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The referee brings the game to a close.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal. Adrian parries the effort to safety.
Adrian Adrian restarts play with the free kick.
Demba Ba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adrian.
Shot by Eden Hazard. Parried by Adrian back into danger.
Clearance made by James Collins.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line.
James Collins makes a clearance.
Nascimento Ramires delivers the ball.
Corner taken short by Frank Lampard.
Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Matic.
Nemanja Matic makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Nascimento Ramires.
Shot by Frank Lampard. Blocked by Matthew Taylor.
Centre by Nascimento Ramires.
Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Nascimento Ramires goes into the referee's book for dissent.
Corner taken by da Silva Willian from the right by-line.
Unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by James Tomkins results in a free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Samuel Eto'o.
Free kick taken by Adrian Adrian.
Antonio Nocerino is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan.
Demba Ba replaces Emboaba Oscar.
Samuel Eto'o concedes a free kick for a foul on Guy Demel.
Nascimento Ramires crosses the ball.
Corner from the left by-line taken by da Silva Willian.
Emboaba Oscar crosses the ball.
Kevin Nolan is booked.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill.
Emboaba Oscar takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Taylor.
The ball is swung over by Nascimento Ramires.
Adrian Adrian takes the free kick.
Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
James Tomkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill.
Stewart Downing fouled by Nascimento Ramires, the ref awards a free kick.
Eden Hazard has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Branislav Ivanovic.
Joey O'Brien fouled by Nascimento Ramires, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance by James Collins.
Andy Carroll goes off and Carlton Cole comes on.
Cesar Azpilicueta leaves the field to be replaced by Frank Lampard.
Nemanja Matic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikel.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick.
Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel has an effort at goal. Adrian makes a block.
Samuel Eto'o takes a shot. Matthew Taylor gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Carroll on Gary Cahill.
Cesar Azpilicueta delivers the ball.
Nascimento Ramires has an effort at goal. Blocked by Matthew Taylor.
Nascimento Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble.
Clearance made by Mark Noble.
James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Stewart Downing produces a cross.
Shot by Eden Hazard went wide right of the net.
Corner from the right by-line taken by da Silva Willian.
Unfair challenge on Andy Carroll by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick.
Shot by Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel. Blocked by James Collins.
The referee starts the second half.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Foul by John Terry on James Tomkins, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by da Silva Willian from the left by-line.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis.
John Terry heads at goal. Adrian parries the ball away.
Clearance by Stewart Downing.
Samuel Eto'o takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joey O'Brien gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien by da Silva Willian.
Clearance by John Terry.
Mark Noble manages to make a clearance.
Eden Hazard takes a shot. James Collins gets a block in.
Gary Cahill takes the free kick.
Andy Carroll challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball.
John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Mikel Mikel on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eden Hazard by Andy Carroll.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line.
Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
Shot by Emboaba Oscar went wide left of the target.
Mohamed Diame leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Jarvis.
Shot by Nascimento Ramires went wide left of the target.
Clearance by Guy Demel.
Eden Hazard crosses the ball.
Shot by Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel missed to the right of the net.
Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires.
Andy Carroll handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Corner taken short by da Silva Willian.
James Collins manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by James Tomkins.
Samuel Eto'o has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
Shot by da Silva Willian cleared the bar.
John Terry takes the free kick.
Andy Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires.
Free kick awarded for a foul by da Silva Willian on James Tomkins.
Chance falls to James Tomkins who heads at goal. Parried by Petr Cech back into danger.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Mohamed Diame.
Emboaba Oscar takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.
Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.
A cross is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Corner taken by Mark Noble.
Clearance made by Gary Cahill.
The referee gets the game started.
Improvement key for Mourinho
Jose Mourinho believes it will be next season before Chelsea are ready to make a serious assault on the Barclays Premier League title, playing down his side's chances of silverware this term.
Despite seven straight wins - five of them in the Premier League - and sitting one point behind his championship favourites Manchester City, who Chelsea play next Monday, Mourinho thinks the team's development is the solitary aim after underperforming in the league in recent seasons.
"Our main objective for this season is to build a team, the best way to build a team is to be competing for things," said Mourinho, speaking ahead of Wednesday's match with West Ham.
"Everything is coming to us. I can imagine - more than imagine, believe, really - that next season we are going to have a really strong team, starting from day one with everybody.
"This season we are in the competitions, I'm not saying to win the competitions, I'm saying to win the next match.
"Next match is West Ham. We are there to try to win it."
Mourinho provided champagne for his pre-match media conference - fulfilling a promise made on his 51st birthday on Sunday following the FA Cup defeat of Stoke after being informed Rafael Benitez provided cake on his birthday last season - and believes Chelsea have reason to be optimistic.
"We have to drink champagne because we are improving," Mourinho added.
"I think we are improving a lot: the team, the players, so the prospectives of champagne in the future are good. I think we are going into a good direction."
Chelsea have won the title once since Mourinho's September 2007 departure - in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti - after the Portuguese delivered a first championship in 50 years in 2005 at the end of his first season in charge.
The champagne on that occasion was opened at the Reebok Stadium following a 2-0 win over a Bolton side managed by Sam Allardyce, now bidding to steer the Hammers away from the drop zone.
Mourinho, whose side won 3-0 at Upton Park in November, refuses to underestimate Allardyce's men and insists he is not looking beyond the next match this term and the continual improvement of his team, with Monday's trip to the Etihad Stadium having "zero" influence on his team selection this Wednesday.
"If in this moment we see our team is the same or even worse than it was in September, that's a big problem," Mourinho said.
"If we see that players like (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, Willian and (Cesar) Azpilicueta, these young people, they are not better now than they were six months ago, that's a big problem.
"These are things we need that's compulsory. The evolution of the players, the evolution of the team is compulsory.
"After that the results normally are a consequence of the work, are a consequence of the evolution.
"Always the next match we want to win. The results are arriving as a consequence of the team playing very good football."
Mourinho has continued his gradual squad overhaul this month.
The departure of Kevin De Bruyne was expected, as was the re-signing of Nemanja Matic.
Mohamed Salah's recruitment was a consequence of Juan Mata's departure for Manchester United and Michael Essien was allowed to leave for AC Milan on a free transfer.
Salah is likely to arrive in London, but not in time to face West Ham, while Fernando Torres (knee) remains out.
The Hammers could hand debuts to new signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello.
The two Italy internationals have signed on loan until the end of the season, while captain Kevin Nolan returns from a four-match ban, with only Joe Cole (groin) a definite absentee against one of his former clubs.
Manager Allardyce believes his struggling side can get a result against Chelsea despite Mourinho's superb home record as Blues boss.
The Portuguese, in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, is unbeaten in all 71 Premier League home games in charge and will welcome 18th-placed West Ham looking to keep pace at the top of the table.
But Allardyce does not intend to write off picking up an unlikely result against their London rivals as the Hammers battle against the drop.
"We can't go to Chelsea and lie down," he said.
"We can't go to Chelsea and think that we're not going to get a result. When all said and done, West Bromwich Albion should have beaten Chelsea this season.
"In a one-off game, if you play to your best and Chelsea aren't functioning at their best, then you can get to the end result like West Brom did. It can be achieved at any one time in any one game and we've got to believe that it can be achieved."
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