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The full-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and it's a celebratory atmosphere as Chelsea have sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Valencia! A brace from Didier Drogba and a strike from Ramires have ensured their side's progression! Thanks for joining us.
Ivanovic chests a high ball back to his keeper, showing good composure at the back post.
The first of three added minutes is played out by the hosts inside the Valencia half with the visitors sitting very deep.
Luiz does superbly to shepherd the ball out of play as Aduriz slides a through ball down the line intended for Soldado.
Romeu brings the ball forward with greater freedom than he has allowed himself thus far, before Sturridge blasts a wild shot over the bar.
Ivanovic is penalised for a challenge on Jonas, but Valencia have no urgency any more.
Valencia enjoy a period of comfortable pressure in their own half, and Chelsea are happy for them to do so.
A streaker comes onto the field, and Villas-Boas takes the opportunity to beckon Romeu over and give him a tactical briefing.
There has been a second goal in the other match in Group E as Leverkusen have equalised, but Chelsea will still top the table as things currently stand.
Mata departs to another standing ovation as Florent Malouda comes on, and it's another superb display from the former Valencia man.
It's a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge now as every pass is cheered to the rafters.
Valencia build from the back, and the Spanish side are pretty despondent now as they look to simply kill time.
Villas-Boas continues to look very animated on the touchline, and he exchanges a joke with Frank Lampard to lighten the mood.
Drogba is almost immediately replaced by Fernando Torres as the Ivorian departs to a standing ovation!
GOAL!!!!! DROGBA SCORES! It's the goal which surely puts Chelsea through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Mata slips a sublime through ball into the path of Drogba, who finishes with consummate ease past Alves to double his tally!
Chelsea are enjoying a good spell of possession in midfield, and Valencia look very subdued.
What a chance for Drogba! Sturridge lumps a long ball upfield to Drogba, who forces his way past Rami with a powerful run, but he cannot keep his composure to finish as he drags a tame shot wide of the far post!
STAT: No side have attempted more shots on target than Chelsea (48) in the Champions League so far this season.
Mata and Meireles keep the ball in midfield to good effect, and the home fans are really getting behind their side.
Drogba forces his way down the right with another powerful run, but he is penalised for a little tug on Ruiz.
Mata is fouled by Costa, and he is booked for his protestations. Drogba looks to be tiring slightly, but is playing superbly.
Romeu is aghast as he is booked for a very good tackle, taking the ball off Costa, and that is pretty strange.
Pablo Hernandez comes on for Valencia as Feghouli makes way, while Ramires comes off for Chelsea and Mikel comes on.
Both sides look set to make a change pretty imminently, and Mikel will be coming on for Chelsea.
What a save from Cech! Feghouli surges forward and lashes a fierce drive towards the far corner of the net, but the Chelsea goalkeeper dives full length to his left to save!
Costa whips over a corner from the left, but Chelsea clear superbly through the excellent Romeu, who has grown into this match.
Valencia stroke the ball around at the back as Emery implores his side to press further up the field.
Ramires produces another lung-busting run on the counter attack, but Sturridge is outnumbered as he miscontrols the through ball.
Luiz shows terrific composure to dispossess Jonas and clip a long ball down the line for the hard-working Drogba.
Ramires looks to slip in a through ball for Drogba, but the forward strays offside as he charges in behind Ruiz.
Feghouli fouls Meireles on halfway, and Chelsea can build from deep and have some respite.
A superb inswinging delivery from Costa causes havoc in the box, but Cech punches clear before Feghouli drives a shot wide.
What a run from Sturridge! It's another superb run from the forward down the right as he powers to the byline, but again he opts to shoot with Mata screaming for the ball and Alves saves.
Aritz Aduriz comes on for Valencia as Emery looks to give the anonymous and outnumbered Soldado some support in attack. Alba is surprisingly the man to make way.
Roberto Soldado has the best minutes per goal ratio in the Champions League era (one goal every 79 minutes), but has yet to make any impression so far this evening.
Unai Emery looks very agitated on the touchline as he looks to force his side to play with greater urgency.
A long ball from Terry is almost gathered by Ramires, who suddenly strides forward as a makeshift forward, but Barragan keeps his composure to clear.
Villas-Boas urges his side to play with a faster tempo, and Ramires is the man for that injection of energy and pace.
Drogba takes it after a long discussion between him, Luiz and Mata, and he blasts it wide of the near post with power but no accuracy.
Albelda blocks Sturridge rather cynically as the forward breaks clear from 30 yards out, and this free kick looks to be being lined up by Luiz...
Chelsea let the lead slip in their last two UEFA Champions League games and Villas-Boas will no doubt have preached caution and concentration for this second half.
The second half is underway, and it will have been a relatively calm Chelsea dressing room which not many people would have anticipated.
