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UEFA Champions League

Wednesday, 10 December 2014,

Chelsea
3
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1
SP Lisbon
  • Kickoff: 20:45 BST
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance: -
  • 8' Cesc Fàbregas - pen
  • 16' André Schürrle
  • 56' John Obi Mikel
  • 50' Jonathan Silva

Chelsea

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Sporting Lisbon

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Loftus-Cheek handed Chelsea chance

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea must produce homegrown players, otherwise they may as well shut their B£8million-a-year academy and spend the money on transfers.

Defender John Terry, the 34-year-old captain, was the last Chelsea-nurtured prospect to make a sustained impact on the first team.

With Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian rested for Wednesday night's Champions League Group G clash with Sporting Lisbon, Mourinho has called up 18-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been with Chelsea since the age of eight.

In July, ahead of the second season of his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho insisted it would be his fault if academy prospects Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke were not soon first-team stars.

Loftus-Cheek is another hot prospect who has been fast-tracked to the first team for a match Chelsea do not need to win.

"You need to prove the academy works well and is worth it," Mourinho said.

"If the kids are not good enough or the work is not good enough - and year after year you don't bring kids to the first team - it's better to close the door and use the money that you spend on the academy to buy players."

Mourinho believes stability is imperative for the teenagers to realise their ambitions at Chelsea.

"It's only possible if the first-team manager stays for a long time, which in this club in the last 10 years, was not possible," added Mourinho, who is 18 months into a four-year contract.

"Imagine next week if there's a different first-team manager with different ideas. Some product, almost an end product, becomes an empty product and you have to start everything again.

"The relationship between the first-team and the academy is changing based on this stability that, at this moment, we are having.

"The people in the academy feel they are working for something, which is why tomorrow is not Ruben's day but 'academy day'.

"To be here since he was eight and to have the chance to play for Chelsea's first team is every kid's dream. English player, 18, completely made in Chelsea. If he does it, if he succeeds, it's good.

"It's a clear message that the first-team is sending to them: work, work and the right moment, the right talent always arrives."

Mourinho spent enormous sums on transfers during a hugely successful first spell at the club from June 2004 to September 2007 when upcoming talent was in short supply.

"Every manager in the world wants to bring young people up," he said. "(But) it depends on the talent you have. Sometimes you have it. Sometimes you don't.

"I can, for example, compare my first spell here and now - and now the quality of the young players is better. It's clearly better. I have conditions to do it."

Chelsea lost for the first time in 24 games this season at Newcastle last Saturday.

Despite already advancing to the last 16 as group winners and affording key personnel rest, the Blues are determined to respond.

"By the mental point of view the defeat to Newcastle doesn't have an effect on us," Mourinho said.

"We have nothing to change and be worried with, but when you lose a game, the next game you want to win."

The match means more for Sporting, who are in a battle with Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke to advance as group runners-up. Schalke must win at Maribor to have any hope of progressing.

The Portuguese said: "I'm happy if Sporting go to the second round with seven points because my desire is to always win. I want to beat Sporting and then Schalke not to win against Maribor."

Mourinho spotted an opportunity to give Terry, Hazard and Willian a rest and is likely to balance rotating his options with keeping his side in tune for the busy festive programme.

Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic had their rest when serving suspensions, while Cesc Fabregas is banned for Saturday's Premier League clash with Hull for accumulating five yellow cards.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech could make a third start in the competition after being displaced by Thibaut Courtois as first choice.

"Terry, Willian and Hazard are on holidays," Mourinho said.

"I would like to give the whole squad the time off but these three play all the time and I have good solutions for these positions.

"We have so many matches to play in December and we are one of the few teams in the Premier League that also plays the Capital One Cup in this moment.

"Everybody has periods to rest we don't have. This game gives me the chance to rest these three players.

Mourinho said after the loss at St James' Park that Costa needed to improve his match fitness to continue to score prolifically after his strong start at Chelsea.

"Diego starts," Mourinho said.

91'+3

Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Sporting Lisbon 1.

91'+2

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 93'

91'+2

Offside, Chelsea. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is caught offside.

91'+1

Paulo de Oliveira

91'+1

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mauricio.

90'

Attempt blocked. André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Silva.

90'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 90'

90'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Blocked Pass at 90'

89'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 89'

89'

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Petr Cech.

