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Champions League Progress

Chelsea will play Porto in a Champions League knockout tie.

mourinho_e On hearing the draw that will take his Chelsea side back to the club he made European Champions in 2004, Mourinho said:

"A draw is a draw and especially in the last 16 of the Champions League you know a good team is coming your way. Porto is a team with tradition in European football and is a team with ambition so they deserve respect from us and they will have it. 

"Do we want to go to the quarter-final?'", he asked. "Of course. Are we confident? 100 per cent. But I repeat only a good Chelsea playing at a high level will do it. It is two months to the first leg so it is time to forget the Champions League and concentrate on domestic competitions."

Having tried a succession of foreign coaches to take Mourinho's place since his departure, Porto are back in Portuguese hands with Jesualdo Ferreira appointed in August. The experienced coach is a former assistant manager of the Portuguese national side and has also been in charge of the Under 21s.

Porto currently stand five points clear at the top of their domestic league.

View the goals or the full highlights from the Chelsea v Levski game here .

Giles Smith's Midweek View

Here is Giles Smith's midweek view. Great stuff!


Overall, I thought Sir Alex Ferguson hid his disappointment about Sunday's result pretty well.

Of course, the Manchester United manager has had quite a lot of disappointment to hide of late, so he ought to be getting good at it.

And indeed, in Sunday's post-match performance you really saw the practice he has put in over the last few seasons beginning to pay dividends.

Ignoring the fact that his team had spent 98 percent of the second period unable to get out of their own half and had crawled from the field relieved to come away with a point, Ferguson instead commended his players for not allowing Chelsea to 'disrupt the flow of the game' with fouling.

This was classic, cut out n' keep, post-match Fergie - brilliantly monocular, fabulously combative, and bearing about as much relation to  the reality of matters as Harry Potter's Hogwarts does to your local primary.

You've got to love the little chap, haven't you? Harry Potter, I mean.

Quiz time: which team committed the most fouls on Sunday? I'll give you a clue: it wasn't Chelsea.

Read more: Giles Smith's Midweek View

Chelsea Launches New Website

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon yesterday unveiled the club’s brand new website, which gives fans a unique interactive online experience. A first in the football industry, visitors can view the entire contents of the site on one page and choose to zoom in and out on pages of their choice.

 

Chelsea qualifies for Champions League knockout stage!

Chelsea qualified for the Champions League knockout stage despite defeat against Werder Bremen - but have injury concerns over top scorer Didier Drogba.

Bremen now just need a draw in Barcelona in their final group game to go through to the last 16.

Chelsea have qualified as they cannot finish below Bremen in the table because they have the better head-to-head record in the group games between the two sides.

Mourinho plays down Drogba injury concern

Jose Mourinho says Didier Drogba will be fit to face Manchester United despite picking up an ankle injury in Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Werder Bremen.


_42344748_mourinho203Click here for audio of Jose Mourinho's after-match interview.

Setanta Games: Your Club has them!

 

 CFC Vancouver now has access to live games on Setanta.

As you know, Setanta have a lot of Chelsea games this season. Apparently they have first choice of games in North America, so not surprising that they choose Chelsea so often. The downside is that we do not get those games live on cable TV.

The solution? We have bought a Setanta decoder box and we will have live Setanta games at Harvey's house in North Vancouver. We will do it on a donation basis of say $3 to $5 per person per game.

Our first game was the Everton away game. It worked well. The feed is streaming video broadband Internet. The picture quality is acceptable, but not great. No doubt it will get better in time.

If you want a decoder box at home then click on the Setanta side bar for details.

Also, the Frog and Firkin on West Broadway has promised that they will show every Chelsea game that is on Setanta as long as the pub is open. Unfortunately that rules out early morning games but they will repeat them later in the day. Not perfect, but better than not seeing the game.

The Reading Boxing Day game is only on Setanta tape delay at 3:30 p.m. The Frog and Firkin will have the game.