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Tuesday football as it happened


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By Chris Bevan

2215: And that's all I've got time for tonight, on an evening that was always going to belong to Jose Mourinho. If you're not a Chelsea fan, I hope you enjoyed it... and thanks for keeping me company. Join Sam Lyon tomorrow as he mops up the last of the last-16 ties, and I will see you very soon.

From Scott in London, via text on 81111: "For those who were not at Stamford Bridge tonight, the booing of Mourinho by a section of the crowd was simply an angry reaction to the theatrics, diving, timewasting and all round general cheating exhibited by many of the Inter players. Nearly everyone here does believe they were the better team tonight and that the result was definitely fair though."

2211: So, Inter Milan and CSKA Moscow join Manchester United, Arsenal, Lyon and Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Who will complete the last-eight line-up? We will find out tomorrow night when Barcelona face Stuttgart and Bordeaux take on Olympiakos. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who cut a disconsolate figure as he trudged across the Stamford Bridge turf long after the final whistle, will have to wait at least another year to try to conquer Europe.

2207: Now then, I know Chelsea are right in the hunt for the Premier League title and in the FA Cup semi-finals to boot but I wonder how many Blues fans would take Jose Mourinho back as manager now, if they could?

From James, Chelsea fan, via text on 81111: "Mourinho knew exactly what he wanted his team to do and they delivered. What was Ancelotti's plan? Walk around for 90 minutes and hope the ball obliged and walked into the net. Where was the urgency? We still haven't been able to replace Mourinho with real quality."

2204: Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho on his reaction to his side's victory over his old club Chelsea, where he enjoyed spectacular success between 2004 and 2007: "I celebrated a lot in the dressing room once the game was over. I love Chelsea, this stadium and this people but I am a professional and who knows I could come back here in the future as the manager of an English club."

2202: A couple of late Championship results to tell you about. In-form Reading inflict Neil Warnock's first defeat as QPR boss, while Warnock's old club Crystal Palace lose at home to play-off chasing Leicester.

From demoledor_ on Twitter: "Mourinho was right (see 1904). He never loses at Stamford Bridge."

2158: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti on his side's defeat at the hands of Italian champions Inter Milan: "We didn't play how we wanted. They put pressure on our midfielders so we had difficulties playing. Inter played a very good game, with strong defence and good counter-attack. We didn't play how we wanted. We were a better team in Milan but we were not able to repeat that performance."

2153: Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho after his side knocked his old club Chelsea out of the Champions League: "We were the best team by far. Chelsea is a great team, we know that and my team came here knowing very well how they play. We knew if we did not control the game by having the ball we would have no chance. We had the ball and we created the best chances and we should have scored before the goal. When we did score, Chelsea were completely out of the game. I thought everything was superior, not just our tactics but our attitude on the pitch."

From Dan, via text on 81111: "Those home supporters jeering Mourinho make me sad to be a Chelsea fan."

2150: Football League Macca: Late, late drama in the Champ. Middlesbrough grabbed a point at Derby through Leroy Lita. West Brom beat Swansea, an injury-time penalty saw Cardiff beat Coventry and Barnsley held on to beat Forest. At Plymouth, Bristol City lost a man and the game as Carl Fletcher gave the home side a 3-2 win. Fellow strugglers Peterborough threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 through John Oster's last minute winner. Neil Warnock could be about to lose his unbeaten record at QPR as Reading lead 1-0 with a few minutes left.

From TorreSamK9 on Twitter: "Unlike AC Milan, this Inter side is far improved from the side Liverpool and Man Utd brushed aside before. Possible winners?"

2147: By the way, Villa's win tonight means their boss Martin O'Neill has won a Premier League game in March for the first time since he took charge of the midlands side in 2006. This was his 14th attempt.

2145: Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder on his side's 1-0 win over Chelsea to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate victory: "The tactic was to get a goal and to win. We knew the chances would come and I felt we could have scored two or three. In the first leg we were a bit lucky but tonight we deserved to win."

2143: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-2 Aston Villa

2142: Jason Scotland is on for Wigan at the DW Stadium but we are in injury time and Villa are hardly under stacks of pressure as they defend their 2-1 lead.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Chelsea not good enough to break Inter down. Frustration as even Mourinho abused by Stamford Bridge crowd."

