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Chelsea 0 FC Copenhagen 0 (agg 2-0): Blues book place in Champions League quarter-final

18 Mar 2011 01:29:14

Chelsea 0 FC Copenhagen 0 (agg 2-0): Blues book place in Champions League quarter-final

Chelsea negotiated the first anniversary of Jose's Revenge with their European dream in one piece and for that Carlo Ancelotti will be thankful. On this day last year, Ancelotti was dealing with the debris of a premature Champions League exit at the hands of Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan. Having a go: Fernando Torres has a shot on goal after coming on as substitute It was a painful defeat for the Italian, a man of AC Milan stock against one of his bitterest rivals and it sparked crisis meetings at Chelsea. This year the first knock-out round proved a more enjoyable experience for Ancelotti, even if his team did make a meal of last night's second leg against Copenhagen. They wasted chances galore but became the third Barclays Premier League team through to tomorrow's draw for the quarter finals. 'Last year we were crying at this moment and today we are happy,' said Ancelotti. 'We have to go for a fantastic party.' Aside from the mediocre display of finishing, Ancelotti can be satisfied, as can Fabio Capello, who was at Stamford Bridge to check on John Terry, the man he plans to reinstate as England captain for next Saturday's game against Wales and beyond. Terry gave Capello no reason to doubt his decision and left the pitch thumping his chest in pride as Chelsea fans sang: 'One England captain'. His task was to keep complacency at bay and he completed it, even if there were a couple of jittery moments. Keeping the ball: Yuri Zhirkov (left) holds off Copenhagen's Claudemir Dame N'Doye curled a free-kick over the defensive wall and hit a post in the first half. But for a turn of the head, Petr Cech did not move. The Danes also had decent opportunities late on but failed to transform them into shots. The rest of the game was a procession of Chelsea chances, easily created and then readily wasted. With Sunday's Dame N'Doye curled a free-kick over the defensive wall and hit a post in the first half. But for a turn of the head, Petr Cech did not move. The Danes also had decent opportunities late on but failed to transform them into shots. The rest of the game was a procession of Chelsea chances, easily created and then readily wasted. With Sunday's game against Manchester City in mind, Ancelotti started with Fernando Torres on the bench and sent him on for the last 22 minutes to replace Nicolas Anelka. It was a switch cheered by the crowd but it did not impress Anelka, who scowled his way off and could barely bring himself to accept his manager's hand on the touchline. Torres almost struck within seconds with a deflected effort, which drifted just wide, and went close again but the ?50million striker could not break his Chelsea duck. Ancelotti will not complain if the Spaniard saves his goals for later in the competition. Perhaps against Mourinho's Real Madrid who also progressed last night. Carlo's Revenge? Pure power: Chelsea star Didier Drogba takes on William Kvist 'Our squad is strong enough to win it,' said the Chelsea manager. 'The players are fit and fresh because they have been asleep for two months. The feeling is good. We have to wait for the draw. Barcelona is the most dangerous team but we are calm and we are quiet.' Copenhagen's charismatic boss Stale Solbakken believes Chelsea are one of the few teams with the muscle to overpower Barca, although they will have to address their shooting if they are to win the European Cup for the first time. MATCH FACTS Chelsea (4-4-2): Cech 6; Bosingwa 6, Ivanovic 6, Terry 7, Cole 7; Ramires 8, Lampard 6, Mikel 6 (Essien 84min), Zhirkov 7 (Malouda 76); Drogba 6, Anelka 5 (Torres 68, 6). Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Kalou, McEachran. Booked: Drogba. Copenhagen (4-4-2): Wiland 7; Wendt 6, Jorgensen 6, Antonsson 7, Bengtsson 6 (Zohore 61, 6); Bolanos 6 (Kristensen 90), Claudemir 6, Kvist 6, Vingaard 7 (Santin 74, 6); N'Doye 6, Gronkjaer 6. Subs not used: Christensen, Bergvold, Hooiveld, Delaney. Booked: Claudemir, Kvist, Bolanos. Man of the match: Ramires. Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) 7. One positive for Ancelotti was Didier Drogba, who looked more mobile and energetic than he has in weeks since contracting malaria. The Ivory Coast striker threaded an intricate pass inside right back Oscar Wendt to find Ashley Cole, early in the game, only for the England left back to set the tone by crashing the ball into the sidenetting from an impossible angle. In front of goal, Drogba misfired like his team-mates, sweeping his best chance wide early in the second half and he was booked as his irritation boiled over. The caution may return to haunt him. Anelka had supplied the clinical touch in the first leg in Denmark, scoring both in the 2-0 win, and thought he had killed the tie midway through the first half. Moving on to a pass from Zhirkov, he took his shot early, trying to poke it low past the goalkeeper but Johan Wiland dropped a left-hand on to the ball and jammed it into the ground. John Mikel Obi went closest, with a header against the bar after a corner by Frank Lampard. As frustration increased, Ancelotti's patience frayed. He snatched the ball as it bounced into touch, tucked it under an arm and argued with the fourth official about the award of a throw-in. By the end, he was more relaxed and able to joke about a pre-match bust-up with Torres. 'He was very upset because he wanted to play,' said Ancelotti. 'We had a big argument before the game. He took his shirt and put it on the peg where the team sits. It was an unbelievable situation.' He laughed as he added: 'You can believe it if you want.'  HOW THE DRAW SHAPES UP  That's my boy: Capello sees Terry lead Chelsea into Champions League last eightSwansea want Chelsea striker Fabio Borini on loan to power promotion pushChelsea v Copenhagen - All the action from Stamford Bridge as it happenedAll the latest Chelsea news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka, Carlo Ancelotti, Petr Cech, Fabio Capello, Jose Mourinho, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole Places: Copenhagen, Barcelona, United Kingdom, Denmark, Wales, Norway


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