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Wednesday football as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times GMT)

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By Sam Lyon

2210: All that's left for us tonight, then, is to reflect on a few cracking last-16 Champions League encounters, practice our mental arithmetic, and then look ahead to the draw for the quarter-finals. In case you've just joined me and are too lazy to read down 12 entries, it's on Friday morning at 1100 GMT and I'll be your host right here on this website, I imagine, from around 1000 GMT. Excited? You will be. Until then, thanks for your company, you're all legends. Bye.

DavePayn on Twitter: "Regarding sums, I was once asked if I needed to buy a pocket calculator. I told them I already knew how many pockets I had."
Ba dom boom boom... tish!

2205: CHELSEA 0-0 FC COPENHAGEN (agg 2-0)
Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"For all their goalscoring riches in Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres, the only thing Chelsea's play lacked against Copenhagen was a goal. But they are through to the Champions League last eight so job done."

2201: REAL MADRID 3-0 LYON (agg 4-1)
Les Roopanarine reports:
"This might be the first time in seven years that Real Madrid, nine-time winners, have made the last eight - but make no mistake, this was a thoroughly deserved victory by a side who grew in stature and confidence as the match wore on."

2158: Time, then, to hear from our match reporters...

2155: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti on ITV: "All my strikers (Torres, Anelka and Drogba) are fantastic players. But we didn't need to score tonight. We had a lot of opportunities to score - but we reached out objective. I will decide game by game [on his strike pairing] and I can do that because we have a fantastic squad."

OptaJoe on Twitter: "No goalless Champions League game from 2006-07 onwards has seen as many shots as Chelsea's match with Copenhagen this evening (37)."

whitemike_89 on Twitter: "Re: 2140 - if it's a Chelsea/Spurs final, I won't just eat my hat, I'll devour my entire wardrobe."

WhitbreadN on Twitter: "As a United fan would love Schalke, got a feeling about Chelsea though... and Barca v Real would be superb!"

2150: A couple of Real Madrid stats for you, courtesy of Infostrada Sports - not only is Jose Mourinho's side unbeaten in their last nine Champions League matches, equalling their club record in the competition set between September 2003 and March 2004, but the Spanish giants have always won the Champions Cup in years in which they have knocked out a French opponent.

Anon via text: "Didn't use a calculator...... Whatever."

2145: Well done one and all on your ability to use a calculator. Your maths teachers are all bursting with pride tonight and no mistake.

2144: Yes, the answer was 105.15.

2143: The draw for those quarter-finals, by the way, takes place on Friday morning from around 1100 GMT. Your host on the BBC Sport website for that? Only Sam Lyon, that's who. I imagine a few more sums may be in the offing - tonight's was apparently far too easy.

2140: And so we now know our Champions League quarter-finalists - Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Schalke, Shakhtar and Tottenham. Two London clubs in the last eight in a year when the final is at Wembley? They couldn't... could they?

Full time
2137: FULL-TIME Real Madrid 3-0 Lyon (agg 4-1)

2136: FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-0 FC Copenhagen (agg 2-0)

2135: And two minutes of stoppage time at the Bernabeu.

2133: We'll have three (I'm guessing fairly eventless) minutes of injury time at Stamford Bridge.

2130: Didier Drogba is officially embarrassed as his latest effort at goal flies a million miles off target. Give or take a couple of miles.

BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull in the Santiago Bernabeu: "I'm not a fan of bullfighting but there are plenty here that definitely are with Real getting the accolades accorded to a successful matador as the crowd chant, 'Ole,Ole,' while the ball gets passed expertly around. Lyon are being toyed with, being left to chase their tails after that Di Maria goal."

2127: Approaching the last five minutes at Stamford Bridge, and while the nation works out 1367 divided by 13, Chelsea are continuing to work out how to get the ball in the Copenhagen net. Without success.

BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Big cheers for Cristiano Ronaldo as he leaves the pitch, hanging on for 10 minutes more than most people expected. However, apart from setting up Benzema for Real's second goal, he really didn't do very much after halftime and looked very uncomfortable as he left the field. Have Real brought him back too soon? Will he be fit to face Atletico in the local derby on Saturday night?"

punntz on Twitter: "RE 2119. Why, did we all get it wrong?"
How the blooming hell would I know? Ha. Though the fact that some of you have gone to the trouble of answering to within a 20th decimal point convinces me somewhat I must say. Seriously.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Real Madrid goal: Bish bash bosh and Real Madrid are certainties for the last eight for the first time since 2004. Mesut Ozil's flick releases Angel di Maria and the Argentine clips past the advancing Hugo Lloris to make the game safe. Jose Mourinho's golden touch remains very much... golden.

2120: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 3-0 Lyon (agg 4-1) (Di Maria)

2119: The amount of people sending me the answer to the sum I proposed at 2109 worries me. Deeply.

2118: That's the last action of Cristiano Ronaldo's evening, the Portuguese forward replaced with just over 15 minutes remaining at the Bernabeu.

2117: Hhmm... maybe Lyon aren't quite done and dusted just yet, Bafetimbi Gomis's pile-driver from the right forcing Iker Casillas into a reaction stop, the Real keeper tipping over the bar on the stretch.

2116: Enforced change for FC Copenhagen now as Martin Vingaard limps from the field. Much like my last pennies ahead of pay-day, the Danes look well and truly spent.

2113: Oh it should be 3-0 in Madrid, Mesut Ozil laying Karim Benzema in on goal once more but the Frenchman clipping his finish over the bar. Lyon getting pulled all over the place here.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Real Madrid goal: Is that the match? Karim Benzema - who has six goals in his last three La Liga games - gets in behind the Lyon defence from Marcelo's pass and slips home with aplomb. That's his sixth Champions League goal this term, too.

2110: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 2-0 Lyon (agg 3-1) (Benzema)

2109: Fernando Torres is coming on for Chelsea... Nicolas Anelka the man replaced. Anelka looks a bit like someone's asked him to divide 1367 by 13... but off he goes nonetheless.

2108: Great chance for Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo slips Karim Benzema in in the box, but it's superb defending from Anthony Reveillere to get his foot in and prevent the Real frontman getting a shot off.

2105: Few signs of a Lyon rally so far in the second half over in Madrid. Has Jose Mourinho won the tactical battle in Europe once again?

2102: To be fair, their side have been pretty much battered for most of this match but the FC Copenhagen fans continue to sing their hearts out at the Bridge. At the moment, they're busting out the 12" disco version of "Copenhagen! Copenhagen!". Or something like that. Without the presence of an audible soprano it's kinda hard to decipher the lyrics a lot of the time. Apologies.

2058: Over in Madrid, Real Madrid remain the team on the front foot - Karim Benzema has had a shot drift wide and Cristiano Ronaldo a half-decent header saved. But while there's only one goal in it...

2056: How many chances do Chelsea want before they break the deadlock? Didier Drogba sets Nicolas Anelka through with a delightful pass but again the Frenchman takes too much time over his finish, allowing Copenhagen defender Mikael Antonsson to get back and block with a brilliant sliding tackle. Will Chelsea live to rue these missed chances?

Someone has struck the woodwork
2053: And from the corner, John Mikel Obi hits the bar with a header from Nicolas Anelka's flick-on. Chelsea knocking on the door, but right now nobody is home to let them in.

2053: Yet more excellent link-up play from Chelsea, another dozy finish, Nicolas Anelka dallying on the back of good work from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard before his effort is deflected behind.

2052: We're now under way again Spain, by the way. Real Madrid 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-1).

2051: Deary me, he's not in the greatest form at the moment is Didier Drogba - and this 'effort' underlines that. He's gone eight games without a goal, and now he's contrived to side-foot wide when unmarked in front of goal six yards out from Jose Bosingwa's cross. Did I just see the hint of a smile on Fernando Torres's face?

2049: Less prompt in Madrid, where the home players are currently having something like a mother's meeting in the tunnel, leaving Lyon all on their lonesome on the Bernabeu pitch. Mourinho mind-games?

2048: Nice and prompt at Stamford Bridge, we're back up and running. Chelsea 0-0 FC Copenhagen (agg 2-0).