2138: Jose Mourinho was halfway down the tunnel when the final whistle was blown. The Inter Milan boss did not hang around to join his players celebrating on the pitch. Chelsea? John Terry leads their protests against the match officials on their way off... I don't think they can complain about the result though. Your thoughts?

2137: FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-1 Inter Milan (agg 1-3)

2136: It almost gets even worse for Chelsea. Inter break quickly and the ball is fed to Sammy Eto'o, whose shot brings a smart stop from Ross Turnbull.

2135: Apologies for the lack of updates from the DW Stadium, but that's because Aston Villa are looking very comfortable indeed and well on their way to the three points. Not much goalmouth action there, however.

2134: FULL-TIME Sevilla 1-2 CSKA Moscow (agg 3-2)

2133: There will be four minutes of extra-time for Chelsea to try to salvage something positive from the night.

2132: The 90 minutes are up at Stamford Bridge but the game was up for Chelsea about 10 minutes ago, I suspect. And once Drogba saw red, the Blues' faint hopes were all but extinguished.

Red card
Drogba red card: There didn't look much in this to be honest. The ball is played into the Inter area and Didier Droga runs into Thiago Motta, who goes to ground. Now, the only thing I can think of is that referee Wolfgang Stark thinks Drogba then stamps on Motta... but, whatever he saw, a straight red means Chelsea are down to 10 men.

2128: RED CARD Chelsea's Didier Drogba

2128: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Superb finishing from Samuel Eto'o and it had been coming. Inter have looked more threatening in the second half and Chelsea simply have not had the wit to break them down. Jose Mourinho celebrations were muted - the same did not go for Inter's backroom staff, players and supporters. The game is surely up for Chelsea."

2127: Football League Macca: "Some crucial results coming in, particularly for some of the bigger names hovering around the wrong end of the Champ table and some sniffing around at the right end. Leicester have gone in front at Palace, Derby have equalised and then gone ahead against Boro, Doncaster are now level with bottom-side Peterborough and Watford lead Ipswich 2-1. Last but not least, West Brom have taken a controversial lead at Swansea through Graham Dorrans' penalty. "

2126: You've got to hand it to Mourinho, he's got his tactics spot on tonight. So far, anyhow. Here comes Mariga, for the impressive Wesley Sneijder... and that clock continues to run down. Less than five minutes left now.

2125: A bit of time-wasting by Inter ends with goalkeeper Julio Cesar being booked. The Italian side are about to bring on Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga, who almost joined Manchester City in January but failed to get a work permit.

2123: Football League Macca: "It's looking like an increasingly good night for South Yorkshire sides as Barnsley grab a second against Forest - Daniel Bogdanovic again the scorer, this time from the spot - and Sheff Utd go 3-0 up against Blackpool, Richard Cresswell getting his second of the evening. Carlisle lead Yeovil and Lincoln have levelled against Daggers."

Inter goal: Chelsea are in real trouble now. Wesley Sneijder, who has been superb tonight, sets Sammy Eto'o free with a diagonal ball over the top and he runs clear before hammering the ball past Ross Turnbull and into the bottom corner of the net. Jose Mourinho? He was off the bench, pumping his fist. Chelsea now need to score twice in the next 10 minutes to force extra-time.

2119: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-1 (agg 1-3) Inter Milan

From Daniel in Newcastle, via text on 81111: "Would be nice to see Inter score, purely to see if Jose Mourinho celebrates or not. He looks like he would struggle to stay calm at the moment."

2117: Inter's turn to make a change. Dejan Stankovic replaces Goran Pandev.

2117: Football League Macca: "Drama at Deepdale where Preston went 2-0 up a few minutes ago through Paul Coutts. But Sheff Wed have grabbed two in three minutes through Tommy Miller and Marcus Tudgay to level things up. Bottom side Peterborough lead against Doncaster through Charlie Lee, in L1 Charlie Austin has put Swindon in front at Southampton and in L2 Rotherham have equalised at Accrington through Joshua Walker."

2116: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Joe Cole's introduction will give Chelsea's team and the crowd some much needed impetus and inspiration. Carlo Ancelotti will be counting on Cole's unpredictabilty to unlock the massed ranks of Inter Milan defenders. Danger at the other end though, and Yuri Zhirkov has twice rescued Chelsea with wonderful challenges on Samuel Eto'o and Goran Pandev."

2115: Another change for Chelsea. Yuri Zhirkov is off, Salomon Kalou is on.

