CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Chelsea v Napoli – the action from Stamford Bridge as it happens
20:07 GMT, 14 March 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Chelsea host Napoli in the second leg of their last 16 clash at Stamford Bridge. After losing 3-1 in Naples the Blues face a tough task to reach the quarter-finals but confidence is high after successive wins under Roberto Di Matteo. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Chelsea 0-0 Napoli (7.45pm)
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Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry,
Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba.
Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Cahill.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro,
Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Cavani,
Subs: Rosati, Dossena, Vargas, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev,
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
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21min: Chelsea have gone three minutes without conceding a shot which is progress in itself.
The Blues are having very little attacking influence so far and to think they need two goals…
18min: Napoli are just queuing up for chances here. Juan Zuniga the latest to try his luck from 20 yards, but his shot is way over the bar. The home fans have become very quiet – they need to get behind their team who are struggling.
15min: The world's most dangerous team on the counter A Chelsea corner is punched clear by De Sanctis and seconds later Lavezzi is through on goal down the right.
Ashley Cole manages to prevent him from making a favourable angle to the target by cutting inside, but his shot still forces Cech to punch behind at his near post.
Moments later Hamsik forces the keeper into another smart save at his bottom right corner.
13min: Liquid football from Napoli. They counter by playing Christian Maggio through on the right and his superb low ball towards the back post is begging for someone to tap it in.
Chelsea fans expect the worse when Edinson Cavani pops up, but he can only fire into the side-netting. The Uruguayan punches an advertising hoarding in frustration, he should score – and he knows it.
10min: But that's the best chance so far and it's come for Napoli.
Ezequiel Lavezzi plays a short pass to Marek Hamsik on the edge of the box, and his effort is well cleared by Petr Cech who had to adjust for a deflection by saving with his foot.
8min: Encouraging start if you are a Chelsea fan. The Blues are playing all the football and Napoli don't seem at the races yet.
5min: Great link-up play there. Drogba chests a throw in into the path of Daniel Sturridge and the striker's shot is well palmed behind by Morgan De Sanctis at his near post.
3min: Free-kick for Chelsea, but Juan Mata's delivery is headed way off target by John Terry from the edge of the box as it sails into the Shed End.
Kick-off: Away we go.
19.42: Out come the players then.
19.39: Well they have scarves on, which by the Newcastle rulebook is prohibited attire – close enough though.
19.36: And a mixed bunch at the away end. Some are your stereotypical well dressed and groomed Italians.
The others look like Newcastle fans in disguise – shirtless basically.
19.33: Stamford Bridge is looking fantastic by the way. Plenty of blue and white flags are flying everywhere – the fans are certainly up for it.
19.30: Let's get one thing sorted before we get wrapped up in the action. The only way this game can go to extra-time tonight is if Chelsea win 3-1.
Chelsea will need to win by a three goal margin should they concede but let's keep it simple for now.
A 2-0 victory will get the job done for Di Matteo's team.
19.27: Speaking of cracking reads by the way, do check out Martin Samuel's piece on Chelsea and the question marks surrounding how they will eventually replace Frank Lampard.
Leading the line: Didier Drogba spearheads Chelsea's attack against Napoli
19.23: The streets around Stamford Bridge have been invaded by hundreds of ticketless Napoli fans.
Police and stadium security staff are attempting to disperse the crowds in a bid to allow the 2,700 genuine away ticket holders access to the ground.
There are reports of Napoli fans being turned away after getting their hands on tickets in areas reserved for home supporters.
Scary stuff on the face of it – I hope nothing escalates from this.
19.19: There is one other game in the Champions League this evening, with Real Madrid v CSKA Moscow on a knife edge after the first leg finished 1-1 in Russia.
One man on the bench for the Russian side, who are really up against it at Madrid, is Aleksandrs Cauna.
The midfielder is on his way back from a metatarsal injury (it's that time of year again I see) and Ashley Gray spoke to the 24-year-old who has gone from Watford to the Bernabeu in just three years.
19.16: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo recalls four players for tonight's crucial return leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter with Napoli.
Michael Essien, Daniel Sturridge and David Luiz return after the 1-0 win over Stoke, while Juan Mata – who scored the Blues' solitary goal in their 3-1 defeat in Italy – also comes back in.
Napoli rested players of their own after Friday's 6-3 thrashing of Cagliari, with star striker Edinson Cavani and Christian Maggio brought into the side.
19.11: Full line-ups from Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea v Napoli
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Cahill.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Cavani, Lavezzi. Subs: Rosati, Dossena, Vargas, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev, Britos.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
19.06: Napoli starting XI:
De Sanctis, Aronica, Cannavaro, Campagaro, Maggio, Zuniga, Inler, Gargano, Lavezzi, Cavani, Hamsik.
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19.01: It's not just their own Champions League lives Chelsea are fighting for. English football will take a big dent in its pride if they go out tonight.
Not since 1996 has there been no Premier League side in the quarter-finals of Europe's elite, and that was when we had to rely on Blackburn, and Blackburn only, to lead the charge on the continent.
Having four sides to all fall before that stage seemed unthinkable at the start of the season.
18.56: From OptaJoe:
5 – Chelsea have won none of their last five matches at home in the KO stages of the Champions League (D3 L2). Fragile
18.53: And Napoli look like they are unchanged.
18.50: Chelsea starting XI:
Cech, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Sturridge, Drogba.
18.45: And then there was one. Just Chelsea fly the flag for the Premier League sides in the Champions League now – and that may only be for the next hour or so.
You see, the Blues find themselves trailing Napoli by two goals and are up against reaching the quarter-finals.
But while there is hope there is a chance and Arsenal have already proven how easy it is to race into a two goal lead against an Italian side so all i snot lost just yet. Team news on the way.
Jump into action: Chelsea need to overturn a two-goal deficit to reach the quarter-finals