James via text: "Mainly id like to see Real Madrid v an English team, just for the comedy and drama of Mourinho!"

2042: Predicting random draws... one of life's best-yet-utterly-pointless exercises?

Brad_Boom on Twitter: "Quarter-final predictions... Barcalona v Tottenham, Man Utd v Shalke, Chelsea v Inter Milan, Real Madrid v Shaktar Donetsk."

Half time
2038: HALF-TIME Real Madrid 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-1)
Les Roopanarine's HT snapshot:
"Marcelo's superb opener further embellishes Real Madrid's tradition of buccaneering left-backs, but Lyon have given a good account of themselves so far and, on the evidence of the first half, the tie is far from over."

supermez on Twitter: "Torres must be itching to get on. Chelsea consistently getting through, just need someone to step up and put the ball away."

FuadAhmed24 on Twitter: "DREAM DRAW: Barcelona-Real Madrid, Chelsea-Man United, Inter Milan-Tottenham, and the Big One Schalke-Shakhtar."
I admire you sticking your neck out mate, but I don't agree that any of those ties could be considered as 'dream' haha. Yet, anyway.

Half time
2036: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Copenhagen (agg 2-0)
Mandeep Sanghera's HT snapshot:
"Chelsea have produced some eye-catching football but have lacked a cutting edge, which almost proved costly when a Copenhagen chance hit the post."

BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Well, the Ultra Sur (Real's hardcore supporters) at the south end certainly enjoyed Marcelo's goal. They are in fine voice again with a local version of that old football chant 'We're All Going to Wembley'. BTW if Real hold on to win and come out of the quarter-final draw against Barca on Friday, the two Spanish giants will face each other three times in eight days as the pair are also scheduled to meet in La Liga on April 17 and then, three days later, in the Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) final."

2033: The half-time whistles blow in Madrid and London.

2031: Chelsea break again - they've looked good for a goal all half - but this time Didier Drogba's attempted left-foot curler from Frank Lampard's pass is easily held in the Copenhagen goal by Johan Wiland.

2030: Back at Stamford Bridge and Johan Wiland owes his full-back Pierre Bengtsson a bid sloppy kiss, the keeper mindlessly coming out of goal intending to clear and almost being beaten to it by Nicolas Anelka, only for Bengtsson to just nip in and get the ball away. If he hadn't, it looked a certain goal for Anelka.

2027: And it's almost 2-0 Real! Marcelo is the thorn in Lyon's side again with a purposeful break down the left, his cut-back met with a bounce-finish by Karim Benzema, the Frenchman's effort tipped over brilliantly by Hugo Lloris.

2026: Decent time for that Real Madrid goal if you're a fan of Jose Mourinho's boys because Lyon were just starting to build a head of steam there. Not that it changes the visitors' modus operandi tonight - they started the match having to score, and they still have to score.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Real Madrid goal: Beauty. Brazilian international left-back Marcelo drives at the Lyon defence, swaps passes with Cristiano Ronaldo, dances around a defender and clips the opening goal into the far corner from 16 yards out. Breakthrough.

2023: GOALFLASH Real Madrid 1-0 Lyon (agg 2-1) (Marcelo)

2019: Another fabulous Chelsea move, another near-miss, Didier Drogba releasing Nicolas Anelka, who cuts back and lays it to Yuri Zhirkov to fire wide under pressure and on the stretch.

2018: Over half an hour gone in both games, but no goals. As it stands, Chelsea and Real Madrid join Barcelona, Inter Milan, Man Utd, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham in the last eight.

2014: Real getting closer. Cristiano Ronaldo cuts in from the right before sending in a vicious curled effort that Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris tips over in athletic style.

BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull in the Santiago Bernabeu: "You might not be able to see this if you are watching the match on TV but there seems to be a regular verbals between Real's Karim Benzema and a few of the Lyon guys. Remember Benzema played there for five seasons. I would be surprised if the Slovenian referee (does he understand French?) isn't keeping an eye on this."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2012: Wowzers. Out of nowhere FC Copenhagen rattle the Chelsea woodwork, Dame N'Doye's superb 25-yard free-kick wrong-footing Petr Cech and smashing the keeper's far post.