2114: The chances keep coming at Stamford Bridge but they are all for Inter. Wesley Sneijder's free-kick finds Thiago Motta, who rises unmarked from six yards out but guides his header over the bar. Less than 20 minutes left and Chelsea need to step things up, pronto, if they are going to get the goal they need.

Villa goal: Chris Kirkland flaps at a Villa corner, which is eventually cleared but only as far as James Milner, who lets fly with a first-time shot from 25 yards that rolls through a crowd of players, past an un-sighted Kirkland and into the net.

2111: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-2 Aston Villa (Milner)

2110: Football League Macca: The games at Crystal Palace and Reading are just coming to the end of their first-halves and both matches have seen sendings off in the closing stages. Palace's Claude Davis has gone for violent conduct in their match against Leicester, while QPR's Damion Stewart has been shown a second yellow at the Mad Stad.

2107: Worrying times for Chelsea. Inter have just had their second good chance in the space of a couple of minutes. Wesley Sneijder lifts the ball over the Chelsea defence to set Diego Milito free but he rushes his shot and scuffs it wide as Ross Turnbull comes out to narrow the angle. In fairness, the ball took a long time to drop for Milito, who had a couple of defenders closing in on him.

From ojl on Twitter: "This is a really good game. Chelsea have to go for it, Inter look dangerous on the break. Either team could score."

2104: Yep, Carlo Ancelotti has seen enough. Joe Cole comes on for Michael Ballack. Didier Drogba takes the opportunity to change his footwear... putting his shooting boots on, perhaps?

2102: A difficult task for Chelsea almost got harder. Wesley Sneijder sets Goran Pandev free but Yuri Zhirkov gets across to make the saving challenge just in time. From the resulting corner, Diego Milito's shot on the turn is kept out by Ross Turnbull.

2100: An hour gone at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are still waiting to make the breakthrough. Inter have kept the home side pretty quiet so far, save for a five-minute spell just before half-time. Time for Carlo Ancelotti to shake things up?

2058: A flurry of bookings at Stamford Bridge, where Ferreira Lucio, Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba have gone into Mr Stark's book in quick succession.

CSKA goal: Keisuke Honda restores CSKA's aggregate lead with a long-range free-kick that Andres Palop should save... but the keeper misjudges the flight and deflects the ball into the roof of his own net.

2055: More pressure by Chelsea, and Florent Malouda almost catches Julio Cesar out with a snap-shot from the right-hand side of the box which flies into the side-netting.

2055: GOALFLASH Sevilla 1-2 (agg 2-3) CSKA Moscow (Honda)

2053: Wigan and Aston Villa is back under way too, and Marcelo Moreno has just curled a shot narrowly over for the Latics.

2052: This is more good pressure by Chelsea, mind. They are spreading the ball well and keeping possession. Only the final ball is letting them down at the moment, mainly because Inter are defending so well when the ball comes near their box.

2049: ...Didier Drogba steps up, about 25 yards out, and fires in a low effort that gets past the ball but bobbles into the arms of Julio Cesar. That was a bit disappointing.

Yellow card
2048: Florent Malouda tries to force his way through the Inter defence but is blocked off by Thiago Motta, who gets a booking for his trouble. This free-kick is in a dangerous position for Chelsea...

2047: Chelsea get the second-half started at Stamford Bridge, where there was a delay while Inter keeper Julio Cesar re-appeared.

2046: We're back under way in Andalusia. The 1-1 second-leg scoreline between Sevilla and CSKA Moscow is the only one that could bring us extra-time there tonight.

2044: Football League Macca: "A few goals just beat the half-time whistle in the Champo. Bradley Wright-Phillips got a second for Plymouth at home to Bristol C, Nick Montgomery grabbed a second for Sheff Utd against Blackpool and Chris Burke got an equaliser for Cardiff at Cov."

2043: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "A scrappy first half draws to a close with jeers from a frustrated Stamford Bridge crowd. Chelsea have been unable to get at Julio Cesar thanks to some real bodies-on-the-line stuff from Inter's defenders. The atmosphere was frantic as the interval approached. The tension will be turned up even further the longer this stays goalless. Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins was very irate as the players left the pitch."

From Derbtastic on Twitter: "How many times do the words 'stonewall penalty' need to be uttered during a Chelsea Champions League match before one is actually awarded?"

From Isle of Manc on 606: "No wonder Serie A teams are known for their rock-solid defences. Apparently in Italy, you're allowed to just wrestle players to the ground if they get in a good position!"

2038: Chelsea had just started getting at Inter when the half ended. Carlo Ancelotti will hope his side can start the second half the same way they just ended the first. This one is still in the balance.

2036: HALF-TIME Wigan 1-1 Aston Villa

2034: Football League Macca: "I bring you more goal news and it's not good for Alan Irvine on his return to Preston. His Sheff Wed side trail through Neil Mellor's goal. Coventry's recent super form continues as they are in front against stuttering Cardiff through Clinton Morrison and second bottom Plymouth are leading Bristol City. Brighton are beating Brentford in L1 and in L2 it's Hereford 0-1 Morecambe and Lincoln 0-1 Daggers."

2032: HALF-TIME Sevilla 1-1 (agg 2-2) CSKA Moscow

Sevilla goal: Sevilla equalise two minutes after falling behind as a long clearance up field is allowed to bounce and Jesus Navas slips the loose ball to Diego Perotti, who guides it past the advancing Igor Akinfeev. The tie is now level at 2-2 on aggregate.

CSKA goal:Tomas Necid gives the Russian side a 2-1 aggregate lead. It is a wonderfully taken goal as Necid superbly controls a pass from Keisuke Honda before slotting the ball low into the bottom corner.

2032: Ashley Young bursts at the Wigan defence and releases John Carew free in the box with just Chris Kirkland to beat, but the Wigan keeper stands tall and beats the Norwegian's shot away well. Now to tell you about those goals in Sevilla...

2031: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 (agg 1-2) Inter Milan

2030: Chelsea are ending the first-half with a bang. It takes a desperate last-ditch challenge (legal this time) from Walter Samuel to deny Frank Lampard as he shapes to shoot.

2029: Extraordinary scenes from the resulting corner, which is delayed while Julio Cesar receives treatment. When the ball comes across, Walter Samuel wrestles Didier Drogba to the ground, in clear view of referee Wolfgang Stark. It should be a stonewall penalty, but nothing is given.

2027: At last, a clear sight of goal for Chelsea. Didier Drogba's lofted ball into the area finds Nicolas Anelka in space but his control lets him down and goalkeeper Julio Cesar, with the help of Thiago Motta, is able to clear for a corner.

2026: Chelsea still haven't tested Julio Cesar, mainly thanks to some excellent defending. This time Florent Malouda's shot is blocked by Walter Samuel.

2025: GOALFLASH Sevilla 1-1 (agg 2-2) CSKA Moscow (Perotti)

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Serene Mourinho has left town. In his place is an animated, arm-waving version. Almost alongside Ancelotti in Chelsea technical area."

2023: GOALFLASH Sevilla 0-1 (agg 1-2) CSKA Moscow (Necid)

2023: Another half-chance for Inter, when Sammy Eto'o's pull-back finds Diego Milito on the edge of the six-yard box but he is crowded out before he can get a shot away.

2021: In case you are wondering, not much has happened so far at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Sevilla almost opened the scoring after three minutes but CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev made an excellent save to deny Luis Fabiano. However, the home side failed to build on their early chance and Keisuke Honda went close for the Russian team with a crisp low strike that Andres Palop saved.

2018: A real chance for Inter after John Terry misjudges Maicon's cross and the ball reaches Sammy Eto'o at the back post. I think the Cameroon international expected Terry to clear there, because his header is poor: it bounces into the ground and does not trouble Ross Turnbull.

Wigan goal: Wigan trail for a matter of, er, moments. Charles N'Zogbia's free-kick is met by Gary Caldwell's glancing header and the Latics are level.

2014: GOALFLASH Wigan 1-1 Aston Villa (Caldwell)

Villa goal: Oh dear, what a clanger. Stewart Downing's cross is headed back across the face of goal by John Carew but there is no danger for Wigan until James McCarthy decides to dink it into his own net. It was a nice finish, but at the wrong end.

2014: GOALFLASH Wigan 0-1 Aston Villa (McCarthy own goal)

2013: Stewart Downing's inswinging free-kick from the right is dropping under the bar until Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland pushes it over. That was a decent stop.

2012: A sniff for Chelsea, when Florent Malouda meets a high ball into the box and the ball drops for Didier Drogba on the edge of the area. His shot is goalbound but Maicon is across quickly to block.

2009: Don't get me wrong, Inter aren't afraid to come forward but they don't half get back quick, and in numbers, when they lose the ball.

2006: Chelsea still haven't really got going yet. Inter boss Jose Mourinho may have picked three strikers but his side are defending deep and proving very difficult to break down so far. They are not quite 'parking the bus' but it's not far off.

2004: Plenty of news from the DW Stadium to tell you about. Aston Villa just had an Ashley Young goal ruled out for offside and, at the other end, Maynor Figueroa sees a shot turned round the post by visiting keeper Brad Friedel. Replays show it was going wide anyway.

2001: Football League Macca: "We've goals already to cheer or jeer in the Championship. Sheffield United needed just 38 seconds to take the lead at home to Blackpool, with Richard Cresswell grabbing the early goal. Watford have lost four league games in a row but have started brightly against resurgent Ipswich, with the Hornets' Henri Lansbury putting them in front."

2000: A bit of handbags after Lucio's high boot catches Florent Malouda in the face. Didier Drogba gets involved and referee Wolfgang Stark has to step in to calm everybody down.

From Daniel in east London, via text on 81111: "Surely if Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull is as questionable as everyone says he is then all Inter need to do is give the ball to Wesley Sneijder and get him to hit it at him from his usual 30-yard screamer position?"

1957: Chelsea's best effort yet sees Michael Ballack's low shot from 25 yards out fizz an inch or two wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.

1955: Maicon finds acres of space down the right and advances into the area before lashing wildly wide of Ross Turnbull's goal. A bit of a waste that. Wigan have started brightly at the DW Stadium, where Charles N'Zogbia has just gone close for the home side.

From acmilandrew on Twitter: "I feel that who wins the battle between Drogba and Lucio will go a long way in deciding this tie."

1953: Chelsea's turn to attack ends with big shouts for a penalty when Florent Malouda runs into Lucio in the box. To be fair to Lucio, he couldn't really get out of the way. Referee Wolfgang Stark waves play on in any case.

1951: It's all very frantic at the Bridge but still no serious attempts on goal. Wesley Sneijder has just had a pop from the edge of the box but Alex bravely got in the way to protect his keeper Ross Turnbull.

1950: Tonight's only Premier League game - Wigan v Aston Villa - has just kicked off at the DW Stadium.

1949: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Stamford Bridge is awash with blue and white flags placed on seats to provide an extra layer of atmosphere. Don't see any need to artificially fire up fans with 'The Special One' back in town. The presence of Goran Pandev, Diego Milito and Samuel Eto's suggests Mourinho might just take the shackles off Inter Milan for that crucial away goal."

1947: A scrappy old start at the Bridge, where neither side have been able to hang on to the ball for long. We're three minutes in - Inter were 1-0 up at this stage in the first leg.

1945: We're off. Inter get us started... and we are under way in Sevilla too.

From Sam, a Chelsea fan in LA, via text: "Looking forward to a great game. No time for sentiments about Mourinho, he WAS a great manager for us but today he is on the the rival team. The lads have to use the Man City defeat as inspiration and not put us through agony again, especially at the Bridge."

1941: Here they come. Jose Mourinho, sat in the away dug-out for the first time, watches the Chelsea and Inter players emerge from the tunnel at Stamford Bridge.

From BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge on Twitter: "Stamford Bridge PA playing "Since You've Been Gone" as Jose lurks pitch-side signing autographs for Chelsea fans."

From gunner-zp - Rosický Returns (again)! Believe in Bendtner on 606: "Surprised at the line-up Jose's put out, very attacking, should be a few goals in this."

1933: TEAM NEWS Wigan v Aston Villa
Wigan make two changes to the side that went down 4-0 at Bolton last time out, with Hendry Thomas and Marcelo Moreno replacing Paul Scharner and Victor Moses. There is just the one change for Aston Villa, with the fit-again Gabriel Agbonlahor in for Emile Heskey up front.

1931: Around 15 minutes to go until kick-off at Stamford Bridge, where Jose Mourinho has been keeping a low profile; signing autographs and chatting with his former Chelsea charges. While you're waiting, give this page a manual refresh and Midweek Final Score will appear at the top. Magic.

From shivamlm on Twitter: "All this talk about Mourinho has taken the spotlight away from Ross Turnbull: from Boro to Champions league. hope he does well."

