assured composure and confidence. He also had great acceleration and pace, as well as great positional skills.

Broadcasting career

Greaves became a columnist at The Sun newspaper in the early 1980s. He continued to write his column for 30 years until it was cancelled, at which point he began working as a columnist for
The Sunday People. He worked as a pundit on Star Soccer from 1980, and later worked on The Saturday Show before he was selected as a pundit for ITV's coverage of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. From there he worked on World of Sport and On the Ball, where he struck up a partnership with
Ian St. John. Greg Dyke also hired Greaves to work as a television reviewer and presenter on TV-am in what Dyke admitted was a way of "dumbing down" the programme in order to attract more viewers. From October 1985 to April 1992 he and St. John presented a popular Saturday lunchtime football show called Saint and Greavsie. He went on to work as a team captain on Sporting Triangles, opposite Andy Gray and Emlyn Hughes. His career in television came to an end as the Premier League was starting up, and he believed that his light-hearted approach to football was not considered serious enough for television bosses at the time.
He went into semi-retirement after Saint and Greavsie was cancelled, making only occasional television appearances and after-dinner speeches. He released his autobiography, Greavsie, in 2003. Greaves has also written numerous books in partnership with his lifelong friend, the journalist and author Norman Giller.

Personal life

He married Irene in 1958, and though the pair went through a divorce process during the height of his alcoholism the divorce was never finalised and they reunited after three months apart. They had four children, Lynn, Mitzi, Danny (who was a professional footballer with Southend United), and Andrew. They also had another son, Jimmy Greaves Jr, who died before his first birthday.
Whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur he took out a £1,000 bank loan to start a packing business with his brother-in-law. By the end of his playing career this company had an annual turnover of over £1 million. He had a number of different business interests, including a travel agency. Whilst out of the Spurs first team Greaves entered the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally. In his first ever rally, alongside co-driver, Tony Fall, Greaves drove a Ford Escort to a sixth place finish out of the 96 entrants.
Greaves underwent surgery on an artery in his neck after suffering a mild stroke in February 2012.


Honours

Chelsea

FA Youth Cup runner-up: 1958

Tottenham Hotspur
 
FA Cup winner: 1961–62 & 1966–67
Football League First Division runner-up: 1962–63
FA Charity Shield winner: 1962 & 1967
European Cup Winners Cup winner: 1962–63
 
England
 
British Home Championship winner: 1959–60 (shared), 1960–61, 1963–64 (shared), 1964–65 & 1965–66
British Home Championship runner-up: 1961–62, 1962–63 & 1966–67
FIFA World Cup winner: 1966
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Good Luck Jimmy and Thank You.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Lamps Hoping to go out with a bang in Brazil


Frank Lampard : Chelseas Talisman Midfielder to leave Stamford Bridge


Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has announced that he will leave the club after 13 years at Stamford Bridge.
The 35-year-old England international, Chelsea's all-time leading scorer with 211 goals, is out of contract.

Frank Lampard factfile

  • Date of birth: 20/06/1978
  • Clubs: West Ham 1995-2001, Swansea (on loan) 1995-96, Chelsea 2001-2014
  • Appearances for Chelsea: 649
  • Goals for Chelsea: 211
  • Premier League titles: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10
  • FA Cup wins: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12
  • League Cup wins: 2004-05, 2006-07
  • Champions League win: 2011-12
  • Europa League win: 2012-13
For a player who has won all the trophies available to a Chelsea player, it would have been nice to finish a glittering career with a World Cup Winners medal, but sadly lack luster performances by his England colleagues spoilt it.

Since joining from West Ham in 2001, Lampard has won 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.
"This club has become part of my life," said Lampard, who is with the England squad in Miami ahead of the World Cup.
He has yet to decide if he will retire, but has had offers from 16 other clubs - however, none will be considered until after the tournament in Brazil finishes.
After signing for a fee of £11m, Lampard made 649 appearances for Chelsea, who also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League in his time at the west London club.
He had signed a one-year contract extension in May 2013, and made 40 appearances this season under Jose Mourinho.
Lampard, son of West Ham defender Frank Lampard senior, first played for England in October 1999.
England team-mates praise Lampard
He has scored 29 goals in 103 international appearances, and played at Euro 2004 as well as World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014
Manchester City midfielder James Milner paid tribute to his England team-mate and said: "He has been outstanding for club and country and never seems to have an off season.
"He is a top player, a top professional and the sort we need for the World Cup. I would have thought there will be plenty of Premier League clubs after him next season. He is certainly not finished."
Lampard's Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole, 33, is also out of contract and set to leave after eight years at Stamford Bridge.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Chelseas European Campaign 2013-2014

Competition format
Champions League Draw
How We Won the Champions League 2011-12
 Trophies (UEFA Champions League group stage draw)
Chelsea were Drawn in Group E with

Schalke (Ger)

Basle (Sui)

Steaua Bucharest (Rou)
Rest of the Draw Visit Link
The UEFA Champions League squad is:
A List 1. Petr Cech 2. Branislav Ivanovic 3. Ashley Cole 4. David Luiz 7. Ramires 8. Frank Lampard 9. Fernando Torres 10. Juan Mata 11. Oscar 12. John Mikel Obi 14. Andre Schurrle 15. Kevin De Bruyne 16. Marco van Ginkel 17. Eden Hazard 19. Demba Ba 22. Willian 23. Mark Schwarzer
24. Gary Cahill 26. John Terry 28. Cesar Azpilicueta 29. Samuel Eto'o 34. Ryan Bertrand
B List46. Jamal Blackman
Full Round of 16 draw
Manchester City FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
Olympiacos FC (GRE) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
AC Milan (ITA) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) v Chelsea FC (ENG)
FC Schalke 04 (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP)
FC Zenit (RUS) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Bayern München (GER)