2011: I tell you what, Jose Mourinho's a handsome chap isn't he. The Bernabeu touchlines are the Portuguese's very own catwalks tonight, Mourinho sporting the latest in trenchcoat fashion. Daddy cool.

2008: First save of the night for Real keeper Iker Casillas, the Spaniard scrambling Cesar Delgado's curled 18-yarder around the post with relative ease.

2006: Scrap the previous entry - THAT'S the move of the night so far from Chelsea. Ramires picks Yuri Zhirkov out with a lovely ball and the Russian surges at the FC Copenhagen defence before slipping a sublime defence-splitter through for Nicolas Anelka, the Frenchman only denied by Johan Wiland's outstretched hand one-on-one.

2004: Oh, move of the night so far from Chelsea, Didier Drogba driving into the box, back-heeling to Ashley Cole who squares to Yuri Zhirkov, the Russian's side-footed effort drifting narrowly wide of the far post. Decent build-up, iffy finish.

2003: Chance for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu - Mesut Ozil's whipped free-kick met by Cristiano Ronaldo's flick header, the effort held by Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris.

2001: Twice in two minutes a bright Chelsea attack is halted prematurely by Nicolas Anelka being called offside. The second of those, at least, FC Copenhagen got lucky, mind.

1959: It's a lively ol' start in both games in fact. Our opening goal can't be too far away I reckon (note *kiss of death*)(If you believe in that)(Which you shouldn't, cos it's rubbish obviously).

1956: Didier Drogba tries his luck from 22 yards... his low shot saved well by Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland.

1954: But Chelsea look full of venom at the other end, Didier Drogba's fine flick setting Ashley Cole clear on the left only for the full-back to get caught in two minds between a cross and a shot, eventually firing into the side netting.

1953: Here come Copenhagen at the Bridge with their first attack, Martin Vingaard making the most of a wayward Frank Lampard pass and bursting at goal, his progress only halted by a Jose Bosingwa foul. The free-kick, 22 yards out, comes to nothing though.

1951: Back at the Bernabeu, Marcelo pings in a fierce, low shot that forces Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris into a smart stop at his near post - and Real Madrid look a team full of intent so far.

1950: And it's an equally bright start for Chelsea, who already have FC Copenhagen on the back foot. Frank Lampard, in fact, is presented with a fine chance from Ashley Cole's cross six yards out but he gets his finish all wrong and clips it past the near post. Could have done better there, the midfielder.

1948: No signs of bus-parking at the Bernabeu from Real Madrid just yet and the hosts are into their stride well nice and early. Cristiano Ronaldo, as you'd expect, very much to the fore in the opening stages.

1946: We are up and running in our last two Champions League last-16 encounters.

1945: First, as yesterday, a minute's silence in tribute to those affected by the Japan earthquake.

1944: Right then, pre-amble over with, you ready?

1943: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti: "The first leg in Copenhagen was an important game for us. It was a turning point in our season and it gave us the confidence to go on and beat Manchester United, then Blackpool; it was a big moment for us. We are ready to fight for the rest of the season now." FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken: "We need a miracle or two and we have not been at our best after the winter break. I want us to fight to the end."

1941: Fashion watch: The teams are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea resplendent in Blue, FC Copenhagen... let's say, erm, dazzling in bright pink. What a kit that is. More traditional fare at the Bernabeu - white for Real, blue for Lyon. Classy.

BBC Sport European Football blogger Phil Minshull in the Santiago Bernabeu: "Cristiano Ronaldo predictably gets the biggest cheers as the Real team is announced. The former World Player of the Year injured his hamstring two weeks ago and it's his first game back. However the word from the Real Madrid dressing room is that Sr Mourinho only expects him to last for about 60 minutes."

Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "The last time Real Madrid reached the last eight of the Champions League they drew their first leg of this round 1-1. They went on to beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the second leg to progress to the 2003/2004 quarter-finals."

Alex, Winchester via text: "Torres to come off the bench and score a hat-trick. You heard it here first."

