Found April 11, 2013 on Top-soCCer:
Originally posted on Top-soccer.comTwo goals from Fernando Torres gave Chelsea a 3-1 advantage in the first leg against Rubin Kazan but they will need to guard against complacency if they are to reach the semifinals of the Europa League. The away goal, fortunate though it was through a very controversial penalty kick award, gives the Russians hope if they can put the Blues under pressure in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. A scrambled goal from the Spaniard after 16 minutes set Chelsea on their way at Stamford Bridge. A superb half volley by Victor Moses doubled their lead before they were pegged back by Natcho’s penalty. Torres teamed up with Juan Mata to head home a vital third goal after 70 minutes to give the Blues some breathing space ahead of the return leg. Chelsea’s last visit to the Luzhniki Stadium ended in defeat when they played Manchester United in the Champions League final in 2008. The Londoners will also have one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley aga...

Mata confident of top-four spot

Juan Mata is "really sure" Chelsea will secure a Champions League spot this season but is for now looking forward to another Wembley visit. Mata has flourished in his second year at Stamford Bridge, but his fine form has come against a backdrop of managerial disharmony and inconsistent league form. Although they face Manchester City in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at...

Top 10 Defenders in the Premier League

Originally posted on Top-soccer.comLeighton Baines 30 appearances Leighton Baines has come a long way from his Wigan days to where he now challenges Ashley Cole for the England left back shirt. Known for his buccaneering runs down the left, Baines is one of the most talented crossers of the ball and it comes as no surprise that he dominates the set pieces for Everton. As such, he...

Blues defender Cahill has operation

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has had a knee operation, Rafael Benitez has revealed, but the interim manager is confident of a swift return. The 27-year-old center-back withdrew from England duty ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro last month with the problem and required surgery. Cahill has not played since suffering the injury in the Barclays Premier...

Kiernan parts ways with Dons

Ryan Bertrand is to miss Chelsea's Europa League quarter-final second leg with Rubin Kazan (kick-off 5pm) after missing the trip to Russia due to illness. The Blues, last season's Champions League winners, confirmed on Twitter that the 23-year-old understudy to Ashley Cole did not travel to Moscow on Wednesday. "Not travelling is Ryan Bertrand, who is ill, and injured...

Chelsea remain only EPL team on the European stage

Rubin Kazan 3-2 Chelsea (4-5 on aggregate) Basel 2-2 Tottenham 4-1 pk’s (4-4 on aggregate) Newcastle 1-1 Benfica (2-4 on aggregate) Managers reactions: Chelsea Rafael Benitez On the performance ‘I’m disappointed because we didn’t defend well in the second half but we go through and I’m really pleased with the team and the effort, the players gave everything on the pitch...
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