UEFA Champions League Table Group E





Team P GD Pts


Chelsea   9  12

FC Schalke 04 6   0  10

Basel 6  -1   8

Steaua Bucharest 6  -8  3


































Wed 18th. Sept. Champions League group stage matchday 1 Chelsea 1 v 2 Basle (H)
Chelsea v Basel
Summary
Chelsea fell to a first home defeat in the Champions League group stages for a decade, having surrendered the lead against a dogged Basel side.
Oscar had put Chelsea in front with his second goal of the season at the end of a first half in which we had been the better team but struggled to create chances.
The Brazilian, who scored six times in Europe last season, five in this competition, got off the mark with a precise low finish to put us in control, and midway through the second almost doubled the lead when his curling shot hit the crossbar.
There were other chances too, notably for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, before Basel struck level against the run of play through the impressive Mohamed Salah, and then took the lead with 10 minutes remaining with a Marco Streller header. It was a kier blow that came too late for the Blues to respond, and so we begin our European campaign with a defeat few outside Switzerland would have predicted.
Team newsJose Mourinho handed Willian a debut, the Brazilian making his first appearance since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala, while Samuel Eto'o made his home debut up front, keeping his place from the 1-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday.
John Terry was rested, so Frank Lampard captained the side with Gary Cahill returning in central defence alongside David Luiz. There was also a first start for Marco van Ginkel in the middle of midfield.
Basel dropped former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen, with Behrang Safari coming in to their defence.
First halfit was Van Ginkel who first caught the eye, his sliding challenge abruptly ending a promising Basel counter, but it was Chelsea who looked the more potent against a side beaten twice last season in the Europa League.
Visiting goalkeeper Yann Sommer was only called into action after a quarter of an hour, however, when he flapped at a cross under pressure from Eto'o and was fortunate to be given a free-kick as a scramble ensued in the Basel area.
Salah escaped the attentions of Ashley Cole at the other end shortly afterwards, but the winger's low cross was well intercepted by Cahill before any damage was done.
Lampard and Eden Hazard both shot off target from distance as Basel's well organised side proved difficult to penetrate and grew steadily into the game. Salah managed to run clear again, but slowed by David Luiz, he eventually curled over the bar, somewhat wastefully. Petr Cech then had to save from Giovanni Sio, who had tried his luck from long range.
As the half wore on, Chelsea had offered less and less of a threat, so it was surprising to see us take the lead just before the break. David Luiz took control of the ball in midfield and fed Lampard, who picked a subtle pass into the box for Oscar to compose himself and fire low into the bottom corner. It was a simple goal, and in a stroke undid all the Swiss side's good work so far, allowing Mourinho's men to go in rather more pleased with their evening's work at the halfway point.
Second halfA year ago this week Oscar announced himself to Chelsea fans with a wicked, bending goal against Juventus, and having reopened his Champions League account already, he sought to repeat that strike, whipping his shot across Sommer but this time seeing it cannon back into play of the crossbar.
A minute later the 22-year-old worked himself a yard in a similar area, and was close again, this time watching it bounce just wide after taking a deflection, Ivanovic's header was claimed by the goalkeeper from the resulting corner.
Just after the hour mark Oscar turned creator as he played an inspired pass across the Basel box to find Hazard, who in turn failed to find the target, shooting way over the bar into the Matthew Harding end.
Basel forward Streller had barely had a kick in attack so far, but proved important to his side in defence when he stretched to divert another Ivanovic set-piece header over the bar. Lampard had supplied the cross from wide.
Willian's first outing came to an end after 66 minutes as Mourinho introduced Juan Mata with Chelsea well in command. The Spaniard came inside with Oscar switching to the right. Willian had provided a solid performance, with plenty to whet the appetite.
Before Mata had a chance to bring his own creative influence to the game, Basel drew level with a fantastic goal out of the blue. Chelsea looked solid as the visitors came forward, but as the ball changed directions quickly on the edge of the area, Streller was able to play a first-time pass right to Salah, and the Egyptian found Cech's bottom right-hand corner with an excellently struck finish from 15 yards.
As soon as was possible, Mourinho opted to make further changes. Lampard and Van Ginkel went off, John Mikel Obi and Demba Ba came on, the latter to become the central striker with Eto'o moving left after a frustrating night down the middle.
More pain was to follow though. Salah countered once more, his pace having been a consistent menace, and his pull-back found Streller, whose shot was deflected behind. From the corner, the forward managed to get ahead of his marker Cahill at the near post, glancing the ball beyond Cech to give his side an unlikely lead to defend for the final 10 minutes.
Now Chelsea really had to chase the game, but it meant more gaps at the back, and Salah once more pulled back, this time for Marcelo Diaz, who should have done better with his finish.
Oscar did manage one shot on target, bringing a simple save from Sommer with a too-straight drive, and the goalkeeper made a late stop from Eto'o, but there would be no equaliser, meaning work to do in Bucharest in a fortnight. This was just Jose Mourinho's second defeat at Stamford Bridge, and it will not have gone down well with the manager, who at Goodison Park on Saturday bemoaned a series of missed chances.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Van Ginkel (Mikel 75), Lampard (c) (Ba 75); Hazard, Oscar, Willian (Mata 66), Eto'o.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Terry, Azpilicueta, De Bruyne.
Goals Oscar 44
Booked
Van Ginkel 41
Basel (4-4-1-1): Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Safari; Salah (Xhaka 87), Diaz, Frei, Stocker (Ajeti 81); Sio (Delgado 64); Streller.
Unused substitutes: Vailati, P Degen, D Degen, Sauro.
Goals Salah 70, Streller 80
Booked
Diaz 63
Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Crowd
40,358

Tues. 1st. Oct.
Champions League group stage matchday 2
Chelsea 4 v 0 S Bucurest (A)
Ramires scores against Steaua

MATCH REPORT: STEAUA BUCHAREST 0 CHELSEA 4

Summary The Champions League campaign is on a steadier footing after a thoroughly deserved away win in Romania.
Ramires scored in each half, with an own-goal sandwiched between the Brazilian's strikes. Frank Lampard completed the scoring in the closing stages.
Jose Mourinho's men were 2-0 up and comfortable just before half-time with the third goal scored shortly after the interval. Steaua had the occasional chance after that, but on a night when the Blues continued the bright passing and movement seen in the second period at White Hart Lane, it was always likely a fourth would come and so it did with two minutes left on the clock.
With the Chelsea Under-19 side winning by the same scoreline in the same city against their equivalents from Steaua, it has been a good visit to Eastern Europe for the west Londoners.
Team NewsJose Mourinho was true to his word at the weekend and selected Juan Mata from the start. With Eden Hazard out injured, the substitute who replaced him during the Spurs game, Andre Schurrle, kept his place, as did Fernando Torres up front.
Oscar completed the attacking quartet with Ramires remaining alongside Lampard behind them. That midfield pair and the defence were the same as in the impressive second half at White Hart Lane.
Steaua made two changes from their away defeat in the first group game. Lucian Filip played in midfield in place of Mihai Pintilii and Federico Piovaccari was preferred to Pantelis Kapetanos as the striker.
First halfJose Mourinho had more or less labelled this a must-win match even at this early stage of the competition, and it was easy to see why given the pressure that would build if we did not do so ahead of back-to-back matches with Bundesliga side Schalke.
It was also easy to see Chelsea winning on our return to Bucharest given the balance of the opening minutes of this game.

