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England"s patience paid off against India – Steven Finn

Patience paid off for England, admits Finn after India collapse in third Test

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 8 December 2012

Steven Finn believes England earned reward for their patience after a stunning afternoon session catapulted them to the brink of victory in the third Test against India.

India collapsed after lunch on the fourth day, losing six for 36, to at one stage leave them staring at the prospect of an innings defeat.

The hosts had been 86 for none at lunch but they folded after Graeme Swann bowled Virender Sehwag with the first ball after the break.

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

Main man: Steven Finn helped England move towards victory in the third Test

A determined unbeaten 83 from Ravichandran Ashwin slowed England's progress, however, the tourists will begin the final day tomorrow expectant of leaving Eden Gardens 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series.

India will resume 32 runs ahead, with just Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha left to defy England's bowlers, who were led by Finn's three for 37 today.

'It was hard for us to get that first wicket but we stuck to our guns and we stuck to the plans we have worked towards in the series and that paid off,' he said.

'At lunch we said that we needed to up it a bit. We needed to focus on how we wanted to get the batsmen out.

'We got lucky with the run out and we had a very good ball first up after lunch.

'I thought we worked hard.'

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Under pressure: Virender Sehwag

Finn grabbed the key wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli before noticeable reverse swing trapped Zaheer Khan in front.

Asked about the late swing he found, Finn said: 'That is something I like doing.

'When you come out here it is something that you have to be able to do.
“It's a good weapon for us to have. It has done it more here than at the other grounds because the wicket is more abrasive.'

Despite India's predicament Sehwag retained hope they could yet claim an unlikely draw.

'We lost six wickets in a session which is disappointing,' he said.

'But we are still fighting. Something could happen tomorrow and we could draw the Test match.'

The right-hander did admit, however, that his fellow batsmen had lacked the application required today, but denied they had been left red-faced by Ashwin's innings late in the day.

'It's not embarrassment. He's part of the team and he's a good player,' he said.

'He has a different style that can work. My style is different.

'If you apply yourself on this wicket I don't think it is too difficult to score runs.'

Roberto Di Matteo promises changes after seeing West Brom extend Chelsea"s poor run

Di Matteo promises changes after seeing West Brom extend Chelsea's poor run

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UPDATED:

23:33 GMT, 17 November 2012

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is set to ring the changes and alter the formation of his side after their poor run of form continued with a 2-1 defeat at West Brom.

The Blues have taken only two points from their last four league games to leave Di Matteo rueing another bleak November for Chelsea.

Di Matteo was rational and calm when facing the media but it is understood he was furious with his players behind closed doors in the dressing room.

Peter Odemwingie scored the West Brom winner after Eden Hazard had cancelled out Shane Long's opening goal.

Breached: Shane Long (bottom left) scores past Petr Cech

Breached: Shane Long (bottom left) scores past Petr Cech

Chelsea dominated for long periods but Di Matteo was unhappy with the defending for both of the home side's goals and is set to shake his side up.

He said: 'It is a ground we find difficult, last season when we lost here, and now this season again. We know they are very good at home.

'But giving away goals like we did today makes if difficult to win the game.

'You have to score three goals to win then and our defending was very poor today.

'We didn't concede many chances but, the ones we did, we had to do better.

Chelsea have operated an attack-minded 4-2-3-1 formation under Di Matteo but that looks set to be reassessed.

At a loss: Chelsea have taken two points from a possible 12

At a loss: Chelsea have taken two points from a possible 12

Di Matteo said: 'This season we are playing a little bit different but we might have to go back (to a previous formation) to be able to win games, and make sure first and foremost we don't concede.

'Maybe it is the time where we might have to change a little bit in terms of our selection and the way we play.

'For some reasons, November for our club is a bad month and it seems the same again this year.

'We are disappointed and maybe it is time to look at things, maybe change it a bit and get a win.

'We will look at the set-up of the team and maybe sacrifice a bit the attacking options to go a little bit more defensive.'

Di Matteo made five changes but insisted: 'It was based on the midweek (international) games. The players were all over Europe and the world, long flights, five or six hours' time difference. They were not in a condition to start or last the game.'

