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  • Date:19 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Kalou (1) Malouda (11)
    Drogba (29) Malouda (40)
Goal!

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92mins

Michael Essien takes a shot.

92mins

Centre by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

91mins

Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

90mins

A cross is delivered by David Vaughan.

89mins

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Blocked by Dekel Keinan.

88mins

The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Charlie Adam.

87mins

Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

85mins

The ball is delivered by Marlon Harewood.

83mins

The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

81mins

Michael Essien produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

79mins

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in. Short corner worked by Florent Malouda.

77mins

Handball decision goes against Salomon Kalou. Mikel goes off and Yossi Benayoun comes on. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

76mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

75mins

Ashley Cole takes a shot. Clearance made by Dekel Keinan.

74mins

Foul by Ian Evatt on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Yuri Zhirkov on for Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.

73mins

Charlie Adam challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.

71mins

Shot from inside the six-yard box by Marlon Harewood goes wide right of the goal. Jeffrey Bruma on for Alex.

69mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Salomon Kalou. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.

69mins

Header from close range by Brett Ormerod misses to the right of the goal.

69mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.

67mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Marlon Harewood. Mikel takes the free kick.

67mins

Salomon Kalou sends in a cross, clearance by Dekel Keinan. Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

66mins

Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

65mins

Didier Drogba produces a cross, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

65mins

The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, save by Petr Cech.

64mins

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

64mins

Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Dekel Keinan.

61mins

Elliot Grandin goes off and Marlon Harewood comes on. Brett Ormerod comes on in place of Luke Varney.

61mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post.

60mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

59mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, save made by Matthew Gilks.

57mins

A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, save by Matthew Gilks.

56mins

Charlie Adam fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

56mins

Dudley Campbell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

55mins

Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

55mins

Ian Evatt takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.

53mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Ramires. David Vaughan goes into the referee's book. Didier Drogba fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

53mins

A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, clearance by Paulo Ferreira.

52mins

Luke Varney produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

51mins

The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Ian Evatt.

49mins

Shot on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

49mins

Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

49mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

48mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

47mins

Long range shot by Charlie Adam goes wide right of the net.

47mins

Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner.

47mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.

46mins

Gary Taylor-Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neal Eardley.

45mins

Paulo Ferreira concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda played to the near post, Michael Essien has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

44mins

Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

44mins

The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

43mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Branislav Ivanovic. Strike on goal comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick.

42mins

Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Vaughan takes the free kick.

41mins

Florent Malouda fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool.Salomon Kalou provided the assist for the goal.

39mins

Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

38mins

The official flags Neal Eardley offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

38mins

The referee shows Neal Eardley a yellow card.

37mins

Foul by Didier Drogba on Elliot Grandin, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

36mins

Ashley Cole produces a cross, clearance by Dekel Keinan.

34mins

Short corner taken by Charlie Adam.

34mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey.

33mins

The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

32mins

Effort from 18 yards by Ashley Cole. Save by Matthew Gilks.

32mins

Salomon Kalou crosses the ball.

32mins

The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole.

31mins

Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, save made by Matthew Gilks.

30mins

Didier Drogba fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Blackpool.Assist by Ashley Cole.

29mins

The referee blows for offside against Salomon Kalou. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

28mins

A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira.

23mins

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, Dekel Keinan has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

23mins

Neal Eardley delivers the ball, clearance made by Didier Drogba.

22mins

Corner taken by Neal Eardley played to the near post, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

21mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

20mins

Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Paulo Ferreira, clearance by Dekel Keinan.

17mins

Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance by Alex.

16mins

Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

15mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Didier Drogba goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15mins

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, Alex manages to make a clearance.

15mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Close range header by Branislav Ivanovic goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14mins

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line played to the near post, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.

12mins

Centre by Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Didier Drogba.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Essien takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.

7mins

Effort on goal by Michael Essien from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

6mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Petr Cech makes a save.

6mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

1mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the left by-line to the near post, Goal scored by Salomon Kalou from close range high into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Blackpool.Branislav Ivanovic provided the assist for the goal.

The game kicks-off.

The match restarts for the second half.

The referee blows for half time.

The referee brings the game to a close.

Match Preview

Chelsea Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has not recovered from hernia surgery and will miss their game against Blackpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Lampard requires more work on his groin but could be fit enough for the Carling Cup clash against Newcastle next week.

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, who was suspended for the Champions League game against MSK Zilina in midweek, returns to the squad. Rested Ashley Cole is back in contention but right-back Jose Bosingwa remains out with a knee injury.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists his father's illness back home in Italy is not preventing him from focusing on his job at Stamford Bridge. The Italian returns home to see his father at every opportunity but, while he accepts it is sometimes emotionally difficult, he has a first-class support system - both at the club and back home.

"My father is not well," said Ancelotti. "He's an old man. When possible I have to go to Italy.

"Whenever possible, I fly back to Italy to see him. He has good support from my sister, so we don't have a problem for this reason.

"It's not difficult to keep my focus. I've spent a lot of time here and, when I'm not here, I have good support from my assistant.

"Everyone knows my situation. I don't have a problem managing the team for this reason. It's difficult, emotionally, when it's your father... but this is life. I have to do my best to stay close to him, but this is the life.

"If it's possible I will go back on Monday. But I will not miss the Carling Cup game against Newcastle next week. The flights are very regular from Gatwick to Bologna."