89'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Corner Kick at 89'

89'

Attempt saved. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Martins.

89'

André Martins (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 89'

88'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 88'

87'

César Azpilicueta

87'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Carrillo.

87'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 87'

86'

Attempt blocked. Carlos Mané (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fredy Montero.

86'

Fredy Montero (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 86'

86'

Mauricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 86'

86'

Fredy Montero (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

86'

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 86'

85'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 85'

84'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 84'

83'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 83'

83'

Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

83'

Paulo de Oliveira (Sporting Lisbon) Blocked Pass at 83'

82'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 82'

82'

Jonathan Silva

82'

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81'

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 81'

81'

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

81'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Corner Kick at 81'

80'

André Martins (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 80'

80'

Foul by Loïc Remy (Chelsea).

79'

Attempt missed. Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

79'

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 79'

79'

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Free Kick at 79'

79'

Adrien Silva

78'

Foul by Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon).

78'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 78'

77'

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Loïc Remy.

77'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Corner Kick at 77'

76'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 76'

75'

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Free Kick at 75'

75'

Offside, Sporting Lisbon. Fredy Montero tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

74'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 74'

74'

Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces André Schürrle.

73'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 73'

73'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 73'

73'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 73'

72'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 72'

72'

Loïc Remy (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72'

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Costa.

72'

Diego Costa (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 72'

71'

Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Mohamed Salah.

70'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Free Kick at 70'

70'

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. André Martins replaces João Mário.

69'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69'

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 69'

69'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 69'

68'

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 68'

67'

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67'

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 67'

67'

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

66'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 66'

66'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 66'

66'

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Blocked Pass at 66'

65'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 65'

64'

Foul by Filipe Luis (Chelsea).

64'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 64'

64'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 64'

62'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 62'

62'

Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 62'

62'

João Mário (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61'

Attempt saved. Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Silva with a cross.

61'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 61'

61'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 61'

61'

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. Fredy Montero replaces William Carvalho.

60'

Substitution, Sporting Lisbon. Carlos Mané replaces Diego Capel.

60'

Paulo Oliveira (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 59'

59'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 59'

59'

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

58'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 58'

58'

William

58'

Foul by William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon).

56'

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 56'

56'

3 - 1

Goal! Chelsea 3, Sporting Lisbon 1. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Cahill following a corner.

56'

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

56'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 56'

56'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 56'

55'

Foul by André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon).

55'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 55'

55'

Offside, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Cesc Fàbregas is caught offside.

55'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 55'

53'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Throw In at 53'

53'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 53'

52'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rui Patricio.

52'

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) Corner Kick at 52'

52'

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by André Schürrle.

52'

André Schürrle (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 52'

51'

Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon) Blocked Pass at 51'

51'

André Schürrle (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 51'

51'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 51'

50'

2 - 1

Goal! Chelsea 2, Sporting Lisbon 1. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

49'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 49'

48'

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

47'

Foul by Paulo Oliveira (Sporting Lisbon).

46'

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Offside, Sporting Lisbon. Ricardo Esgaio tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

46'

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 46'

46'

Second Half begins Chelsea 2, Sporting Lisbon 0.

46'

First Half ends, Chelsea 2, Sporting Lisbon 0.

45'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 45'

45'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 45'

44'

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

44'

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mauricio.

43'

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) Corner Kick at 43'

42'

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Free Kick at 42'

42'

Foul by Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon).

42'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 42'

41'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 41'

39'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Free Kick at 39'

39'

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38'

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

38'

André Schürrle (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 38'

38'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 38'

38'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 38'

37'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 37'

37'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 37'

36'

Attempt saved. Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36'

Attempt blocked. Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Carrillo with a cross.

36'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 36'

36'

Attempt missed. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Islam Slimani.

36'

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 36'

34'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 34'

33'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 33'

33'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 33'

33'

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 33'

32'

João Mário (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Free Kick at 32'

32'

Foul by Paulo Oliveira (Sporting Lisbon).

30'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 30'

30'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 30'

29'

Attempt missed. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

28'

André Schürrle (Chelsea) Corner Kick at 28'

28'

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mauricio.

28'

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

28'

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 28'

26'

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 26'

26'

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

26'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 26'

26'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 26'

25'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 25'

25'

Attempt missed. Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by João Mário following a corner.