Almost from the off Schurrle embarked on a weaving run that resulted in Mata with the ball at his feet and the keeper to beat. But realising he didn't have the room to work it over Tatarusanu only a couple of yards in front, the Spaniard intelligently spun and laid the ball back to Schurrle. Agonisingly the winger's shot hit a defender with the goalie struggling to regain position.
The bright start was countered by an injury to Fernando Torres who had been struggling since an early challenge. Samuel Eto'o stripped and was ready to come on as Torres had treatment off the pitch, but our no.9 decided he could continue.
Only a couple of minutes later his time was up, as the fourth official's number board signalled the introduction of Eto'o just 10 minutes in.
The roof had remained on the impressive National Arena during the wettest of wet days in the Romanian capital, and the pitch showed no signs of the puddles present during training 24 hours before.
Chelsea were forced to defend when Lampard didn't collect a pass in front of our penalty area from Mata but David Luiz was able to head the eventual cross to safety.
Soon after, the white-kitted Blues went on a counter-attack. The ball was swept out to the left to Schurrle who centred to Eto'o. The scoring chance looked to be the Cameroonian's but when he ball was nicked away from his toes by a defender, it came to Ramires who was able to bundle the ball in from a couple of yards out. The lead had taken 19 minutes to arrive.
At Tottenham, Mata had come on to play on the right side, but tonight he was more often the central playmaker with Oscar out wider, and he was justifying that by oiling Chelsea moves through some very congested spots. His lifted short pass over the defence on 25 minutes was close to giving Oscar a clear sight of the target. Mata then had shot that stuck under the keeper's body.
Lampard was booked on 32 minutes for a shove near halfway as Steuau were sizing up a counter-attack possibility.
The Romanian league champions were finding it tough to get at the Chelsea defence. Terry and David Luiz were playing the offside well when faced with long balls and the midfield were helping keep the home side at bay.
Highlighting the hard work was Schurrle tracking a run 40 yards back down his flank before dispossessing his opponent, who had only just taken possession of the ball.
When one cross did come over from Popa into the danger zone, Cech was able to help it on its way to safety.
Schurrle's loose touch denied him a shooting chance after Ramires had shown good vision to find the German in space, but two minutes before the interval we were able to double our lead with a helping foot from Steaua full-back Georgievski. Mata released Eto'o down the inside left channel and although the keeper saved, the defender haring back towards his own goal couldn't help but divert the rebound in.
The 2-0 scoreline was a fair reflection on the first 45 minutes.
Second halfAshley Cole was booked before five minutes were up for tripping Stanciu; Steaua having counter-attacked following a highly uncharacteristic air shot from Lampard in the sort of position he relishes.
The third goal came four minutes later. Schurrle's running with and without the ball down the left had been a thorn in the home side all night and having just seen one dribble come to nothing, this time after powering past more red and blue shirts he centred to Oscar. The Brazilian had the vision to pick out Ramires's overlapping run for a thumping finish.
The football was flowing. Mata rapped the post with Oscar again conjuring the opening but then Steaua had their best effort.
Cech backpeddled to tip a lob from Tanase over the bar but his momentum kept him falling onto the post. That hurt and treatment was needed for the big Czech, but with half an hour to go he was able to continue.
Schurrle went close before at the other end, Stanicu worked Cech and then fired over when the save came back his way.
Eto'o, still in search of his first Chelsea goal, connected sweetly with a volley from an acute angle inside the final 15 minutes but unfortunately Tatarusanu was equal to it and saved.
Azpilicueta and Willian were late additions to the action, both in midfield positions and they got forward, but it was Lampard who scored the last goal. Before that Cech made the last save, tipping a long-range shot round the post at full-stretch. The corner that followed resulted in a melee in our six-yard box but the clean sheet survived, taking Cech ever closer to Peter Bonetti's club record.
The game had long been over as a contest by the time of that late rally from the Romanians and there was one more chance to show our prowess on the break. Eto'o made an advance on the left of the area and gave the ball to Willian over on the other side. It was laid back to Lampard who found the net with a first-time shot via the inside of the far post.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1):Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar (Azpilicueta 78), Mata (Willian 80), Schurrle; Torres (Eto'o 10).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cahill, Mikel, Ba.
Scorers Ramires 19, 54, Georgievski o.g. 43, Lampard 88.
Booked
Lampard 32.

Steaua (4-2-3-1):Tatarusanu; Georgievski (Varela 70), Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici; Bourceanu (c), Filip; Popa, Stanciu,Tanase; Piovaccari.
Unused subs Nita, Tatu, Prepelita, Neagu, Cristea, Kapetanos.
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain.


Tues. 22nd. Oct.
Champions League group stage matchday 3
Chelsea 3 v 0 Schalke (A)

Schalke v Chelsea

SummaryA 3-0 win in Schalke, secured courtesy of a Fernando Torres brace and a late Eden Hazard strike, saw the Blues move into top spot in Group E and record a fourth successive victory.

The evening had started well, with Torres heading us in front inside the opening four minutes, but for the latter part of the first half it was Schalke looking the more threatening of the two sides.
Torres, though, extended our advantage in the 68th minute when he finished from close-range following excellent build up play between Hazard and Oscar.
The Belgian, after scoring twice against Cardiff at the weekend, produced a wonderful individual display, and he got the goal his performance had merited in the closing minutes when he raced clear before finishing excellently.
It's now seven games unbeaten for Jose Mourinho's men, with 19 goals scored in the process, and we head into Sunday's Premier League game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in great shape.
Team newsThere were five changes to the side which beat Cardiff City 4-1 on Saturday, with Mourinho making two defensive switches, bringing in Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta at the expense of David Luiz and Ryan Bertrand. Torres was given the nod to lead the line, while in behind him Oscar and Andre Schurrle were selected ahead of Juan Mata and Willian, with both players starting on the bench.
Schalke had suffered with injuries to key players in recent weeks, but the likes of Jermaine Jones, Julian Draxler and Kevin-Prince Boateng all started for Jens Keller's side.
First halfWith the home side going into the game having yet to concede a goal in this season's competition, it was imperative we started the game in a positive manner, and after an incisive break inside the opening minute of the match we went close. Oscar and Andre Schurrle combined and, as the German found Torres, the striker's shot on the turn was deflected behind.
Moments later, however, we weren't to be denied as another quick counter-attack produced an early breakthrough for the Blues.
Cahill cleared a Dennis Aogo cross on the edge of our own box and the ball fell to Hazard out on the right-hand side who broke at pace. After some clever build-up play between the Belgian, Oscar and Schurrle we won a corner. Frank Lampard's delivery was a teasing one, and as Branislav Ivanovic flicked it on, Torres arrived at the far post to head us into the lead.
Schalke v Chelsea
It was the Spaniard's first start since last month's game at Tottenham, and the perfect way to announce his return to the starting line-up.
The Blues were content to defend deep and in large numbers early on, looking to cause the hosts problems on the break, and as the game approached the 20-minute mark it was an approach that appeared to be working well.
Hazard and Oscar had looked particularly dangerous, and another move involving the pair, as well as Ivanovic, culminated with the Brazilian screwing a shot well wide when he should have at least worked Timo Hildebrand in the Schalke goal.
The home side came into the game top of Group E having taken maximum points from their opening two matches, and they remained a threat, but John Terry and Cahill were standing firm, with the latter making a couple of crucial interventions to keep them at bay.
On the first occasion we were really opened up, though, Schalke should have restored parity. Roman Neustadter slid an inch-perfect pass in behind Azpilicueta, presenting Atsuto Uchida with a glorious opportunity to equalise, but the right-back, perhaps in unfamiliar territory, blasted his shot high into the stand behind the goal which was playing host to the most vocal section of the home support.
Schalke v Chelsea
The home side were growing into the game as the half edged towards its conclusion and went close twice in quick succession. Petr Cech could only get a hand to a cross from Draxler, and as the ball landed at the feet of Christian Clemens it took a magnificent block from Azpilicueta to preserve our lead.
Moments later, the Chelsea goalkeeper showed great agility to tip a Neustadter header, which looked destined for the roof of the net, over the bar as Schalke pressed for a leveller before the break.
Second halfJones became the first player to earn a yellow card two minutes into the second half for a cynical trip on Ramires as the Chelsea midfielder looked set to burst away from him, and three minutes later we went close to extending our advantage.
Like the opening goal, it stemmed from a Lampard set-piece, this time a free-kick rather than a corner, and as it was swung in, Torres expertly guided his header towards goal, only to see it crash against the top of the post and bounce away to safety.
After seeing the home side dominate towards the end of the first half, Mourinho will have been keen for his players to take control of proceedings and not allow Schalke to gain the ascendancy once more.
Andre Schurrle in action against Schalke

