skip to content
The ball is crossed by Glenn Whelan, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Michael Kightly, blocked by Ashley Cole.
Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by John Terry results in a Penalty. Penalty missed by Jonathan Walters.
Michael Kightly is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Etherington.
Unfair challenge on David Luiz by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. David Luiz takes the free kick.
Paulo Ferreira replaces Cesar Azpilicueta. Corner taken short by Frank Lampard.
Geoff Cameron delivers the ball, Petr Cech makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Cameron Jerome. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Juan Mata goes off and John Terry comes on.
Charlie Adam goes off and Dean Whitehead comes on.
Kenwyne Jones goes off and Cameron Jerome comes on.
Foul by Robert Huth on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Goal scored by Eden Hazard from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-4 Chelsea.Assist by Juan Mata.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Fernando Torres replaces Demba Ba.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Jonathan Walters. Shot on goal comes in from David Luiz from the free kick.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Frank Lampard takes a shot. Fantastic save by Asmir Begovic.
Ryan Shawcross gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. Power penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Stoke 0-3 Chelsea.Assist by Juan Mata.
Own goal by Jonathan Walters. Stoke 0-2 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Juan Mata.
Corner taken by Juan Mata.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Demba Ba. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Etherington is caught offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Eden Hazard produces a cross, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
David Luiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, save made by Petr Cech.
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Etherington, Header by Robert Huth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Ryan Bertrand challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Etherington.
Ashley Cole takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Eden Hazard decides to take a short corner.
The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Eden Hazard fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by David Luiz.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball, clearance by David Luiz.
Steven Nzonzi produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Eden Hazard.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Mata. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Eden Hazard. Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Robert Huth.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Shot from just outside the box by Ashley Cole goes over the bar.
Frank Lampard takes a short corner.
Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Eden Hazard. Andy Wilkinson receives a caution. Juan Mata delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Geoff Cameron, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Shot by Eden Hazard from outside the box goes over the target.
Corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Eden Hazard fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Bertrand challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Ramires. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a brilliant save.
Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, save by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan, clearance made by Ashley Cole.
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Eden Hazard results in a free kick. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Demba Ba manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on David Luiz. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.
A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, save by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington delivers the ball.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Walters challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Nascimento Ramires. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by David Luiz results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Eden Hazard, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Luiz by Jonathan Walters. Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.
No new worries for Pulis
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.
Defender Marc Wilson and midfielder Rory Delap, who have been sidelined by a broken leg and hernia problem respectively, remain the only definite absentees for the Potters.
Pulis is expected to shuffle his pack again after making changes for last weekend's 0-0 FA Cup third round draw at Crystal Palace, where the likes of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and striker Kenwyne Jones were rested.
Pulis hopes Frank Lampard and Chelsea part on good terms if the "great marriage" between them is to come to an end.
Lampard looks set for the exit at Stamford Bridge, with his current contract with the Blues due to expire in the summer and his agent claiming he will not be offered a new deal by the club.
The 34-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a trophy-laden career with the west London outfit since joining them in 2001, netting 193 times for them in the process to make him the joint-second highest goalscorer in their history.
Pulis has no doubt Lampard and Chelsea have proved a superb match for each other and feels it would be a huge shame for any separation to be acrimonious.
"I think Frank has been a fantastic player for Chelsea," Pulis said.
"He has been unbelievable, and he is a great lad - they tell me he is a real top professional.
"But I think when you step aside, away from being a player, you sometimes look at it a little bit differently, and Chelsea have been absolutely fantastic for Frank as well.
"The medals and the trophies that Frank has won at that football club...as a young kid starting football, he needed a vehicle to be able to achieve what he has achieved.
"Whether the argument is that Chelsea should offer him a new contract or not, it is not my decision.
"But I think it has been a great marriage and you just hope it doesn't end in tears - that they part amicably, and that a true star of a football club walks away with everyone applauding what he has done and achieved."
Rafael Benitez has backed Fernando Torres to win over the Chelsea boo boys and insisted the misfiring striker's poor performance against Swansea was down to a stomach bug, rather than lack of desire or talent.
Torres put in one of his worst performances of his Chelsea career two days ago. The #50million striker touched the ball just 19 times during his 81 minutes on the pitch and could only muster two feeble attempts on goal.
The Blues fans have stood by their most expensive import despite his patchy form throughout his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge, but on Wednesday they gave the 28-year-old both barrels, sarcastically applauding the player as he left the field having called for Demba Ba's introduction since half-time.
Benitez revealed that part of the reason why Torres did not play well was because the Spaniard had been struggling with illness, and his only other replacement Ba was not fully fit as he had a hamstring injury.
"I could not explain it before the match, because (Swansea manager) Michael Laudrup would have known, but Fernando had a stomach bug and Demba Ba had a niggle," Benitez told a press conference.
"The club doctor was giving Fernando tablets, but I told him he had to play because we couldn't play Demba Ba. So Fernando was playing with the problem. I was really pleased with him because he was trying to play despite the problems he had."
Part of the reason why Benitez was appointed Chelsea's interim manager was due to his good relationship with Torres. It was anticipated that the former Valencia boss, who managed Torres at Liverpool for three and a half years, would bring the best out of the former Atletico Madrid man.
Torres' barracking on Wednesday may prove to be a big blow to relations between the Blues fans and their star striker, but when asked whether he thought Torres could win them around, Benitez said: "Yes, the main thing a player can do is to concentrate on your job and Fernando is really, really trying.
"If he scores goals again it will be easier. Fernando concentrated on trying to do his job (despite his illness) and that is the sign of a great character.
"He is trying to give his best. In training every day he is giving 100 per cent every session. Because the club paid big money everybody is expecting a relation between money and goals to be easy."
Captain John Terry is in the squad after coming through 45 minutes of the Blues' Under-21 game against Fulham on Thursday, his first appearance since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool in November.
Benitez confirmed that the 32-year-old has returned to training and will be in the squad for the game at the Britannia Stadium, but will start on the bench
"He played on Thursday. He was okay," Benitez said. "He has been training. He is in the squad."
Asked whether Terry will start, the Spaniard added: "No, but he is available. It's good news for us. He has been out for 16 weeks."
Goalkeeper Petr Cech will have a test on his groin injury, while Nigeria duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are unavailable as they are at the African Nations Cup.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk