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Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea job

Mourinho issues come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea ahead of potential Bridge return

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

07:03 GMT, 7 April 2013

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07:03 GMT, 7 April 2013

Jose Mourinho has urged Chelsea to confirm his dramatic return to Stamford Bridge or risk missing out.

The Real Madrid boss is expected to take over from Rafa Benitez in the summer for a second stint in the Premier League.

But Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are also reportedly waiting in the wings to pounce.

Time running out: Jose Mourinho has set his sights on a return to Chelsea at the end of the season

Time running out: Jose Mourinho has set his sights on a return to Chelsea at the end of the season

'Jose wants to go back to Chelsea. It’s where he wants to be,' a source told The Sun.

'Every time Chelsea fans sing his name it makes him want to go back even more.

'He’ll sign for the same money he’s on at Real, even though he’s sure he could earn more elsewhere — like City or PSG.

Easy street: Real Madrid cruised past Levante on Sunday night but remain well behind leaders Barcelona

Easy street: Real Madrid cruised past Levante on Sunday night but remain well behind leaders Barcelona

'Jose could even remain at Madrid but he is clear about where he’d like to go — it’s now down to if Roman Abramovich wants the same.'

Mourinho won six trophies in three seasons with Chelsea but was unable to lift the Champions League.

He hopes to do that at Wembley on May 25 with his Real Madrid side who are all but guaranteed a place in the last four after a 3-0 win over Galatasaray last week.

Moving on: Rafa Benitez is expected to quit his role as interim manager following the end of the season

Moving on: Rafa Benitez is expected to quit his role as interim manager following the end of the season

Benitez has never been accepted by the Chelsea faithful after taking over as interim manager following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

The Spaniard had admitted he will leave at the end of the season but could yet clinch Europa League and FA Cup glory before his time is up.

Manchester City ace Samir Nasri shows off his lavish lifestyle in Twitter pic

Giving fans food for thought: City gent Nasri enjoys night out at London restaurant

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

14:24 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 9 January 2013

He probably thought it was a bit of harmless fun.

Clearly enjoying the fruits of his
labour, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could not resist posting a
picture of him on a night out at a trendy London restaurant.

Picture this: Samir Nasri posted this picture of him enjoying a night out in London

Picture this: Samir Nasri posted this picture of him enjoying a night out in London

Dressed in ripped jeans, a casual T-shirt and slouched on a comfy chair, the 25-year-old Frenchman was clearly enjoying a night out with a female companion.

Nasri is currently on an enforced break after was sent off in controversial circumstances for squaring up with his head to Norwich’s Sebastien Bassong in the 4-3 win at Carrow Road in December.

City manager Roberto Mancini was angry at the decision at the time but said that the club had not decided whether to appeal the card and the three-match ban that will come with it.

However, the club finally decided to accept the charge and Nasri missed the game at home to Stoke, the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Watford and the game at Nasri's old club Arsenal on January 13.

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

Seeing red: Nasri was handed his marching orders after clashing with Bassong

The timing was a little unfortunate at it appeared amid criticism of the evils of football.

Reverend Bob Jones, 67, a minister at three methodist churches in Mansfield, spoke out about about the excess money in football and to question
the values of the modern game following Luis Suarez's controversial goal on Sunday.

Maybe next time Nasri should keep his photos for the family album

Waiting game: Nasri will miss the match with his former club Arsenal

Waiting game: Nasri will miss the match with his former club Arsenal

David Moyes must be given money to spend at Everton or he"ll be off

Everton must let Moyes splash the cash or face losing him

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22:28 GMT, 30 December 2012

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There was a theory doing the rounds yesterday that Everton have to secure a place in the Champions League to keep David Moyes at Goodison Park beyond this season.

If so, anxiety levels in and around Goodison are likely to rise sharply between now and May, as Moyes monitors Everton’s position in the Barclays Premier League and ponders his future.

There is a way of cutting short the waiting time, though, and ensuring the unthinkable is not allowed to happen.