Lampard and Torres combined again just before the hour, the striker taking a clever pass in his stride before rolling the ball invitingly across goal, but while the idea was a smart one, the pace on the delivery meant there was little chance of Oscar or Hazard getting on the end of it.
At the other end, Schalke's threat remained, and Benedikt Howedes will feel he should have done better when he arrived in the box to meet a Jones knock-down but, with time on his side, could only steer his header wide of Cech's left-hand post.
With 22 minutes left on the clock, though, and from another devastating counter-attack, it was 2-0. The goal owed much to the quick-thinking and abilities of Hazard who pounced on a loose ball inside our own half as a Schalke move broke down. After beating two men, he slipped it into the path of the advancing Oscar; the Brazilian showed great strength to hold off the defensive challenge and as he rolled it across the penalty area, Torres was on hand to finish it off and double his tally for the evening.
It was a goal of the highest quality and one which sent the travelling Chelsea faithful packed into the far corner delirious.
With a two-goal lead to protect, and no doubt conscious of not wanting to take any unnecessary risks, Mourinho made his first substitution of the night, replacing Schurrle with the more defensive-minded John Mikel Obi, while soon after Oscar made way for his compatriot David Luiz, with the substitute slotting into midfield.
If the second goal had knocked the wind out of Schalke's sails, three minutes from time the game was well and truly put to bed.
Eden Hazard scores against Schalke
A hopeful clearance by Ramires landed at the feet of Hazard, and as the Belgian drove towards goal, he jinked inside the retreating defender and finished in style, rolling his effort into the back of the net , his first goal in the Champions League, and one which put the seal on a fantastic night for the Blues.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Hazard (Eto'o 89), Oscar (David Luiz 82), Schurrle (Mikel 71); Torres.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Bertrand, Willian, Mata
Scorers Torres 4 and 68, Hazard 87
Booked
Cahill 54
Schalke (4-2-3-1): Hildebrand; Uchida, Howedes (c), Matip, Aogo; Jones (Kolasinac 71), Neustadter; Clemens, Meyer (Goretzka 78), Draxler; Boateng.
Unused substitutes: Fahrmann, Hoogland, Santana, Fuchs, Szalai
Booked Jones 47
Referee Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Crowd 54,442

Wed. 6th. Nov.
Champions League group stage matchday 4
Chelsea 3 v 0 Schalke (H)

Chelsea v Schalke
Summary
Chelsea's position in Group E was greatly strengthened by our third straight win in the competition, a Samuel Eto' double strike and a late goal from substitute Demba Ba giving us back-to-back victories over the Bundesliga side.
If Eto'o's first goal tonight owed a lot to the opposition, the second certainly didn't when he capped a swift move with an emphatic finish. Schalke had threatened early on but were kept at bay for most of the game although Petr Cech was called on early in the second half with the score 1-0.

Team News
As he promised, Jose Mourinho made changes, six in total with Cesar Azpilicueta playing left-back as he had in Germany two weeks ago. Gary Cahill, John Mikel Obi, Willian and Andre Schurrle all returned to the side, and Samuel Eto'o replaced injured Fernando Torres in attack.

Schalke's changes from the first meeting were in attack too with Adam Szalai back as striker and Kevin-Prince Boateng dropping back into a more accustomed midfield role. Christian Fuchs came into midfield too.
First half
Having excelled in two away Champions League games since the Basel defeat, it was time to exorcise the ghost of that night from the Bridge as we returned home for a European night. However the first proper chance this evening was manufactured by the Germans and it was a good effort too - Julian Draxler rolling a shot worryingly close to the target after the stretching Mikel couldn't cut out a ball across from the right. Then Szalai hit the same section of boarding behind the goal as the Blues were left short of men at the back. That was two early escapes in the first five minutes.
Mikel later lost the ball in our half as he settled into his first Champions League start of the season but this time the Schalke shot didn't go anywhere close.
Chelsea's way of gaining a foothold on the game was a period of sustained, careful possession without pushing forward too much, a couple of Willian-led counter-attacks apart.
On 18 minutes, Draxler was booked for impeding Azpilicueta 30 yards out and it was the opportunity for the Blues to test Timo Hildebrand for the first time. Schurrle did just that with a well-flighted free-kick to the near top corner. The save was not the most graceful but it was effective, and earned congratulations from the keeper's team-mates. The score remained 0-0.
Schalke were playing with Boateng often up close to Szalai in attack, keeping the Chelsea centre-backs well occupied. Terry needed treatment when caught in the face by the elbow of Szalai.
Schurrle had struck a shot wide in open play as the search for a lead continued but the manner in which we took it with half an hour played was so unexpected the live TV coverage almost missed it. Those in the stadium saw Hildebrand inexplicably delay a kick upfield so long that Eto'o's chase down was rewarded, the eventual clearance bouncing off the striker and into the net.
This time there were certainly no congratulations from his team-mates for the former German international - only barracking from the home support every time he took a kick for the rest of the game.
There were also no questions over the legality of the goal this time either, unlike the last time Eto'o tried to catch a keeper unawares at the Shed End. A year ago Fernando Torres had similar joy at that end of the stadium too, early on in a match against Shakhtar Donetsk .
On this night against German opposition, Eto'o had a chance eight minutes later but spooned his shot tamely at the keeper. Neither side went close again before the interval.
Second half
Six minutes after the restart, it was time for Chelsea players to thank their goalie - Cech having saved splendidly from Draxler after the young German seemed certain to score, having stepped inside Azpilicueta after a throw had been allowed to go a long way.
Two minutes later, Eto'o doubled his tally and the Chelsea lead with deadly, stylish finishing. It was Chelsea counter-attacking at its best after the ball was given away by the visitors in our half. Willian played the perfect pass out to the three-times Champions League winner who knew exactly what to do.
Schalke now looked a beaten side. Hildebrand spilled a Schurrle shot but no one was following up closely and Jermaine Jones was booked for barging Willian over as another Chelsea break was very much on the cards. There was a near action replay when Atsuto Uchida took out Schurrle to earn the same punishment.
Demba Ba, one of three players brought on inside the final 15 minutes, should have tested Hildebrand more than he did with a shot but with 82 minutes on the clock and with his second opportunity, he hit the back of the net for the first time this season.
Having won an aerial challenge himself, the striker stayed onside as another substitute, Frank Lampard, lifted the ball over the defence and half-volleyed the ball into the bottom corner.
Since defeat in the opening game of this season's Champions League we have won three, scored 10 goals and conceded none, a fine response to defeat. Basel drew at home to Steaua Burcharest and a good result in Switzerland in out next game should see us through.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1):Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar (Lampard 80), Schurrle (De Bruyne 77); Eto'o (Ba 76).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, D Luiz, Mata.
Scorers Eto'o 30, 53, Ba 82.

Schalke
(4-2-3-1):Hildebrand; Uchida, Howedes (c), Matip, Aogo; Jones, Neustatder; Draxler (Clemens 61), Boateng (Kolasinac 76), Fuchs (Meyer 66); Szalai.
Unused subs Fahrmann, Hoogland, Felipe Santana, Ayhan.
Booked Draxler 18, Jones 71, Uchida 75.
Referee Svein Oddvar Moen from Norway
Crowd
41,194


Tues. 26th. Nov.
Champions League group stage matchday 5
Chelsea 0 v 1 Basle
 Basel v Chelsea
Summary
For the second time in this group stage, Basel were deserved winners over Chelsea but Schalke's 0-0 draw away in Romania puts us through to the Champions League knockout stages.
The Blues came looking for the win that would guarantee top spot but that rarely looked on the cards. On a night when Samuel Eto'o was carried off on a stretcher, our attacking play did not record a shot on target, whereas in the first-half the enduring excellence of Petr Cech kept the home side at bay.
The second-half display by Chelsea was more solid but with their one genuine opening after the break, Basel scored late in the game through Mohamed Salah. There was no way back and we now need a win at Stamford Bridge against Steaua if we are to go into the last 16 draw as group stage winners.

Team News
Jose Mourinho made just one change to the starting line up from the weekend win over West Ham, Willian coming in and Eden Hazard making way and he retained the 4-3-3 shape so successful at Upton Park
He was also able to use Fernando Torres for the first time in four games, the Spaniard starting on the bench but seeing action before the interval.
John Terry, in making his 592nd Chelsea appearance, drew level with John Hollins as the club's fourth-highest appearance maker of all time.
First half
Hopes that the altered team shape that proved so successful in the last Premier League outing would dominate in a similar way didn't materialise on a freezing night on the banks of the upper Rhine.