Gary Taylor-Fletcher is set to return for Blackpool. Taylor-Fletcher missed last weekend's victory at Newcastle with a calf problem but should be fit for the Seasiders' clash with the league leaders.

Alex Baptiste could also be back in action having been sidelined with a fractured hand. Blackpool manager Ian Holloway hopes his side have learned from their heavy defeat at Arsenal not to get star-struck when they take on Chelsea.

The Seasiders go to Stamford Bridge having been thrashed 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium on their previous visit to London last month. It was a chastening experience and one Holloway feels his team could suffer again if they let themselves become overawed by the stature of the players they are lining up against.

"What we've got to realise is that, yes, we are out there and if you get a bit star-struck you end up looking at the person who is taking you on, rather than just watching the ball and dealing with it," Holloway said.

"I felt we did that at Arsenal after the first goal went in. We were fine until then, but then all of a sudden we had let six in.

"I'm still proud of what we tried to do, but we got a lot wrong that day.

"We didn't get tight enough, we didn't get close enough and if we do those things again, it could be very similar on Sunday."

Formation:433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

Formation: 541Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

  • Petr Cech
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • Alex
  • Ashley Cole
  • Michael Essien
  • Mikel
  • Ramires
  • Salomon Kalou
  • Didier Drogba
  • Florent Malouda
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Yossi Benayoun
  • Yuri Zhirkov
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Nicolas Anelka
  • Jeffrey Bruma
  • Gael Kakuta

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Match Report

Chelsea moved four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 4-0 victory over new boys Blackpool at Stamford Bridge.

- Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool - As it happened

Chelsea destroyed Ian Holloway's side with four first-half goals - two from Florent Malouda and others from Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba.

Blackpool improved in the second half and Branislav Ivanovic had to clear off the line from DJ Campbell while substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher brought a fine save from Petr Cech.

It took just two minutes for Chelsea to take the lead when Drogba's corner was flicked on by Branislav Ivanovic and Kalou supplied the finish at the far post.

It was the Ivory Coast striker's fourth league goal of the season and Chelsea's 22nd in total so far this season.

Michael Essien almost made it two in the seventh minute but the midfielder's 20-yard shot was too high.

But Chelsea doubled their lead in the 12th minute when Kalou put Drogba clear of the Blackpool defence.

Instead of having a shot himself, Kalou's international team-mate chose to cross superbly for the unmarked Malouda to fire home his fifth goal of the season.

Branislav Ivanovic almost made it three seconds later but his header from a Malouda corner fell just wide of the upright.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced into his first save of the game in the 16th minute when he tipped a shot from Alex Baptiste around the post.

Chelsea made it 3-0 on the half-hour when Ashley Cole fed Drogba and the Ivory Coast striker's shot on the turn was deflected past Matthew Gilks. It was Drogba's fifth of the season.

Chelsea were now in rampant form and only some poor decision-making from Cole prevented Blackpool from falling further behind.

The England left-back should have made it four to the home side seconds after Drogba's goal but his cross-shot went wide of the far post.

In the 38th minute another Chelsea attack almost brought yet another goal.

Paulo Ferreira headed the ball into space for Kalou to collect but his cross was smashed wide by Malouda.

Another simple Chelsea move sliced Blackpool open in the 41st minute to make it 4-0 to the champions.

Drogba's ball over the top to Kalou was inch-perfect and he crossed for Malouda to fire into the bottom corner.

Gilks then thwarted Drogba in the 44th minute as the Chelsea forward looked to make it five.

Blackpool almost reduced the arrears in the 49th minute when DJ Campbell rounded Petr Cech but Ivanovic cleared the ball off the goal-line.

Moments later Luke Varney squandered a chance for the visitors when he volleyed over from eight yards.

Chelsea had lost the initiative and a 20-yard shot from Varney was deflected just over the bar as the visitors, for once, enjoyed the upper hand.

On the hour, substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher brought a fine save from Cech with a curling shot which was going in until the Czech Republic international tipped it over the bar.

Seconds later Holloway removed Elliott Grandin and Varney and replaced them with Brett Ormerod and Marlon Harewood.

But Chelsea squandered a chance to go five in front in the 63rd minute when Drogba put Kalou in the clear but a poor touch allowed Gilks to save his eventual shot.

Moments later a cross from Drogba was met by Malouda but the France international's far-post volley was tipped over by Gilks.

In the 66th minute, Malouda spurned another hat-trick chance by firing wide of the left-hand upright.

Essien sent a rising shot over the crossbar 10 minutes from time and Drogba did the same four minutes from time.

Form Guide

    WWWW
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Blackpool
  • WLDW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 06/03/1971
  • Blackpool
  • 3 - 4
  • Chelsea
  • 24/10/1970
  • Blackpool
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 27/03/1967
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 2
  • Blackpool
  • 24/03/1967
  • Blackpool
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 01/01/1966
  • Chelsea
  • 0 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 09/10/1965

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 4
  • D Drogba 3
  • S Kalou 3
  • N Anelka 2
  • M Essien 2
  • F Lampard 1
  • Y Benayoun 1

Blackpool

  • M Harewood 2
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 1
  • A Baptiste 1
  • L Varney 1
  • D Campbell 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 18
    • Goals per game 17
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackpool

    • Total goals 9
    • Goals per game 8
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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