Carlos says: "I hope Chelsea will win, but I still think Valencia can bounce back unless Chelsea scores one more which would be game over." Ben Davies is delighted that Chelsea are now topping the group and cannot believe how much worry preceded this match for nothing. Chef Boy, meanwhile, believes Chelsea will win 4-2 as long as Drogba and Sturridge play the full 90 minutes. Thanks for your comments.
The half-time whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea lead Valencia 2-0 courtesy of goals from Didier Drogba and Ramires! What a supremely confident performance it has been so far from Villas-Boas's side. Can Valencia force their way back into this match, or will Chelsea progress comfortably?
Feghouli fouls Cole, and there will be just one minute of added time at the end of this first half.
Valencia, responding to Chelsea's deep defending, are holding a very high line at the moment making them susceptible to the counterattack which Ramires looks to ignite.
Cole holds his face after being caught by Barragan, and play is held up for a few seconds as he checks it over.
Mata fouls Soldado after another period of sustained pressure, and Valencia can build from deep inside their own half.
Valencia have enjoyed a lot of possession, but Chelsea look the more threatening on the counter attack.
Romeu does superbly to break up a swift Valencia break with a sliding challenge on the edge of the Chelsea box.
Costa and Mathieu dictate the play from midfield, before Ivanovic concedes a corner from Barragan's cross.
Soldado is yet to make any real impression on the game, and Terry and Luiz have ensured that he has been very subdued thus far.
Meireles shows real composure in bringing a high ball down on the edge of the Chelsea box and playing the ball out from the back.
Sturridge and Alba continue to mark each other as the play goes down that flank almost exclusively.
Ramires loses the ball to Alba outwide on the Chelsea right, and the Brazilian is everywhere at the moment as his energy propels the hosts forward.
Meireles gives the ball away sloppily to Barragan, and Genk have scored against Leverkusen! That means Chelsea would win the group...
Feghouli gets to the left byline with a superb run, but he slips having created space for himself, and he rather comically gifts possession back to Chelsea.
STAT: Valencia have won none of their last seven Champions League matches against English clubs (D4, L3).
Tino Costa again powers forward from deep, but he takes on a hugely ambitious, speculative effort from range and slices it well wide.
Villas-Boas was absolutely furious with Sturridge there for not cutting the ball back to his team-mate, and Alves was afforded a comfortable save.
What a run from Sturridge! The forward breaks clear down the right with a very powerful run, but he opts to shoot from an acute angle instead of pulling the ball back for the onrushing Ramires!
Andrew Head simply Tweets: "Chelsea can't let Drogba go." He has been absolutely superb so far this evening: imposing, direct, determined and threatening.
Costa whips over the corner, and it is Mata who heads clear as Ramires keeps the ball for Chelsea.
Alba does very well to win a corner with a sharp run down the left and a cross which Ivanovic blocks and turns behind.
The onus is now firmly on Valencia to dictate the play and the Spaniards have really struggled thus far to test this Chelsea back four.
Feghouli cuts inside and fires a snap shot on target, but Cech is equal to it and gathers comfortably.
Chelsea are extremely buoyant now, and the home fans are in raptures as the tension is further lifted from the situation.
GOAL!!!!! RAMIRES MAKES IT TWO!! Drogba produces an inspired run from deep inside his own half to take the ball forward and slide a through ball into the path of Ramires which Ruiz really should clear, but he dallies crucially and the Brazilian nips in to score his fifth of the season!
Oriol Romeu makes an important interception from the feet of Jonas before gifting possession back to the hosts. It's been a nervy start from the 20-year-old.
Valencia clear the corner with ease, before Feghouli fouls Meireles rather impetuously on halfway as Chelsea have another set piece to take control of proceedings.
Mata eventually steps up to take the set piece, and his effort is deflected rather tamely out for a corner as it strikes the Valencia wall. Mata will take this too...
Costa fouls Meireles inside the Valencia half, and Chelsea have another dangerous free kick which a host of players stand over...
Alba and Sturridge are engaged in a thrilling battle and the Chelsea forward is shading it at the moment.
Mathieu maraudes down the left, but Ivanovic does very well to hold him up, and he has to play back inside as the move slows down considerably.
Chelsea have taken the lead in each of their UEFA Champions League group stage matches this season, but can they keep it tight at the back this evening?
Albelda fouls the rampaging Ramires as the Chelsea midfielder wins a free kick 30 yards out, and that was a superb run. /// Luc has Tweeted to say: "Moments like this make me wonder why Chelsea would want to sell a striker like Drogba. Keep him for at least another year." What do others think?
STAT: Chelsea have never lost a Champions League game against Valencia, but have won only two of these encounters (three draws).
Villas-Boas is extremely animated on the touchline as he frantically gestures towards his back four, and Chelsea press forward.
Cole and Mata combine superbly to keep the ball down the left and bring it forward into the Valencia half, but eventually Mathieu clears.
A long ball from Ivanovic almost sees Sturridge race through on goal, but Rami sweeps up superbly to alleviate the danger.