25'

Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 25'

24'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Corner Kick at 24'

24'

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

24'

André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) Corner Kick at 24'

24'

Corner, Sporting Lisbon. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

23'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 23'

23'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 23'

23'

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

23'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 23'

22'

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle.

22'

André Schürrle (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 22'

22'

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 22'

22'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 22'

21'

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adrien Silva with a cross.

21'

Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 21'

21'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 21'

20'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 20'

19'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 19'

19'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 19'

18'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 18'

18'

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 18'

18'

Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16'

2 - 0

Goal! Chelsea 2, Sporting Lisbon 0. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

16'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Assists Shot at 16'

15'

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) Blocked Pass at 15'

15'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 15'

14'

Jonathan Silva (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 14'

13'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Free Kick at 13'

13'

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12'

Attempt missed. André Carrillo (Sporting Lisbon) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Capel with a cross.

12'

Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon) Assists Shot at 12'

10'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 10'

8'

1 - 0

Goal! Chelsea 1, Sporting Lisbon 0. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

7'

Penalty conceded by Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) after a foul in the penalty area.

6'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Blocked Pass at 6'

5'

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Free Kick at 5'

5'

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5'

Ricardo Esgaio (Sporting Lisbon) Throw In at 5'

4'

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon) Free Kick at 4'

3'

Offside, Chelsea. Cesc Fàbregas tries a through ball, but Filipe Luis is caught offside.

3'

Filipe Luis (Chelsea) Throw In at 3'

2'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 2'

1'

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Throw In at 1'

1'

First Half begins.

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

55%
45%
  • Chelsea
  • Sporting Lisbon

Shots

16
13

Shots on target

5
4

Fouls

10
14

Corners

4
5

Yellow Cards

1
4

Red Cards

0
0

Head to Head

Chelsea3 - 1SP Lisbon
SP Lisbon0 - 1Chelsea

Chelsea

  • 1Petr Cech
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 5Kurt Zouma
  • 24Gary Cahill
  • 28César Azpilicueta
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 14André Schürrle
  • -> Ramires
  • 17Mohamed Salah
  • -> Loïc Rémy
  • 21Nemanja Matic
  • 4Cesc Fàbregas
  • -> Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 19Diego Costa
  • Subs
  • 8Oscar
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 33Mitchell Beeney

SP Lisbon

  • 1Rui Patricio
  • 26Paulo de Oliveira
  • 47Ricardo Esgaio
  • 3Mauricio
  • 33Jonathan Silva
  • 11Diego Capel
  • -> Carlos Mané
  • 18André Carrillo
  • 9Islam Slimani
  • 17Joao Mario
  • -> André Martins
  • 14William
  • -> Fredy Montero
  • 23Adrien Silva
  • Subs
  • 22Marcelo Boeck
  • 81Geraldes
  • 29Mahamadou-Naby Sarr
  • 24Oriol Rosell

Chelsea too good for Sporting Lisbon as Blues cruise to top spot

Serious Champions League business begins for Chelsea in February after Jose Mourinho's men completed their unbeaten Group G campaign with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.

The Blues had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, with Sporting hoping to join them ahead of Schalke, managed by Chelsea's European Cup-winning manager Roberto di Matteo.

A Cesc Fabregas penalty and goals from Andre Schurrle and John Obi Mikel - his fifth goal in more than 300 Blues appearances - meant Sporting had to rely on Maribor avoiding defeat against Schalke.

But the Germans won 1-0 in Slovenia to advance to the knockout stages.

Chelsea had made six changes to the side which lost at Newcastle - the Blues' first defeat in 24 matches this season - but strolled to a 2-0 lead within 16 minutes.

Jonathan Silva pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half, but Mikel restored the two-goal advantage within six minutes.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, an 18-year-old midfielder who has been at Chelsea since the age of eight, came off the substitutes' bench for his debut with seven minutes remaining on what was a comfortable night for the home side.

Chelsea always appeared likely to win Group G, the only surprise was that their passage was not more comfortable.

The Blues opened with a draw with Schalke, who they beat 5-0 in Germany, beat Maribor 6-0, but drew the return and edged to a 1-0 win in Lisbon before Wednesday night's triumph.

Chelsea will face sterner tests when their quest for a second European Cup - and Mourinho's third with three different clubs - resumes, but first Hull await when the Premier League leaders return to domestic duty on Saturday.




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