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Match facts: Chelsea v Inter

Published: Saturday 13 March 2010, 20.45CET delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of each UEFA Champions League match, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and a host of eye-catching runs and records.
Match facts: Chelsea v Inter
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Published: Saturday 13 March 2010, 20.45CET

Match facts: Chelsea v Inter delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of each UEFA Champions League match, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and a host of eye-catching runs and records.


UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Chelsea have had 63 shots wide to date, more than any other team ahead of the last-16 second legs.

• Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou will incur a suspension with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 13 March: Chelsea FC 4-1 West Ham United FC (Alex 16, Drogba 56 90, Malouda 77; Parker 30)
Turnbull; Ivanović (Zhirkov 80), Alex, Terry, Ferreira; Mikel, Lampard, Malouda (Kalou 87), Ballack; Anelka (Joe Cole 66), Drogba.

• With Michael Ballack back following suspension, Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League courtesy of an ultimately comfortable victory over London neighbours West Ham, for whom former Blues midfielder Scott Parker levelled the scores in the first half.

• Two goals for Didier Drogba took his Premier League tally to 21 from 24 appearances this term, his highest total in England's top flight since joining Chelsea in 2004. Overall, he has struck 27 times in 33 outings for the club this season, already his second best haul in six seasons at Stamford Bridge. The 31-year-old hit 33 goals in 60 appearances in 2006/07.

• Parker's strike meant Chelsea have now conceded more times this season than in any full Premier League campaign since 2003/04.

• With both Petr Čech and Henrique Hilário injured, Ross Turnbull made his Premier League debut for Chelsea against the Hammers. The 25-year-old joined from Middlesbrough FC last summer and made his UEFA Champions League bow in the 2-2 draw with APOEL FC on 8 December.

• After losing at Inter in the first leg, Chelsea suffered a second successive defeat as Manchester City FC brought the London club's 37-game unbeaten home run to a halt with a 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on 27 February. Chelsea ended with nine men following red cards for Juliano Belletti and Ballack.

• Chelsea's previous home defeat had come against Arsenal FC, a 2-1 league loss on 30 November 2008. Carlo Ancelotti's men recorded 29 wins and eight draws at Stamford Bridge before the City reverse.

• The Blues had won 18 of their 20 previous home games in all competitions this term prior to that setback, including the seven preceding City's visit. They have now scored 68 goals at Stamford Bridge this season, conceding 16.

• Chelsea have scored at least twice in 25 of their last 33 Premier League matches.

• Ancelotti's side reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the fourth time in five years with a 2-0 win against Stoke City FC at Stamford Bridge on 7 March. They will face Aston Villa FC at Wembley in the last four on 10 April.

UEFA Champions League squad
Rhys Taylor


Injury news
• Juliano Belletti – out 23 January to 27 February (knee)
• Alex – out 13 February to 7 March (knee)
• Yuri Zhirkov – out 20 February to 13 March (calf)
• José Bosingwa – out 26 September to 10 October (hamstring) and since 17 October (knee)
• Michael Essien – out 8 December to 15 January (hamstring) and since 17 January (knee)
• Deco – out 16 December to 23 January (groin) and since 2 February (knee)
• Ashley Cole – out since 10 February (ankle)
• Petr Čech – out since 24 February (torn calf muscle)
• Ricardo Carvalho – out since 27 February (hamstring)
• Henrique Hilário – out since 7 March (groin)

• Zhirkov came on for Branislav Ivanović with 80 minutes gone against West Ham; Deco was an unused substitute.

• Hilário suffered a groin injury during the cup win over Stoke.

• Čech was ruled out for "three to four weeks", according to the club, after tearing a calf muscle during the first leg with Inter.

• On 5 March, Chelsea confirmed Bosingwa will miss the rest of the season, and the FIFA World Cup, after it was decided his troublesome left knee needs a second operation.

• John Terry was included in both the user's Teams of the Year 2009 and the FIFA/FIFPro World XI.

• Drogba was named African Footballer of the Year for 2009 in Ghana on 11 March, the day of his 32nd birthday; he had previously received the honour in 2006. Team-mate Essien finished third behind Inter's Samuel Eto'o.

• Portugal's Deco has announced he will retire from international football after this summer's World Cup.

