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The referee brings the game to a close.
Michael Essien takes a shot.
Centre by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David Vaughan.
Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Blocked by Dekel Keinan.
The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Charlie Adam.
Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by Marlon Harewood.
The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
Michael Essien produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in. Short corner worked by Florent Malouda.
Handball decision goes against Salomon Kalou. Mikel goes off and Yossi Benayoun comes on. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
Ashley Cole takes a shot. Clearance made by Dekel Keinan.
Foul by Ian Evatt on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Yuri Zhirkov on for Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
Charlie Adam challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Marlon Harewood goes wide right of the goal. Jeffrey Bruma on for Alex.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Salomon Kalou. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.
Header from close range by Brett Ormerod misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Marlon Harewood. Mikel takes the free kick.
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.
Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Didier Drogba produces a cross, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, save by Petr Cech.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Dekel Keinan.
Elliot Grandin goes off and Marlon Harewood comes on. Brett Ormerod comes on in place of Luke Varney.
Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, save made by Matthew Gilks.
A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, save by Matthew Gilks.
Charlie Adam fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
Dudley Campbell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Ian Evatt takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
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.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, clearance by Paulo Ferreira.
Luke Varney produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Shot on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Didier Drogba takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Long range shot by Charlie Adam goes wide right of the net.
Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neal Eardley.
Paulo Ferreira concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
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.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
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.
Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Vaughan takes the free kick.
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.
Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
The official flags Neal Eardley offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
The referee shows Neal Eardley a yellow card.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Elliot Grandin, free kick awarded. Didier Drogba is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Ashley Cole produces a cross, clearance by Dekel Keinan.
Short corner taken by Charlie Adam.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Effort from 18 yards by Ashley Cole. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Salomon Kalou crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole.
Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, save made by Matthew Gilks.
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.
The referee blows for offside against Salomon Kalou. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira.
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.
Neal Eardley delivers the ball, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
Corner taken by Neal Eardley played to the near post, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
Effort on goal by Florent Malouda from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Paulo Ferreira, clearance by Dekel Keinan.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line, clearance by Alex.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Didier Drogba goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Neal Eardley sends in a cross, Alex manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, Close range header by Branislav Ivanovic goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line played to the near post, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.
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.
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.
Effort on goal by Michael Essien from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Petr Cech makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
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.
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."
Chelsea moved four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier
League with a comfortable 4-0 victory over new boys Blackpool at
- 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
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
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
In the 38th minute another Chelsea attack almost brought yet another
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
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
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.
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