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

Cold feet Everton manager David Moyes could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if he doesn't get a decent transfer kitty in January

A simple pledge of transfer funds for next month’s window ought to do it. Easier said than done, of course, given Everton’s modest resources but Bill Kenwright has found ways of delivering for his manager in the past and must pull out all the stops to do so again.

Fortunately for all concerned, the Everton chairman doubles up as a fan, as devoted as they come, and will, it is safe to assume, hand over every penny he can lay his hands on.

As a fan who sits on the front row of the directors’ box and kicks every ball, Kenwright will also appreciate why facilitating his manager’s wishes next month is so crucial to a project that has been a decade in the making.

Everton have flirted with the Champions League before, only to falter at the qualifying stage, but a breakthrough is surely closer than ever.

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

So close: Nikica Jelavic rues a late missed chance as Everton pushed for an equaliser in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

It is tantalisingly close, as was evident in an epic battle with Chelsea that eloquently argued the case for and against their prospects of finishing in the top four.

It was gripping stuff, a classic Premier League encounter that both illustrated how Everton’s strongest starting XI can be a match for anyone and exposed their need for greater strength in depth.

Moyes (right) wants to address the latter as a matter of urgency and needs no reminding of the perils of relying on a wafer-thin squad.

Injuries to the likes of Phil Neville, Seamus Coleman and Darron Gibson and a suspension for Marouane Fellaini — by no means an uncommon roll call at this stage of the season — left him glancing over his shoulder at a bench containing the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Apostolos Vellios and untried 18-year-old Tyias Browning.

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Ill timed: An injury to captain Phil Neville didn't help Moyes in the Chelsea game

Everton still ran rejuvenated Chelsea close, despite the telling absence of the influential Fellaini, yet, as limbs tired and managers looked for reinforcements, the two camps were shown to be poles apart.

While Everton’s replacements had the look of reserves about them, Rafa Benitez was able to choose between Oscar and Victor Moses for an injection of attacking impetus, or Paulo Ferreira to lend an experienced steadying hand at the back.

Little wonder that Everton’s challenge ultimately ran out of steam, and Moyes was left venting his frustration on referee Howard Webb’s failure to spot an added-time foul on the edge of the area that denied his side the chance of an equaliser.

However, Moyes did give the much-maligned Respect campaign’s tarnished image a welcome shot in the arm by apologising for a post-match rant at Webb, making amends immediately with a show of remorse that may spare him any disciplinary action.

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

Frustration: Moyes was annoyed that referee Howard Webb missed a foul on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area in injury time

‘I did have words with the referee when I was coming off,’ said Moyes, whose side missed the opportunity to move into the top four.

‘I was wrong to do so and I apologised about it to him afterwards. I just thought there was a foul by Frank Lampard on Leon Osman on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute but he didn’t give it.

‘The way the game went, the players deserved to get something out of it because they played ever so well. It was harsh on us.’

There will doubtless be words with Kenwright, too, in the coming days, and the answers Moyes gets could determine whether one of the Premier League’s most enduring and fruitful partnerships continues to thrive into a second decade.

Adrien Broner to fight Gavin Rees for WBC lightweight world title in February

Rees beats Burns as Welsh lightweight secures world title fight against Broner

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10:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 28 December 2012

Gavin Rees has beaten fellow Brit Ricky Burns to a fight with American star Adrien Broner.

The Welsh lightweight was due to face John Murray last month but that fell through when the Mancunian failed a fitness test.

Rees will now challenge for Broner's WBC world title on February 16, subject to signing a contract.

He posted on his Twitter account: ' Looks like I'm fighting Adrian broner 16th feb for WBC title massive fight for me an time for me to become 2 weight world champ.'

The Rock: Gavin Rees will fight Adrien Broner in February

Champion: Adrien Broner will defend his WBC world title against Rees

Head-to-head: Rees will take on WBC lightweight world champion Broner (R)

The 32-year-old has won 37 of his 39 contests but has been out of action since beating Derry Matthews in July to add the British belt to his European title.

Rees, a former world champion at light welterweight, has since relinquished his European strap and in Broner faces one of America's brightest prospects.

Waiting game: Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

Waiting game: WBO world champion Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

The two-weight world champion enhanced his status as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's pound-for-pound crown with a stoppage victory over
Antonio DeMarco in November.