The pattern for the opening period was set very early on when Valentin Stocker crossed menacingly having found space on the left. Marco Streller, the Basel centre-forward and captain, made no contact at the near post. Then Stocker was fouled out wide and Xhaka's free-kick was flighted past the white shirts in the area but not past Cech, who pushed the low ball away.
The pick of the defending in the first 10 minutes though, as the home side enjoyed all the pressure, came from Gary Cahill who was well-placed to slide another low cross behind as it reached the six-yard box, Basel this time having worked an over-lap on the right.
Cech then scrambled a shot behind from Fabian Frei. It was not his most convincing save. From the corner, centre-back Ivan Ivanov made slight contact with his outstretched leg and Mikel, playing his 50th Champions League game, was required to clear off the line.
At last, 15 minutes in, Chelsea made an opening with the right boot of Ivanovic drilling over a cross that the out-stretched one of Eto'o couldn't quite reach. The Cameroonian's run had almost been the perfect one.
Basel went straight back down the other end and Salah's shot was tipped over by Cech. That was one of his better saves. As the pressure stayed on, Basel players and fans shouted loudly for a penalty when the ball bounced up off the turf and onto the side, then the arm of Lampard; nothing given by referee Lannoy from France.
Chelsea were not keeping the ball well enough to take any sort of grip on the game. When it fell to Mohamed Salah 10 yards out, he was again denied by the Chelsea keeper who was playing his 450th game for the club. This time it was one of his best saves.
Chelsea steadied the boat with some more careful possession around the half-hour. Cech came out of his area to clear a Basel attack upfield and it turned into one of our best passes of the game so far. Yann Sommer in the Basel goal came to claim just in front of the head of Eto'o when Willian floated a cross in.
Azpilicueta recovered well from an initial misjudgement to slide-tackle Salah inside the area when the winger would otherwise have truly tested Cech, before Xhaka became the game's first player booked for chopping Ivanovic on halfway.
On 39 minutes came a blow for the visitors from London. Eto'o, having gone for a ball behind the defence, twisted his leg slightly as he deccelerated and hit the turf, instantly asking to be replaced before being carried off. It didn't look good. Torres came on.
Second half
The first 10 minutes were relatively uneventful, but that at least signalled Chelsea were getting to grips with the Swiss advances better than before. Mourinho though wanted more from his team going forward and he introduced Eden Hazard with a significant part of the game still to play. Oscar made way.
The Belgian exchanged passes brightly with Torres early in his contribution, but then wasn't accurate with a ball to Ramires and a shooting chance evaporated.
Serey Die felled Hazard out wide at the cost of a card, and Lampard's low free-kick briefly threatened to worm a way through but was cleared. Mikel followed into the book soon after for catching Elneny.
As the game entered its final quarter, Chelsea began to find areas of space to operate within inside the Basel half. Were the home side, who badly needed the win, tiring?
Ramires was booked for tripping Serey Die off the ball as Chelsea attacked; it looked an accidental contact.
Twice it needed some scrambled defending to keep Chelsea at bay as the game entered the final 10 minutes but then Serey Die struck a shot just past the post with Cech fully extended. That was the first time the Swiss champions had gone close since the interval.
Chelsea's underdoing was a straight-forward long ball from the back. Salah had managed to escape any marking down the left and finally he got the better of Cech, lifting the ball over the exposed keeper. There were 86 minutes played.
The half had been an even one but given the balance of the first period, Chelsea could have few complaints about the final result. It will need a better performance against Steaua at the Bridge in two weeks' time for top spot to be taken with comfort.
Chelsea (4-3-3):Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Willian (De Bruyne 86), Eto'o (Torres 41), Oscar (Hazard 55).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Cole, Schurrle, Mata.
Booked Mikel 64, Ramires 76.

Basel
(4-1-4-1):Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Xhaka (Ajeti 70); Serey Die; Salah, Elneny, Frei. Stocker (Sauro 90+2); Streller (c) (Sio 77).
Unused subs Vailati, P Degen, D Degen, Delgado.
Scorer Salah 86.
Booked Xhaka 36, Serey Die 62.
Referee Stephane Lannoy from France.
Crowd
35,208


Wed. 11th. Dec.
Champions League group stage matchday 6
Chelsea 1 v 0 S Bucurest

Chelsea v Steaua

Summary A steady if unspectacular victory courtesy of Demba Ba's early goal means Chelsea finish group stage winners for the ninth time in our 12 Champions League campaigns.
Opportunities for more goals were few, although Branislav Ivanovic was denied by good goalkeeping and Ba another goal by wayward finishing. Steaua, who set a new record tonight for most consecutive Champions League games without a victory, wasted one gilt-edged chance shortly after the goal but that apart did not look likely to get back into the match.

Team News
Jose Mourinho spoke before the game of the need to rest players but still win the game and he set out to do that by making seven changes from the defeat at Stoke.
Mark Schwarzer at 41 years of age played the first Champions League game of his career and ahead of the goalkeeper, Ashley Cole returned to defence, as did David Luiz who was over injury, just like his countryman Oscar who was also back. Willian, ill and unavailable at the weekend, and Eden Hazard were the wide players with Ba leading the attack.
First halfPrior to kick off, and in common with other European games this week, a banner was displayed in front of the two teams before kick-off in tribute to Nelson Mandela, with applause around the stadium greeting it.
Chelsea v Steaua

Two minutes into the game, there was almost a positive start manufactured in Brazil but David Luiz didn't connect cleanly enough when Willian's corner dropped at his feet. Then Willian fed Oscar through the middle but his shot bent the wrong way and went wide.
Chelsea were quickly on top and Lampard blasted a ball from wide into the crowded goalmouth but didn't get the favourable touch he was seeking,
There was corner after corner in the opening stages, and it was Demba Ba who made one count after just nine minutes for his second Champions League goal of the season. Willian took it from the right and Oscar headed on towards the target, with Ba able to bundle it over the line having reacted better than Daniel Georgievski. There was a suspicion the Steaua defender might have scored himself which would have added to the own-goal he netted when the two teams met in Romania in October, but it was confirmed by UEFA as belonging to the Chelsea striker before half-time.
One goal to the good in the quest for top spot, Chelsea should have been punished by Gabriel Iancu soon after but the midfielder shot wide with only Schwarzer to beat, our defence having been opened up too easily by a simple pass down the middle.
Mikel was booked for pulling back Iancu inside the opening 20 minutes as the Romanian again slipped in goal-side, but from that point on until the interval, there was nothing more to worry about, apart from getting the insurance of a second goal given what had happened in recent games.
It took lightning reactions from Steaua keeper Tatarusanu to prevent Ivanovic celebrating his 50th Chelsea European game with a goal, when the right-back got a firm header onto a Hazard ball in.
Chelsea v Steaua
After a spell of midfield combat, Chelsea next advanced with a chip into the middle from Willian, much involved in this opening half, but Ba had strayed marginally offside. Then Lampard took a pop from 35 yards but cleared the bar by a couple.
Ba was again causing chaos inside the six-yard box on 37 minutes as another corner came in, but amongst the scramble the ref spotted a foul. Cole then warmed the keeper's hands on a chilly night with a grasscutter of a shot.
Second halfDan Petrescu, a hero for both sets of fans, was given a fitting reception as he was walked round the pitch at half-time as special guest, and it was a successor to the Chelsea no. 2 shirt, Ivanovic, who was booked soon after the restart for a late tackle. That looked a little harsh, unlike the card given to Georgievski moments later for sliding in on Cole.
Ba should have doubled the lead and his tally on 51 minutes as he ran onto Willian's good pass into the six-yard box, but half-volleyed over.
Two-thirds of the way through the game, Georgievski took his turn to win a contest with Ba as Hazard fired the ball in from wide from an attack started by Mikel. Ba was certainly getting into dangerous positions.
There was a low intensity to this half. The Blues tried to stretch the opposition by moving the ball wide when the chance was there, and Hazard headed over from close range after Schurrle, recently introduced into the action for Oscar, had caused panic in the Steaua defensive ranks.
Chelsea v Steaua
Schwarzer dealt comfortably with a Steaua shot from an angle soon after - the first opposition shot on target in four games that hadn't resulted in a goal. It was proving a gentle introduction to Champions League football for the Australian.
Ramires and Kevin De Bruyne were introduced in place of Mikel and Willian for the closing stages. The Belgian almost found Ba in front of the target but a sliding defender intervened, and then the Chelsea centre-forward had the ball in the net seconds later, only for the offside rule to frustrate him again.
Chelsea conceded our first corner of the night in stoppage time at the end. It was safely negotiated and the ref ended the match soon after.
With Schalke beating Basel in the other game in Group E, a draw at Stamford Bridge would have been enough for top spot but the win looked likely throughout tonight's match, and we will find out our next opponents in this competition when the draw is made on Monday.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1):Schwarzer; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel (Ramires 73), Lampard; Willian (De Bruyne 79), Oscar, Hazard; Ba.
Unused subs Cech, Cahill, Mata, Torres.
Scorer Ba 9.
Booked Mikel 19, Ivanovic 47.