Desperate times: Cech attempts to beat West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill

Desperate times: Cech attempts to beat West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill

West Brom boss Steve Clarke is not allowing himself to get too excited after his side climbed into fourth position.

He said: 'I'm delighted, a great three points, good attacking play, two fantastic goals, and dogged determined defensive play towards the end.

'Can we think of the Champions League I don't look that far ahead, I look from game to game.

'It is a great time to be at the club and if the supporters want to dream a bit, they can. But within the camp, we will keep our feet on the ground.'

Clarke paid tribute to Long after another fine performance following the death this week of his grandmother.

High praise: Long (centre) came in for praise from Steve Clarke

High praise: Long (centre) came in for praise from Steve Clarke

He displayed a T-shirt which said 'Rest In Peace Gran' after scoring his sixth goal of the campaign.

Clarke said: 'I've run out of words to describe his performances this season.

'Shane produced another fantastic performance in what has been a difficult week for him.

'He wanted to play. He is going back to Ireland tonight to be with his family for the next two or three days.'

Eden Hazard celebrates Chelsea goal – Kevin Quigley image of the week

Kevin Quigley: My favourite image of the week – Hazard celebrates Chelsea goal

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UPDATED:

07:44 GMT, 7 November 2012

My image is from last week's pulsating Capital One Cup tie between Chelsea and Manchester United.

I captured this brilliant celebration from Eden Hazard after he scored a last minute equaliser to send the game into extra time.

Sitting on Manchester United attack, Chelsea were awarded a penalty in the dying moments. Fearing I would be at the wrong end, I ran down the side of the pitch and quickly positioned myself at the side for the penalty.

After Hazard scored, he ran and jumped into the air giving me this stunning image and, of course, feeling very happy that I'd sprinted down!

Let me know what you think by commenting below or tweet me at @kevinquigley_dm

Kevin Quigley: My favourite image of the week - Hazard celebrates Chelsea goal

I shot this with:

Nikon D3s
70-200mm
1000th second
F: 2.8
Iso 2500

Eden Hazard wants Premier League title with Chelsea

I'm here for the title, not to show off, says Chelsea's new superstar Hazard

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 13 September 2012

New Chelsea signing Eden Hazard insists he has joined the Blues to win the Premier League, and not just 'show off'.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of 32 million this summer, and has been in superb form in the early weeks of this season.

Eye for goal: Eden Hazard scores against Newcastle

Eye for goal: Eden Hazard scores against Newcastle

But he doesn't see himself as the star man, saying: 'I love to set up my team-mates. I am not here to be a star, to show off. I am here to play for the others, but if I have to try and clinch a game then I will.’

He scored his first goal against Newcastle last month, with the Blues taking an early lead in the Premier League.

Looking good: Hazard in action for Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season

Looking good: Hazard in action for Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season

Hazard admitted he faces a challenge adjusting to life in England, telling Champions Matchday magazine: 'It’s totally different here. With Lille we could have gone to the South of France and people would not have recognised us.

'But at Chelsea, the players are at another level. Everything has changed for me — the language, the country — but it is up to me to adapt.’

Arsenal plot Yohan Cabaye transfer

Arsenal plot late move for 15m-rated Toon ace Cabaye

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 26 August 2012

Arsenal are considering a 15million move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in two players this week.

Though the Arsenal manager ruled out a move for Cheick Tiote, his clubmate Cabaye is understood to be on a list of targets which also includes Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. Wenger is also keen to bring in a defender.

Wanted man: Yohan Cabaye battles with Eden Hazard in Newcastle's defeat

Wanted man: Yohan Cabaye battles with Eden Hazard in Newcastle's defeat

Wenger said: 'I'm pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder It depends on the quality of the players available. Tiote is a good player, but he's not on the way to Arsenal.'

Cheick mate: Tiote won't be joining Arsenal, according to Wenger

Cheick mate: Tiote won't be joining Arsenal, according to Wenger

Newcastle have yet to receive a bid for Cabaye. However, an offer of 15m may not be enough as there is little time to bring in a replacement.