1927: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Inter Milan
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti makes one change to the team which beat West Ham 4-1 on Saturday. Russian left-back Yuri Zhirkov comes in for Paulo Ferreira, while third-choice goalkeeper Ross Tunbull continues between the sticks. Ricardo Carvalho is on the bench following his hamstring strain. Inter, who suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat to Catania on Friday, go with three strikers in the shape of Samuel Eto'o, Diego Milito and Goran Pandev. Argentina centre-back Walter Samuel replaces Marco Materazzi, who drops to the bench along with Dejan Stankovic and McDonald Mariga.

1924: Sevilla v CSKA Moscow
Sevilla: Palop, Stankevicius, Dragutinovic, Fazio, Fernando Navarro, Jesus Navas, Renato, Zokora, Diego Capel, Perotti, Luis Fabiano. Subs: Javi Varas, Duscher, Adriano Correia, Kanoute, Escude, Negredo, Lolo.
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Vasili Berezutsky, Alexei Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Shchennikov, Krasic, Aldonin, Semberas, Gonzalez, Honda, Necid. Subs: Chepchugov, Dzagoev, Mamaev, Odiah, Guilherme, Rahimic, Oliseh.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

From fcessiogba on Twitter: "Tonight feels bigger for Chelsea than a certain night in Moscow a few years back. This time though, there will be no tears."

1920: It's going to be a good night, but it will be even better if you lot get involved. So Tweet me, get involved on 606 or send me a 'Special' text via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Don't be shy.

1917: TEAMS Wigan v Aston Villa
Wigan: Kirkland, Boyce, Caldwell, Bramble, Figueroa, Thomas, McCarthy, Diame, N'Zogbia, Moreno, Rodallega. Subs: Stojkovic, Amaya, Scharner, Scotland, Moses, Gomez, Sinclair.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew. Subs: Guzan, Luke Young, Sidwell, Delfouneso, Delph, Heskey, Beye.
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

1915: Plenty going on elsewhere tonight too. The other Champions League clash of the evening sees Sevilla take on CSKA Moscow in a tie that is finely poised after their 1-1 draw in the first leg while, in the Premier League, relegation-battling Wigan host top-four hopefuls Aston Villa. What else? A full programme in the Championship and a few games in League One and League Two too.

1913: Anyway, enough about Mourinho (for now, I might mention him later if that's all right?). Let's get down to business. Chelsea have reached the semi-finals (at least) of the Champions League in five of the last six seasons but, if they are to progress tonight, they will have to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at the San Siro.

1912: TEAMS Chelsea v Inter Milan
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Zhirkov, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Taylor, Carvalho, Joe Cole, Kalou, Sturridge, Belletti, Bruma.
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Sneijder, Motta, Pandev, Eto'o, Milito. Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Stankovic, Quaresma, Mariga, Materazzi, Santon.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

1911: Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti on how the return of Jose Mourinho to the club might affect his team: "I'm sure they're not distracted by his return. For Mourinho, it'll be a special evening. The fans will give him a very good reception, one he deserves. But the match will be another thing. All the Chelsea players and Inter players are focused on the game, an important game. The other things they're not interested in."

1909: Jose hasn't changed one bit has he? Does English football still miss him? You bet it does. By the way, Mourinho has promised not to celebrate should Inter triumph tonight, so don't expect any sprints down the touchline...

From fourfootedchallenge on 606: "Jose will be doing his famous touchline dance at around 9.45pm tonight."

No regrets for Mourinho

1904: Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho on his return to former club Chelsea, for the first time since they sacked him in 2007, for tonight's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie: "Everybody knows Mourinho doesn't lose at Stamford Bridge. My record is unbeatable. It is amazing - we were so strong for such a long time."

1901 GMT: Love him or hate him, you just cannot ignore him. Yep, the 'Special One' is back in town... and no, I'm not talking about Emile Heskey's return to Wigan.

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16 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 30 46 66
2 Chelsea 29 42 64
3 Arsenal 30 38 64
4 Tottenham 29 25 52
5 Liverpool 30 19 51
6 Man City 28 17 50
7 Aston Villa 28 17 49
8 Birmingham 29 -1 44
9 Everton 29 4 42
10 Fulham 29 0 38
11 Stoke 29 -5 36
12 Blackburn 29 -17 34
13 Bolton 30 -18 32
14 Sunderland 29 -8 31
15 Wigan 30 -31 28
16 West Ham 29 -12 27
17 Wolves 29 -24 27
18 Burnley 30 -32 24
19 Hull 29 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 29 -26 19

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