Steaua (4-1-4-1):Tatarusanu; Georgievski, Szukala, Gardos, Latovlevici; Pintilii (c) (Tatu 63); Chipciu, Stanciu (Prepelita 60), Iancu, Pirvulescu; Kapetanos.
Unused subs Nita, Cristea, Neagu, Varela, Piovaccari.
Booked Georgievski 48, Latovlevici 78.

Referee
Gianluca Rocchi of Italy.
Crowd
41,181

Champions League Round of 16
Chelsea 1 v1  GalatasaryJohn Terry_Didier Drogba
Summary
The Blues go into the return leg in a strong position despite having to settle for a 1-1 draw in the Turk Telekom Arena, after Fernando Torres's early opener was cancelled out by Aurelien Chedjou's leveller midway through the second half.
Jose Mourinho's side dominated the first half and should have had more than just a one-goal advantage to show for our efforts at the break, which had come when Torres finished from close range following excellent build-up play between Andre Schurrle and Cesar Azpilicueta.
It was the Spanish striker's third goal in this season's competition, and he was unfortunate not to double his tally shortly after the break when he was denied by a smart stop from Fernando Muslera.
Galatasaray will feel their second-half improvement merited an equaliser, and though we go into the second leg all-square, the Blues, having scored a crucial away goal, will be confident of securing our progression.
Team news
 Mourinho made three changes to the side which secured a late win against Everton at the weekend. In midfield, Ramires came in for the ineligible Nemanja Matic, with John Mikel Obi starting on the bench. Schurrle was handed a first start since our FA Cup win over Stoke City in January, with Oscar dropping down to the bench, and Torres was chosen to lead the line.
Didier Drogba started against the Blues for the first time since leaving the club in 2012, the Ivorian operating as a lone striker. Other familiar names in the Galatasaray starting line-up included Felipe Melo, Wesley Sneijder and former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue.
First half
 Much of the pre-match build-up was dominated by Drogba facing the club he served so impressively over the course of eight years and, after greeting every member of the Blues' starting eleven with a warm embrace, he made a conscious effort to walk across to the far corner and acknowledge the travelling Chelsea supporters high up in the corner of the stand.
With the pleasantries completed, however, it was down to business, and it was the hosts who threatened first. Drogba picked the ball up deep inside Chelsea territory and his pass found Burak Yilmaz who had managed to get in behind Gary Cahill, but fortunately for the Blues he scuffed the cross, allowing us to clear.
Melo was lucky to escape caution after clattering through the back of Wilian moments later, but from Lampard's subsequent free-kick Drogba's header took the ball away from John Terry, with the skipper lurking ominously.
Two minutes later, however, we weren't to be denied as we took an early lead following a quick break.
Azpilicueta did well to dispossess Drogba and laid the ball inside to Schurrle; the German intelligently flicked it back into the path of the left-back, who had continued his run, and with plenty of time to look up he slid it across the face of the goal to an unmarked Torres who rolled the ball into an empty net.
Fernando Torres after scoring in Galatasaray
It was the perfect way to begin an away game in Europe, but Roberto Mancini, whose teams are renowned for their defensive discipline, will have been disappointed with the ease in which we were able to make the breakthrough.
It was a confident start by the Blues, with the attacking midfield trio enjoying plenty of time on the ball and looking threatening every time they advanced.
It took until just before the 20-minute mark for Galatasaray to register an attempt on goal; Sneijder's delivery from wide on the left was inviting but, with time to steady himself and take a touch, Yilmaz snatched at it and fired into the home supporters packed in behind the goal.
The Blues were unfortunate not to profit from a wonderful counter attack, started by a well-timed Willian challenge on the edge of our box, when Hazard looked to be clean through having latched on to a delightful slide-rule pass from the Brazilian. Chedjou, though, was able to use his strength to muscle the Belgian off the ball and the opportunity went begging.
Tactically, we'd started the game with Willian, rather than Hazard, operating through the middle, and Schurrle playing wide on the right, and the early signs were certainly promising, with the former Shakhtar Donetsk man making a number of crucial interceptions and launching quick breaks.
As the half-hour mark approached Mourinho would have been pleased with the manner in which his side had started the game. Ramires fired over the bar as we threatened again, arriving in the box to meet Schurrle's cross, with the bounce of the ball as it reached him making it difficult to keep the shot down.
Ramires in action against Galatasaray
Cech did well to divert a Yekta Kurtulus drive around the post as the Turkish outfit looked to rally before the interval, but it was Chelsea continuing to look the more likely, particularly on the break with the pace and trickery of Hazard.
In the final minute of the first half a wonderful opportunity to expend our lead went to waste, and it was a move which followed a similar pattern to the opening goal. Azpilicueta won the ball in our own half but, on this occasion, rather than exchanging passes with Schurrle, it was Hazard releasing the Spaniard. With more time on his side than he realised, however, he opted to come inside when he should have gone for goal and was eventually crowded out.
Second half
It was Galatasaray seeing more of the ball during the opening minutes of the second half, but from our first attack we almost doubled our lead.
Hazard pounced on a loose ball deep inside the home side's half, driving at the retreating defenders and, as they backed off, he threaded a brilliant ball in behind to Torres, who held off the challenge of Kertulus, only to be thwarted by a brilliant save from Muslera low down to his left.
The flow of the game was then broken up by four bookings in quick succession, with Schurrle, Ramires and Cech seeing yellow for the Blues, while Selcuk Inan was cautioned for a trip on Lampard.
Cesar Azpilicueta in action against Galatasaray
Galatasaray were slowly working themselves into the game, and they almost restored parity when Inan flicked a shot against the foot of the post from a Drogba knock-down.
A minute later, however, they were level. Drogba forced a corner off Ivanovic, and as the resulting kick was swung into the Chelsea penalty area, Chedjou arrived unchallenged to volley into the back of the net.
It was an equaliser which, in truth, flattered the hosts, but the warning signs had been there since the restart.
Galatasaray's goal prompted Mourinho to make two substitutions in the space of a couple of minutes, with Mikel replacing Schurrle as he looked to tighten up, and Samuel Eto'o introduced at the expense of Torres.
As an attacking unit we were struggling to reproduce the intensity in our game which the Turkish side had found so difficult to deal with in the first half and it was Mancini's side with their tails up.
Willian_Felipe Melo
Cech was forced into an excellent save to deny Alex Telles, whose strike looked destined for the top corner, and with 11 minutes left to play Drogba made way for Umut Bulut.
The Blues, for the first time in the second half, then began to retain possession and make their opponents chase the ball, but from a rare foray forward Mikel blasted high over the bar as we pressed for a winner.
At the other end, meanwhile, Terry produced a sound defensive header with Bulut threatening from a Sneijder cross.
As the final whistle sounded, Mourinho, while not ecstatic, will have been quietly satisfied with the result ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Hazard (Oscar 90), Schurrle (Mikel 66); Torres (Eto'o 68)
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Ba
Scorer Torres 9
Booked
Terry 41, Schurrle 56, Ramires 57, Cech 60
Galatasaray (4-2-3-1): Muslera; Eboue, Chedjou, Balta (Kaya), Telles; Melo, Inan (c); Hajrovic (Kurtulus 30), Yilmaz, Sneijder; Drogba (Bulut 79)
Unused substitutes: Ceylan, Gulselam, Colak, Sarioglu
Scorer Chedjou 65
Booked
Inan 56
Referee Carlos Carballo (Spain)