1938: CHELSEA v COPENHAGEN (1945)
Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Does anyone believe that FC Copenhagen can overturn a 2-0 deficit at Chelsea? Hmmm...tough to see it happening, especially considering the Blues have lost only one of their last 25 Champions League games at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will be out to see off the Danes to book a last eight spot for the sixth time in eight seasons. Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken says it will take a "miracle or two" for his side to beat Chelsea but, if Copenhagen are to go out, he wants his team to do so fighting.."

1934: REAL MADRID v LYON (1945)
Les Roopanarine reports:
"If you hear the sound of an engine at the Bernabeu tonight, don't be alarmed - it'll just be Jose Mourinho parking the bus. After a 1-1 draw at the Stade de Gerland, Mourinho's Real Madrid side need only a goalless draw to progress. With Cristiano Ronaldo returning and Lyon old boy Karim Benzema in red-hot form, Madridistas will doubtless expect even better, but that may be optimistic. Lyon are unbeaten in three Champions League jousts with Real, whom they eliminated at the same stage last year, and they are unlikely to make life easy for the nine-times champions."

Avonspurs on Twitter: "Jose Mourinho will come to Spurs after Harry Redknapp takes the England job. Then he'll win the Champions League and Premier League in his first season!"

Vince, Peterboro via text: "I just don't understand why Salomon Kalou doesn't get more starts for Chelsea. He is their most prolific goalscorer in Premier League for them this season."

1929: And another point of interest tonight - how will Chelsea skipper John Terry fare amid reports he is to be reinstated as England captain? He might not be top of Rio Ferdinand's Christmas card list, but not a bad night for him to underline his leadership qualities, huh?

1926: Anyone else mulling over which is the better game to watch tonight? With my Brit hat on, it's got to be Chelsea, but with my football-enthusiast-as-a-neutral hat on, it's Real Madrid v Lyon any day. If you agree, you'll want to read Al Magowan's tactical analysis ahead of that match so you know your Jeremy Toulalans from your Karim Benzemas. Not that you lot don't know the differences already - you're a right ol' brainy bunch, I know that.

1921: REAL MADRID v LYON (1945)
Les Roopanarine reports:
"There's no doubt where the main interest lies in the Real Madrid line-up, as Cristiano Ronaldo starts following a two-match injury absence. Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho return in defence for Jose Mourinho's side, while Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, both second-half substitutes in the 2-0 home win against Hercules at the weekend, are restored in midfield. Lyon are likewise boosted by the return of previously absent friends, with playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and Brazil centre-half Cris both back from the treatment room. Cesar Delgado and Jimmy Briand will supply the ammunition for Lisandro Lopez, who is in a rich vein of from just now, while Michel Bastos is suspended."

Raj, east London, via text: "Me thinks 'the Special One' will wait till Sir Alex Ferguson retires before making his come back to premier league to take over Man Utd. Legend."

1917: CHELSEA v FC COPENHAGEN (1945)
Mandeep Sanghera reports:
"Chelsea's £50m striker Fernando Torres is on the bench against Copenhagen. Instead, Didier Drogba starts up front as fellow forward Nicolas Anelka also returns to the starting line-up after not playing in the win over Blackpool in Chelsea's last outing. David Luiz is ineligible so Bransilav Ivanovic is to partner John Terry in central defence. FC Copenhagen centre-back Mikael Antonsson starts after overcoming a buttock injury but full-back Zdenek Pospech is suspended."

1914: By the way, in the week that social networking revolution Twitter celebrates its fifth birthday... bit ironic it's playing up tonight isn't it? Or is it just me? I feel like I've had my right arm chopped off here without all your banter. Tweet me @sampatricklyon and let me know you're out there will you...?

OptaJoe on Twitter: "Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has netted seven goals in just six Champions League appearances this season. Europhile."

1911: In news away from tonight's matches, by the way, BBC Sport understands Chelsea are close to signing a pre-agreement for Sao Paulo 17-year-old Lucas Piazon - dubbed 'the new Kaka' with the playmaker expected to move to London once he has turned 18 - i.e. in time for the next January transfer window'. In other other news, Fulham have confirmed a commemorative statue of late musician and performer Michael Jackson is being erected at Craven Cottage at the behest of chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. Gosh. So... many... jokes...