Newcastle boss Pardew said: 'All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now. You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down. You can't get anyone in and we want to avoid that.'

Manchester City and Tottenham are also keen on M'Vila.

Chelsea v Newcastle – Live text commentary

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Chelsea v Newcastle – as it happens from Stamford Bridge

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 25 August 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League with Chelsea facing Newcastle at their west London home. Both teams played in midweek, with Chelsea beating Reading 4-2 and the Toon drawing 1-1 with Atromitos in their Europa League play-off. Will tiredness tell

Kick off is at 5.30pm. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected]

*Live coverage starts at 5pm*

Main man: Eden Hazard has five assists in two games

Main man: Eden Hazard has five assists in two games

Cesar Azpilicueta Chelsea move complete

Defender Azpilicueta finally completes 7m Chelsea switch from Marseille

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UPDATED:

09:18 GMT, 24 August 2012

Cesar Azpilicueta will train with his new Chelsea team-mates on Friday morning after completing his move from Marseille.

The Spanish right-back moves to Stamford Bridge for a fee of round 7million after a summer-long chase.

The 22-year-old has started Marseille's opening two Ligue 1 games, but has now put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the European champions.

The deal takes Chelsea's summer spending up to 70m following the arrivals of Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar.

More to follow…

Plenty of promise: Azpilicueta is rated as one of the best young full-backs in Europe

Plenty of promise: Azpilicueta is rated as one of the best young full-backs in Europe

Yossi Benayoun fears Chelsea are pricing him out of move

Benayoun begs to leave Chelsea but fears he is being priced out of move

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 21 August 2012

Wanting to move: Yossi Benayoun is keen to leave Chelsea

Wanting to move: Yossi Benayoun is keen to leave Chelsea

Yossi Benayoun fears he is being priced out of a move away from Chelsea.

The club want 3million for the midfielder, who is desperate to quit Stamford Bridge and spent last season on loan with Arsenal.

The 32-year-old was not even on the bench for the Community Shield against Manchester City or Sunday’s Barclays Premier League opener at Wigan.

Benayoun has a year left on his 70,000-a-week contract and Chelsea are demanding a fee before letting him go.

But the former West Ham and Liverpool man wants to leave before the end of the transfer window after being told he has little prospect of forcing his way into Chelsea’s team, especially after the arrival of midfielders Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Chelsea v Manchester City – Community Shield live

LIVE: Chelsea v Manchester City – follow the Community Shield action from Villa Park

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UPDATED:

03:00 GMT, 12 August 2012

The Community Shield – the curtain-raiser to the Barclays Premier League season – takes place at Villa Park today as Chelsea and Manchester City flex their muscles ahead of the title race. Keep track of all the latest news and pictures as the action unfolds…

***Coverage begins at 12.30pm***

Rivals: Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero are set to go head-to-head

Rivals: Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero are set to go head-to-head

Eden Hazard needs time to settle – Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo warns Chelsea fans not to expect too much from 32m playmaker Hazard

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UPDATED:

15:48 GMT, 6 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has told Eden Hazard he will be given time to adjust to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea's 32million summer signing from Lille is expected to make big waves given his seismic fee but the 21-year-old will not be rushed.

'Of course we are looking for Eden to be incisive – but we have to be patient,' said Di Matteo.

Patience: Eden Hazard must be given time, says Roberto Di Matteo

Patience: Eden Hazard must be given time, says Roberto Di Matteo

'He is a young man, he has come from a different league in France and we need to give him time to adapt.'

The Champions League winners have bolstered their squad by picking up, in addition to the Belgian playmaker, Marko Marin and Oscar.

The way Chelsea played in the run-up to their Champions League final triumph is unsustainable over the period of the season – the side rode their luck on several occasions.

No great shift: Di Matteo is not planning to play much differently

No great shift: Di Matteo is not planning to play much differently

But Di Matteo insists the influx of players will not result in a big difference in the style of play.

'There will not be radical changes. We will try to make some changes,' he said.

'With the integration of these new players, inevitably we will change how we play a bit. But I never said we were going to play attacking football. We will play to try and win games.'