Champions League Round of 16
Chelsea 2 v 0 Galatasary agg (3-1)

Chelsea v  Galatasaray
SummaryThe passage to the last eight of this year's Champions League was a comfortable one.
Samuel Eto'o's 10th goal of the season, scored very early on, took almost all the tension out of the evening and by half-time the scoring was complete, Gary Cahill having slammed in the second.
Only the home side looked likely to find the net throughout and with Didier Drogba not allowed a true sight at goal by the exemplary Chelsea defence, Petr Cech was able to mark his 100th Champions League game with a clean sheet.
Team NewsEto'o returned as centre-forward and Frank Lampard came into the midfield in place of Nemanja Matic who is ineligible for Chelsea's Champions League campaign. The defence was unchanged for the sixth game running and there was the familiar three of Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard supporting the attack.
For Galatasaray, Yekta Kurtulus, who came on after half-an-hour of the first leg when the home side were struggling, started in midfield. Semih Kaya, a half-time substitute in Istanbul, was in defence.
First halfBefore kick-off there was the by-no-means small matter of a packed Stamford Bridge welcoming back Drogba.
He spontaneously ran to all sides of the ground to applaud the fans who began singing his name as a special presentation by chief executive Ron Gourlay was prepared. When it was handed to the Chelsea legend, his son Isaac was by his side.
Chelsea v  Galatasaray

The players returned to the dressing rooms after the warm-up but moments before kick-off Drogba ran the Chelsea dug-out to plant a kiss on the cheek of Jose Mourinho. An 'Always in our Hearts' banner was also on display high in one of the stands.
The action started with a late and painful block on Oscar just inside the Galatasaray half, but the referee decided against an early booking for midfielder Felipe Melo.
Chelsea kept possession from the free-kick, as we did patiently for most of the three minutes leading up to Eto'o's opener.
Hazard, once again, produced the moment of skill that made the difference, chesting down a ball and turning 180 degrees to leave Felipe Melo trailing and never able to recover. The ball was played wide to Oscar who aimed a diagonal pass to the spearhead of the attack. Eto'o took one touch wide of goal and then got enough purchase on his shot that the hand of Muslera, although making contact, couldn't prevent it rolling into the Shed End net. We were 2-1 ahead in the tie with less than five minutes played.
Chelsea v  Galatasaray

With 10 minutes gone, Eto'o was again showing up the Turkish rearguard - nipping past a feeble challenge from full-back Alex Telles - but when he tried to pick out a team-mate inside the six-yard box, the pass found a red and yellow shirt instead.
Drogba had his moments in the opening spell, eventually losing out to a muscular contest with Azpilicueta and Lampard out wide, and bicycle kicking over the goal with a typically ambitious effort.
There had been more tough challenges - Ramires needing treatment to his face already sporting a mask for a broken nose, and Azpilicueta also needing treatment after a collision. Felipe Melo earned the booking he perhaps should have had in the first minutes for an 18th-minute foul on Willian.
Eden Hazard up against Emmanuel Eboue always had promise for those who remember the Ivorian from his Arsenal days and so it proved with our Belgian frequently flying clear down the left. He fired one shot straight into the arms of Muslera.
Eto'o then fouled and was fouled himself moments later, and Wesley Sneijder was also on the receiving end, but the German ref was controlling the game sensibly at this stage and didn't wave unwarranted cards.
In between the frequent free-kicks, there were promising Chelsea advances, with space not hard to find against opposition who could ill-afford to park the bus.
John Terry, who had been superb at the back both defensively and in initiating moves, came the closet to scoring since the opening goal when he was first to a Lampard free-kick, but his left-foot volley cleared the bar by inches.
A flowing move involving Oscar, Hazard and Eto'o ended with Willian stabbing the ball at the keeper.
On 38 minutes, a Chelsea player was booked, Oscar for a challenge on Selcuk Inan that replays showed had won the ball. The Brazilian's next contribution was to win the corner from which the second goal was scored.
Bizarrely, the marking system adopted by Mancini's team allowed Terry a free run from the edge of the area at Lampard's delivery. The keeper did well enough to keep the header out, but was powerless to prevent Cahill joyously lashing in the rebound.
Chelsea v  Galatasaray
It was a great way for the defender to celebrate his 100th Chelsea game and the Bridge sang his name loud and clear. There were 42 minutes gone and barring a big change in the pattern of the game, the tie was surely all but over.
Second halfChelsea could have added to the lead in the opening couple of minutes. Hazard gave Eboue a break and instead tormented the opposite flank, forcing Semih Kaya to sit down with one run before opting to teeing up Oscar rather than shoot. Oscar was tackled. Willian then smashed a shot at the keeper after Lampard had burst through midfield.
There was a second questionable Chelsea booking on 57 minutes when Ivanovic appeared to stand his ground and Drogba collided with the Serbian's shoulder.
Lampard's header onto an Oscar cross was comfortable for the keeper, but Chelsea were continuing to make all the running without needing to be too urgent. Drogba was booked midway through the half for a foul from behind on Azpilicueta.
With a massive game against Arsenal to come at the weekend, the closing stages were unspectacularly but safely negotiated.
Chelsea v  Galatasaray
Oscar had a free-kick punched out by the keeper shortly before he was replaced by Andre Schurrle for the last 10 minutes. It needed a diving, one-hand save from Muslera to prevent Hazard joining the scorers and he then saved on the floor from Torres after a sublime backheel from the again excellent Hazard.
There was still time for one more chorus of 'Didier Drogba' round the ground and a Champions League debut for Tomas Kalas before the final whistle. Cech was called into rare action to gather a deflected shot.
At end, Drogba went first to applaud the Galatasaray fans before returning to the centre circle to acknowledge the Chelsea areas of the ground, full of those who had stayed to cheer him off and say thank you for those eight memorable years.
Chelsea v  Galatasaray
Chelsea will discover our quarter-final opponents when the draw is made at 11am UK time on Friday.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian (Kalas 90+2), Oscar (Schurrle 81), Hazard; Eto'o (Torres 85).
Unused subs Schwarzer, David Luiz, Mikel, Ba.
Scorers Eto'o 3, Cahill 42
Booked Oscar 40, Ivanovic 57
Galatasaray (4-1-2-1-2): Muslera; Eboue (Hajrovic 76), Chedjou, Kaya, Telles; Melo; Kurtulus (Balta 66), Inan (c); Sneijder; Yilmaz (Bulut 53), Drogba.
Unused subs Ceylan, Burdisso, Gulselam, Sarioglu.
Booked Melo 18, Drogba 67, Inan 90+1
Referee Felix Brych from Germany
Crowd 38,038