Jamie, Harrow, via text: "If Copenhagen can get an early goal, this tie is far from over."

DerbyTho on Twitter: "Carlo [Ancelotti] got us the double but I'd give anything to see The Special One back at Stamford Bridge!"

1908: REAL MADRID v LYON (1945)
Real Madrid:
Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Diarra, Granero, Canales, Arbeloa, Albiol, Adebayor.
Lyon: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Lovren, Cissokho, Briand, Gourcuff, Toulalan, Kallstrom, Delgado, Lopez. Subs: Vercoutre, Diakhate, Pjanic, Kolodzieczak, Gomis, Gonalons, Pied.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

shivamLM on Twitter: "Welcome back to Stamford Bridge Jesper Gronkjaer."

gooner26 via text: "This would've been a good game for Torres to play methinks. No pressure, average opponents.....he MIGHT have even scored a goal too!"

1905: CHELSEA v FC COPENHAGEN (1945)
Chelsea:
Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Zhirkov, Anelka, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Torres, Malouda, Ferreira, Kalou, McEachran.
FC Copenhagen: Wiland, Wendt, Jorgensen, Antonsson, Bengtsson, Bolanos, Claudemir, Kvist, Vingaard, Gronkjaer, Ndoye. Subs: Christensen, Bergvold, Santin, Kristensen, Zohore, Hooiveld, Delaney.
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

1903: By the way, without wishing the sack on anyone, how good would it be to have Jose Mourinho back as a Premier League manager? Huh? Answers on a postcard please...

jimbohammers on Twitter: "A perfect chance for Fernando Torres to get his first Chelsea goal and he is on the bench? Confused."

1900: And this is how you get your names up on this here page... Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me direct @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK). Easy life.

1857: TEAM NEWS SNAP
Fernando Torres starts on the bench for Chelsea v FC Copenhagen, with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba paired up front. Yuri Zhirkov gets a rare start on the left of a four-man midfield.

1855: Here, then, is your order of play this evening...
Chelsea v FC Copenhagen (agg 2-0)
Real Madrid v Lyon (agg 1-1)
Both matches kick off at 1945 GMT

1853: TEAM NEWS SNAP
Cristiano Ronaldo returns from injury to start for Real Madrid, who leave Emmanuel Adebayor on the bench. Yoann Gourcuff is back in the Lyon XI for the match at the Bernabeu.

1852: And to make matters all the worse for Carlo Ancelotti is the fact that in tonight's other Champions League match - the one that, you know, actually looks a veritable barn-stormer in the making - Jose Mourinho, recent history's don of Champions League success, will oversee Real Madrid's efforts to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years against Lyon on his way to what would be a record-breaking third European Cup trophy with a third club. Oh yes, and the Portuguese is being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge next season, too. Exactly a year since his Inter dumped Ancelotti's Chelsea out of the cup. Throw all that in the melting pot and you've got two fixtures jam-packed full of interest and intrigue. Welcome.

1848: Of course Carlo Ancelotti won't fail, will he? At least not tonight - his Chelsea side look cast-iron bankers for the last eight of the competition as they host FC Copenhagen defending a 2-0 first-leg lead that should ensure a night's work more comfortable than a pair of Christmas slippers. But with the Premier League title looking a tough ol' ask and the Blues getting nowhere in the domestic cups, many believe that Champions League glory is the only thing that can save Ancelotti's job this season. And you thought tonight was a little more than a cakewalk for the amiable Italian didn't you?

1845: Seven-and-a-half years and counting, more than £600m spent, five different managers... and still Roman Abramovich's wait for Champions League glory goes on. The Chelsea owner has made little secret of the fact that Europe's finest cup competition remains his 'raison d'etre' in football, and yet despite his huge investment, more comings and goings than you can shake a stick at, and a near-miss-to-beat-all-near-misses in 2008, the Russian has yet to get his hands on that beautiful elephant-eared trophy. Gawd help 'current' Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti if he fails this season, right?



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