Chelsea continue to look vulnerable against set pieces, and Valencia ensure that they are quickly back in possession.
What a strike from Albelda! The midfielder and Valencia skipper unleashes a ferocious drive from 25 yards which forces Cech into a magnificent save to his right!
Albelda and Costa are keeping the ball superbly at the moment, and Chelsea are content to simply sit deep and hold their shape.
Valencia continue to keep the ball superbly, and the visitors have dominated since going a goal behind.
STAT: Five of Chelsea’s last six Champions League encounters with Spanish sides have ended in a draw.
Alba hits the post! Sturridge is caught out at the other end of the field as Alba gets in behind him and rattles the near post with a rasping strike with Cech comprehensively beaten - that's a real let off!
What a start for Chelsea, and the hosts are buoyant as some of the early tension is lifted as a result of that goal.
GOAL!!!!!! DROGBA SCORES FOR CHELSEA! Sturridge finds Mata with a raking diagonal pass out to the left byline, and his cut back finds Drogba who jinks inside Barragan and fires a low shot beyond Alves!
Sturridge dispossesses Alba superbly on halfway before finding Drogba, and he lays the ball off to the onrushing Mata who drives a low shot on target to force Alves into making the first save of the match!
Soldado and Jonas keep the ball in the Chelsea half, before the hosts force their visitors back and Barragan holds possession at the back.
The first half is underway at Stamford Bridge, and the home fans are in good voice despite there being a palpable sense of anxiety and tension around the ground.
Right, it's time for you all to post your pre-match predictions ahead of tonight's kick-off... what do you think the scoreline will be? Who will get on the scoresheet?
Chelsea's midfield trio of Ramires, Oriol Romeu and Raul Meireles is not the most adventurous, it is fair to say. Do you all think there is the right balance in the midfield for Chelsea to ensure their progression? Meanwhile, Luiz and Terry will have their work cut out containing Soldado, who according to many pundits is "literally on fire!"...
Chelsea have never exited the competition this early, something of which manager Andre Villas-Boas hardly needs reminding. "We just have ourselves to blame," said the Portuguese coach, whose team have three times relinquished points when they had led the game in this European campaign. "During this campaign of five games we have done pretty well in terms of performances but the small details have run away from us in the last few minutes."
Whoever wins will progress, with the losing side finishing third. A score draw will be enough for Valencia while a goalless result will take Chelsea through unless Leverkusen lose.
Experience is key, according to Daniel Sturridge: "They (Chelsea teammates) have played in World Cup semi-finals and Champions League finals so playing a game like this doesn't make any difference, they're well prepared and it doesn't change."
Andre Villas-Boas has urged Chelsea fans to recreate the spirit of the club's famous 4-2 victory over Barcelona in tonight's do-or-die clash. The 34-year-old, who was part of Jose Mourinho's backroom team when Chelsea knocked out Barcelona six years ago, said: "They can have a massive impact. They will have to unite themselves. I have good memories of top European nights at this club, and I know the atmosphere can be raised here, just like we did in the 4-2 against Barcelona."
A goalless draw would probably be good enough for Chelsea, but a decision here or there could make it very dangerous for the hosts if they play conservatively. The referee is Gianluca Rocchi of Italy.
Frank Lampard missed a penalty at Newcastle at the weekend and was later substituted before the hour mark. Tonight Villas-Boas has left the midfielder on the bench alongside Fernando Torres and Florent Malouda. What does everyone make of that decision?
THE TEAMS ARE IN! Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Terry, Romeu, Ramires, Meireles, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Lampard, Mikel, Malouda, Torres, Kalou. /// Valencia: Alves, Rami, Barragan, Alba, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Feghouli, Costa, Jonas, Soldado. Subs: Guaita, Dealbert, Topal, Hernández, Parejo, Aduriz, Piatti.
TEAM NEWS: Jose Bosingwa was the only injury absentee as Chelsea trained ahead of their all-or-nothing Champions League clash against Valencia. Bosingwa - who has lost his place at right-back in recent weeks after a succession of erratic defensive displays - sat out Monday morning's session due to an adductor strain. The 29-year-old is unlikely to start Tuesday night's final Group E game anyway, with Branislav Ivanovic set to keep him out of the side.
As expected, neither Nicolas Anelka or Alex trained with their team-mates, having been banished from the first-team squad after submitting transfer requests. Both look set to leave next month, which could be a busy one at Stamford Bridge if reports are to be believed. Sofiane Feghouli, Jonas and Roberto Soldado were rested during the 2-1 Liga win over Espanyol, but should feature. Victor Ruiz is unlikely to be fit with Angel Dealbert ready to continue.
Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group E tie between Chelsea and Valencia at Stamford Bridge. We'll have the teams in full for you very soon, but it has been confirmed that Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres are on the bench for Chelsea! What do you make of that?
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