Champions League Q/Finals
1st. Leg. Wednesday 2nd. April

Paris St. - Germain 3 v 1 Chelsea
 
 Summary
An injury-time goal from Javier Pastore means we have a two-goal deficit to overhaul next week if we are to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ezequiel Lavezzi had thumped PSG ahead in the opening stages of an evenly-contested and end-to-end first period that ended level courtesy of a calm - what else - Eden Hazard penalty, won by Oscar.
Our hosts regained their lead with an hour played when an inswinging Lavezzi free-kick was turned into his own net by the unfortunate David Luiz, the quality of the delivery too much for defence and keeper alike.
It looked like both teams had settled for what would have been a fair result, but Pastore's late intervention leaves our European aspirations hanging in the balance.
Team News
Andre Schurrle was selected to lead the attack in place of Fernando Torres, one of three changes Mourinho made from Saturday's defeat at Crystal Palace. In the midst of his three-game domestic suspension, Ramires returned to midfield for his first outing since our 2-0 triumph over Galatasaray in this competition two weeks ago, replacing the ineligible Nemanja Matic. Paired alongside compatriot David Luiz in the 4-2-3-1 formation that had served the team so well in so many of our biggest match-ups this campaign, they were joined in the starting 11 by fellow Brazilians Oscar and Willian, the latter having not featured in our last two league games. Frank Lampard would have to wait until the second half for his 100th Champions League appearance.
For PSG there was a start at the heart of the defence for Alex, our former defender, while to his right Christophe Jallet was the man chosen to replace the injured Gregory van der Wiel. The dangerous attacking trio of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were as expected selected in attack.
First Half
Not 20 seconds had passed before PSG, roared on by a vociferous home support, threatened for the first time. Marco Verratti latched onto a half-cleared Chelsea clearance but his shot went well wide.
The respite proved temporary. Any hope we had heeded that very early warning proved wishful thinking with just three minutes of this two-legged tie on the clock. Matuidi crossed from the left and the backpedalling Terry could only direct his cleared header to the lurking Lavezzi. Ten yards from goal, the Italian chested and half-volleyed immaculately over Cech and in off the underside of the bar.
We responded strongly to the early setback in what was a truly frenetic opening quarter-of-an-hour. The Parisians showed early nerves of their own and that, coupled with decent Chelsea pressing, gave us some presentable possession in the final third. Andre Schurrle, predominantly deployed at the tip of the attack, dropped deeper and embarked on a strong, penetrating run that took him deep inside the Paris box but his dangerous-looking cutback was cleared by Verratti.
Ramires then slid through Lavezzi and was booked, ruling him out of Tuesday's return leg in London, and Alex also saw yellow for tripping our Brazilian no.7 as he glided past him.
David Luiz had our first shot in anger on 18 minutes having Cruyff-turned his way past Matuidi but it dribbled through to Sirigu. At the other end, Lavezzi raced on to a cute Ibrahimovic pass and for a moment looked like he had the beating of Gary Cahill. However our centre-back defended magnificently to ward him away from goal and when Lavezzi did shoot it was always destined for the safety of Petr Cech's side-netting.
Our approach play had looked tidy but had been short of a final killer touch. On 25 minutes, joyously, that decisive touch came. Willian scurried away down the right and shrugged off the attentions of Ibrahimovic before laying it into Oscar's path. Entering the box, he got there a fraction before Thiago Silva and was brought down by his international teammate. It was an easy decision for the Serbian referee.
Hazard, as cool as ever from the spot, sent Sirigu the wrong way. His first Chelsea penalty away from Stamford Bridge meant a valuable away goal was ours.
PSG v Chelsea
The entertainment kept coming on a balmy Paris evening. Lavezzi was proving a real thorn for our backline - just as he was in Naples two years ago - and certainly outshone his more revered colleagues Ibrahimovic and Cavani in the opening 45. Spinning and shooting inside the box, we could be grateful his next effort was close enough to Cech for our keeper to get down low to.
Then, a corner won as a result of Lavezzi's industry was missed by Cech, who had chosen punching as his preferred option for dealing with most of PSG's set-pieces. Thankfully, Ivanovic was on hand to clear our lines not far from goal.
The final clear opportunity of the half fell to Hazard. The brilliant Belgian had impressed on his return to the land where he made his name and nearly had a second goal to celebrate but his left-footed volley thudded against the far post, with Sirigu well-beaten. Willian's cross was a good one but it required the majesty of Hazard to create a genuine goalscoring chance from it.
PSG v Chelsea
PSG appealed for a penalty of their own just before the break when Cavani and Cahill simultaneously crumpled to the turf as a ball looped over their head. There seemed little intent on our player's behalf and that was the opinion of the man that mattered.
A match that had promised much was certainly living up to its billing.
Second Half
Lavezzi met a teasing Matuidi cross five minutes after the interval and perhaps should have done better with his header, executed with time and space aplenty, than only landing it on Cech's roof.
On the hour the advantage did swing back PSG's way, though. David Luiz gave away a soft free-kick wide on the left that was beautifully swung over by Lavezzi. Always destined for the far corner, it was first touched on by Ibrahimovic and then hit David Luiz very close to our goal-line. There was little he could have done to get out of the way and for the second time in five days we had conceded an own goal.
PSG v Chelsea
Hazard led the charge as we hunted a second equaliser straight away but he couldn't quite pick out the recently-introduced Fernando Torres. The Spaniard had replaced Schurrle.
Ibrahimovic was then hurt and thus forced off with 67 gone. That meant a more central role for Cavani who immediately wasted a promising PSG counter-attack, stumbling in possession as he threatened to shoot from 15 yards out. He did better with seven minutes remaining, slipping inside a couple of white-shirted players and bending just beyond Cech's far post.
In between those moments of danger Mourinho sent on Lampard for Oscar, meaning our all-time record goalscorer became the first man to reach a century of Chelsea Champions League games.
The closing stages were tight; both sides knowing a goal for the other could have a potentially decisive impact in the tie. In the third minute of added time a fourth goal did arrive though and devastatingly it went PSG's way. Pastore beat two Chelsea men close to the touchline, cut inside and then fired a shot past Cech, who will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post.
PSG v Chelsea
We have it all to do on Tuesday but if any team is capable of the special European comeback we require it is Chelsea.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Ramires; Willian, Oscar (Lampard 72), Hazard; Schurrle (Torres 59).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Kalas, Ake, Mikel, Ba.
Goal Hazard 26 pen
Bookings Ramires 12, Willian 32, David Luiz 85
Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Sirigu; Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva (c), Maxwell; Verratti (Cabaye 75), Thiago Motta, Matuidi; Cavani, Ibrahimovic (Lucas 68), Lavezzi (Pastore 84).
Unused subs Douchez, Marquinhos, Digne, Rabiot.
Goals Lavezzi 3, David Luiz own goal 61, Pastore 90+2
Bookings Alex 19, Thiago Motta 81, Cavani 85
Referee Milorad Mazic from Serbia
Crowd 45,517