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Match facts: Chelsea v Napoli

Published: Sunday 11 March 2012, 21.45CET
Match facts: Chelsea v Napoli
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Published: Sunday 11 March 2012, 21.45CET

Match facts: Chelsea v Napoli

Chelsea

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Raul Meireles serves a one-match ban in the second leg; David Luiz will incur a suspension with his next booking.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 10 March: Chelsea FC 1-0 Stoke City FC (Drogba 68)
Čech; Ivanović (David Luiz 46), Cahill, Terry, Cole; Meireles (Mata 38), Mikel (Sturridge 67); Ramires, Lampard, Kalou; Drogba.

• Didier Drogba's 100th Premier League goal earned Chelsea victory after Stoke had Ricardo Fuller sent off (25).

• It was Chelsea's second win in seven league games, and only their seventh in 18 matches in all competitions.

• The Blues have conceded once in four games since losing in Naples, in a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion FC on 3 March.

• The day after that loss Chelsea dismissed manager André Villas-Boas with the club fifth in the Premier League having won just three of their previous 12 matches. His assistant Roberto Di Matteo was placed in charge on an interim basis until the end of the season, with former Blues midfielder Eddie Newton joining the backroom staff.

• Di Matteo's first game in charge was a 2-0 win at Birmingham City FC in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on 6 March, with goals from Juan Mata and Meireles. Chelsea will host another second-tier side, Leicester City FC, in the quarter-finals on 18 March.

• Mata had a penalty saved at Birmingham; Chelsea have failed to convert five of their nine spot kicks this season.

• Chelsea, who have lifted the cup in three of the past six seasons, have lost only two of their last 31 FA Cup matches – one of those was on spot kicks.

• Frank Lampard's goal in the 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers FC on 25 February made him the first player to score ten or more in nine successive Premier League seasons.

Injury news
• John Terry (out since 28 January, knee) and Ashley Cole (3 March, ankle) returned to the starting XI against Stoke.

• José Bosingwa has been out since the first leg at Napoli on 21 February with a hamstring problem.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers FC), Michael Essien, Ryan Bertrand
Out: Alex (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua FC), Josh McEachran (Swansea City FC, loan), Hilário

• Chelsea signed Kevin De Bruyne from KRC Genk in January, although the winger will spend the rest of the season back on loan at the Belgian club before moving to London in the summer.

Miscellaneous
• On 5 March, Ramires signed a new contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2017.

• Gary Cahill (England 2-3 Netherlands) and Florent Malouda (Germany 1-2 France) both scored international goals on 29 February. Branislav Ivanović got Serbia's second in a 2-0 defeat of Armenia 24 hours earlier.

• Salomon Kalou and Drogba were part of the Ivory Coast side that finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations. Drogba missed a penalty in normal time in the final against Zambia but converted in the 8-7 shoot-out defeat.

Napoli

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Christian Maggio, Edinson Cavani and Salvatore Aronica will incur a suspension with their next cautions.

Latest domestic information
Friday 9 March: SSC Napoli 6-3 Cagliari Calcio (Hamšík 10, Cannavaro 19, Astori og 30, Lavezzi 56pen,
Gargano 70, Maggio 84;  Larrivey 37 77 90+2)

De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Zúñiga, Gargano (Vargas 74), Inler, Dossena; Hamšík (Maggio 63), Lavezzi (Cavani 59); Pandev.

• Paolo Cannavaro headed in his first goal of the season as the Partenopei claimed a sixth consecutive victory, their longest winning sequence since Maradona inspired a run of seven in a row in January/February 1988.

• Friday's win, the highest aggregate score in Serie A since May 2005, was the second time this season Napoli have registered six in a game after the 6-1 defeat of Genoa CFC on 21 December. Before this term, Walter Mazzarri's team had not achieved that feat since 16 December 2000, when they beat Reggina Calcio 6-2.

• Ezequiel Lavezzi scored only Napoli's third successful penalty from seven attempts this season. Cavani has converted two out of four, Marek Hamšík none out of two and Lavezzi one from one.

• Lavezzi has scored in each of Napoli's last five games – six goals in all – including the sole strike against FC Internazionale Milano on 26 February and a late winner away to Parma FC a week later.

• Cavani has registered six goals in his last seven games for club and country, and 19 in his last 23 outings.

• Mazzarri's side have drawn ten Serie A games already this term; they drew seven times last season en route to a third-place finish.

• Napoli trail AC Siena 2-1 after the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final; the return takes place on 21 March.

Injury news
• Miguel Britos missed the Cagliari game after receiving a knock against Parma to the same area of his foot that he fractured  in August's 5-0 friendly loss to FC Barcelona, which ruled him out until 12 January.

• Gianluca Grava was taken off before half-time at Parma with a right thigh injury and played no part on Friday.

• Eduardo Vargas, who missed the first leg with a twisted ankle, was an unused substitute against Parma and returned to action in Chile's 1-1 draw with Ghana on 29 February.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In:
Miguel Britos, Cristiano Lucarelli, Eduardo Vargas (CFP Universidad de Chile)
Out: Mario Santana (AC Cesena, loan), Giuseppe Mascara (Novara Calcio), Ignacio Fideleff

Miscellaneous
• Hamšík signed a one-year contract extension last week, tying him to the club until June 2016.

• On 29 February, Hugo Campagnaro made his Argentina debut alongside club-mate Federico Fernández in a 3-1 win against a Switzerland side featuring Gökhan Inler and Blerim Dzemaili.

• Last week 11 Tibetan goats at Naples zoo were named after Partenopei players; a newborn donkey was called 'Pocho', Lavezzi's nickname.

Last updated: 13/03/12 18.38CET

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