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Fraizer Campbell challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Centre by Jordon Mutch.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Shot by David Luiz went harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Fraizer Campbell, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Ben Turner.
The ball is delivered by Andrew Taylor.
Clearance made by Ben Turner.
Ben Turner gets a header at goal.
The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.
Emboaba Oscar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine delivers the ball.
Jordon Mutch takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick.
Shot by Fraizer Campbell. John Terry gets a block in.
Eden Hazard slots the ball right footed into the goal. Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff.Frank Lampard provided the assist for the goal.
A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Aron Gunnarsson leaves the field to be replaced by Rudy Gestede.
Da Silva Willian takes a shot. David Marshall parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
Emboaba Oscar scores with their right foot. Chelsea 3-1 Cardiff.Nascimento Ramires provided the assist for the goal.
Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.
Clearance by David Luiz.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Clearance by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal. Steven Caulker gets a block in.
Clearance made by David Luiz.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by David Luiz.
Samuel Eto'o leaves the field to be replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Fraizer Campbell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Odemwingie.
Samuel Eto'o scores with a right foot finish. Chelsea 2-1 Cardiff.Assist by Eden Hazard.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard.
Corner taken by da Silva Willian from the right by-line.
Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Bertrand.
David Marshall takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Samuel Eto'o.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samuel Eto'o.
Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
Peter Whittingham produces a cross.
Emboaba Oscar on for Juan Mata.
Gary Medel leaves the field to be replaced by Bo-Kyung Kim.
Clearance by Don Cowie.
The ball is crossed by Nascimento Ramires.
David Marshall receives a yellow card.
John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Eden Hazard crosses the ball.
Jordon Mutch fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick.
Ryan Bertrand manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Samuel Eto'o. David Marshall safely holds on.
The match restarts for the second half.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Foul by Don Cowie on Juan Mata, free kick awarded.
Eden Hazard has an effort at goal. David Marshall blocks the ball.
Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by David Luiz.
David Luiz challenges Aron Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Jordon Mutch.
The assistant referee signals for offside against da Silva Willian.
Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Juan Mata.
Gary Medel manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
Eden Hazard scores a right footed goal. Chelsea 1-1 Cardiff.The assist for the goal came from Samuel Eto'o.
Shot by Juan Mata. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Frank Lampard.
Clearance made by Gary Medel.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Nascimento Ramires challenges Peter Whittingham unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Frank Lampard.
Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Bertrand on Peter Odemwingie.
The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic.
The ball is swung over by Branislav Ivanovic.
The ball is swung over by Juan Mata.
Corner taken by Don Cowie.
Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
John Terry challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Juan Mata.
Da Silva Willian sends in a cross.
Header at goal by John Terry misses to the right.
Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
A cross is delivered by Juan Mata.
The ball is delivered by Jordon Mutch.
Jordon Mutch scores a right footed goal. Chelsea 0-1 Cardiff.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Foul by Gary Medel on Samuel Eto'o, free kick awarded.
David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie.
The match has kicked off.
Mourinho hails Cech as world's best
Jose Mourinho hailed Petr Cech as the world's number one goalkeeper on Friday ahead of the Czech Republic stopper's 300th Barclays Premier League match for the Blues.
The 31-year-old joined from Rennes in 2004 and displaced Carlo Cudicini, who the previous season was voted Chelsea's player of the year, to make his debut in the opening match of Mourinho's tenure against Manchester United.
"Petr came here very, very young and immediately, first game of the season, Chelsea-Man United, clean sheet," said Mourinho, ahead of Saturday's match with Cardiff.
"The book is full of clean sheets and the guy is fantastic. His work ethic is amazing. I think he's a very young goalkeeper."
Mourinho's belief that Cech has years ahead of him as a top-level goalkeeper means he is prepared for a quandary at the end of the campaign.
Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois is currently on his third season-long loan spell at Atletico Madrid and has attracted overtures from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old Courtois joined from Genk on a five-year deal in 2011 and has two years left on his contract come the end of the season.
Mourinho, for now, is relaxed about the upcoming decision.
"In this moment I don't think about it," the Portuguese said.
"It's a good decision. We have the best goalkeeper in the world and the best young goalkeeper in the world.
"I don't think many people disagree with me. If somebody disagrees it will not be by far.
"It's a very good problem. Our goal is safe and financially we are also very safe because their value in the market is the value of the best."
As for the prospect of one of the goalkeepers leaving, Mourinho added: "We control the situation. Not Barcelona. Not Atletico. Not another team that can be interested in one of our goalkeepers.
"We don't have a problem. Teams with a problem are teams without good goalkeepers."
Cech has spent the majority of his Chelsea career behind a defence which has included John Terry, unless the captain has been injured or suspended.
Terry has endured a turbulent time since Mourinho's 2007 departure - the Anton Ferdinand racism row, twice losing the England captaincy, injury and missing a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final - but the Portuguese believes he is nearing a return to his best.
"I never said that I saved his career," Mourinho said.
"I was in Italy, I was in Spain, always with an eye for Chelsea, especially my ex players. I was questioning myself what is happening, why he was not performing.
"It was a question mark for me when I arrived but since the beginning I've found him in very good condition.
"He's recovering his self-esteem, he's recovering the feeling of being an important player for the team, which is a feeling that he lost in the last couple of years.
"That's good for him, that's good for me."
Fernando Torres is available again following a knee injury, but Ashley Cole (ribs) and Andre Schurrle (leg) are out and doubtful for Tuesday's Champions League match at Schalke.
Malky Mackay is keen to draw a line under recent events at Cardiff, but there remains no explanation for the the removal of Iain Moody as his head of recruitment.
Moody, who had worked with Mackay at Watford, has been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis.
Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's son and appears to have no previous experience in football.
It has been suggested that a transfer budget overspend during the summer, when the club spent more than #30million bringing in the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Andreas Cornelius and Peter Odemwingie, had been behind Moody's exit.
Cardiff boss Mackay refuted those claims, despite Tan's claim of a #15million overspend, and reports he had been asked to resign.
But he was not prepared to state just why he is no longer working with one of his most-trusted aides, although his agent had stated the Scot was prepared to do just that earlier this week.
Mackay would also not comment on whether he had had any dealings with Apsalyamov, during a tense press conference where, after answering initial questions on off-field matters, he made it clear he would only answer further questions related to Saturday's game against Chelsea.
"Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned. He has done a very impressive job for the football club," said Mackay, who also apologised to the club's fans over the spotlight Moody's departure has cast on the Bluebirds.
"In one of the periods of success at the football club, which we have been in over the last two and a half years, he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad.
"He helped bring in more than 20-odd players and he is someone who had a huge part to play in the current success, who will be missed by everyone who works for out football club.
"He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone's huge gain.
"One thing I would clarify, as I have read a few things over the past couple of weeks, is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. I want to clarify that. That is what I have to say about Iain.
"As far as I am concerned, again for clarification, under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club."
Striker Andreas Cornelius remains the only injury absentee for Mackay.
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