• On 3 March, Hilário made a belated international debut at the age of 34, coming on as a half-time substitute in Portugal's 2-0 defeat of China.

• Čech was named Czech Republic Player of the Year for 2009 on 2 March, collecting the prize for the third time following his awards in 2005 and 2008.


UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Thiago Motta, Walter Samuel, Maicon, Lucio and Javier Zanetti are all within a booking of a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Friday 12 March: Calcio Catania 3-1 FC Internazionale Milano (Maxi López 74, Mascara 81pen, Martínez 90; Milito 54)
Júlio César; Zanetti, Materazzi, Lucio, Maicon; Mariga (Quaresma 45), Cambiasso (Muntari 79), Stanković (Pandev 77); Sneijder; Eto'o, Milito.

• José Mourinho made four changes to the lineup that drew 0-0 with Genoa CFC on 7 March. Switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-1-2, Mourinho brought Marco Materazzi in for the suspended Samuel at centre-back, while in midfield MacDonald Mariga and Esteban Cambiasso came in for Sulley Muntari and Goran Pandev. Up front, the injured Mario Balotelli was replaced by Samuel Eto'o.

• Muntari lasted just two minutes after coming on for Cambiasso 11 minutes from the end. Two yellow cards quickly ended his participation, with the second – for handball – leading to Giuseppe Mascara's penalty strike.

• Diego Milito had earlier fired his 16th effort in 26 Serie A appearances since joining Inter last summer, taking his overall tally in Italy's top flight to 40 goals in 57 games following his 24 efforts in 31 outings for Genoa.

• His contribution was not enough to extend Inter's run of 17 matches without defeat in all competitions since succumbing 2-1 at Juventus on 5 December 2009. The loss was their first in 2010 and their third in the league this term.

• The Nerazzurri have now won just one of their last six Serie A contests, drawing four. The victory in that sequence came four days after the first leg with Chelsea, when first-half goals from Balotelli, Maicon and Milito sealed a 3-2 triumph at Udinese Calcio.

• The Italian titleholders have gone 38 matches unbeaten at home in all competitions since a 1-0 loss to Panathinaikos FC in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 26 November 2008. On their travels, they have won just twice in their last nine outings and suffered three defeats.

• Mourinho has not lost a home league fixture since 23 February 2002, when SC Beira-Mar overcame his FC Porto side 3-2, 131 games ago.

• Inter have kept clean sheets in nine of their last 16 games.

• The Nerazzurri lead ACF Fiorentina 1-0 ahead of the away leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on 14 April.

• Zanetti has not missed a Serie A game since 28 October 2006, a run of 134 consecutive matches. The Inter captain has appeared in 162 games in a row in the league and UEFA Champions League.

UEFA Champions League squad
Goran Pandev
Marko Arnautovic
McDonald Mariga (Parma FC)

Patrick Vieira (Manchester City FC)
David Suazo (Genoa CFC, loan)
Mancini (AC Milan, loan)

• Arnautovic joined on loan from FC Twente in August but was not included in Inter's group-stage squad.

Injury news
• Dejan Stanković - out 9 January to 20 February (calf)
• Marco Materazzi - out 10-28 February (left thigh)
• Christian Chivu - out since 6 January (fractured skull)
• Davide Santon – out since 14 February (right knee)
• Thiago Motta – out since 6 March (thigh)
• Marko Arnautovic – out since 11 March (flu)
• Mario Balotelli - out 10-24 February (foot blisters) and since 11 March (knee)

• Chivu fractured his skull in a clash of heads with AC Chievo Verona's Sergio Pellissier.

• Balotelli suffered a blow to his right knee during a training session ahead of the Catania game.

• Inter dominated the Oscar del Calcio ceremony on 18 January. Former forward Zlatan Ibrahimović was named best player and best foreign player of the year, Júlio César took the goalkeeping honours, Milito won the fan award and Mourinho received the title of best coach.

• Inter celebrated their 102nd birthday on 9 March, having been founded on the same day in 1908. On 18 February, club president Massimo Moratti marked 15 years since succeeding his father Angelo as Inter owner.

• Eto'o finished second in the running for the 2009 African Footballer of the Year award, won by Chelsea's Didier Drogba in Ghana on 11 March.

Last updated: 14/03/10 19.56CET

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