Broner, 23, then threw down the gauntlet to Scotland's Burns but he rejected the unification fight in favour of a warm-up bout before potentially meeting Broner in April.

VIDEO: So who is Adrien Broner

Mario Balotelli latest: AC Milan ready to sell Robinho and Pato to fund Manchester City striker bid

Milan ready to pack Pato and Robinho back to Brazil in bid to sign Balotelli

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11:04 GMT, 28 December 2012

AC Milan are preparing a bid for Mario Balotelli, confident they will be able to offload both Pato and Robinho to Brazil.

Manchester City have hung a 20million price tag on their striker, who has been linked with a move home to Italy on numerous occasions, but the San Siro club are close to securing him.

Balotelli is desperate to flee Manchester and sources close to the striker told Goal.com: ‘The situation has reached a point where both player and club simply want his time at City to end as soon as possible.

Italian job: AC Milan are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

Italian job: AC Milan are reportedly ready to step up their interest in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

‘Mario has told his representatives that he is ready to leave Manchester. He is just waiting for the call from Italy.’

The deal hinges on Milan agreeing transfers of their own and the club is currently in advanced negotiations with Corinthians over the sale of Pato, who is likely to join the Club World Cup winners for around €15m (12.3m) within days.

Milan have also received a number of offers for Robinho, although vice-president Adriano Galliani has said Santos are leading the race, after talks with Flamengo fell apart earlier this month.

Boys from Brazil: Milan may cash in on Robinho and Pato to fund a bid for Balotelli

On the move: Milan could sell Pato

Boys from Brazil: Milan may cash in on former Man City striker Robinho (L) and Pato to fund a bid for Balotelli

Just last week, president Silvio Berlusconi rubbished talk of Balotelli joining Milan, insisting neither the Italian nor Didier Drogba were transfer targets.

He confirmed Drogba was the player ‘only Russian and Chinese clubs can afford’ while Balotelli’s wayward behaviour turned the politician and media tycoon off him.

But after warnings from City boss Roberto Mancini, Balotelli is thought to be cleaning up his act and is prepared to take a pay cut from his 110,000 weekly wage to become a Rossoneri player.

Harry Redknapp: We"ll act early in transfer window and not wait for Spurs cast-offs

Redknapp: We'll act early in transfer window and not wait for Spurs cast-offs

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 22 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers cannot afford to
risk Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offering them 'three-for-one on a
bunch of players he cannot give away' on the last day of the January
transfer window, says Harry Redknapp.

The Rangers boss urged his new club
to act early to strengthen their squad, rather than playing Tottenham's
traditional waiting game of leaving it late.

Targets: Manager Harry Redknapp

Targets: Manager Harry Redknapp

Redknapp admitted QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is already in talks to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who is hoping to return to Europe after terminating his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Redknapp said: 'We can't wait. The chairman is going to have to bite the bullet a bit and get on with what we have got to do.

'We really need to be doing our business right at the start of January. It is no good a club trying to ring up to do business on the last day of January – it's too late. We are going to be finished by then.

'Daniel will still no doubt be ringing up on transfer deadline day offering me a three-for-one on a bunch of players he cannot give away. But we won't be waiting till that late hour.

'We have to find one or two players to really make the difference.'

Frankie Dettori worried he won"t recover from failed drug test

Dettori worried about damage to reputation over shame of failed drug test

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08:36 GMT, 6 December 2012

Frankie Dettori fears he may never repair the damage done to his reputation after receiving a six-month ban for a failed drug test.

The popular Italian jockey, 41, will not return to action on the racecourse until a fortnight before next year's Derby, with his suspension, handed out on Wednesday by French racing authority France Galop, running from November 20 to May 19 inclusive.

I've been in hiding since it happened because of the shame factor,' he told the Daily Star. 'It's not very pleasant.

Positive: Frankie Dettori failed a drug test after riding at Longchamp on September 16

Positive: Frankie Dettori failed a drug test after riding at Longchamp on September 16

'People will always remember it. Now when they look at me they won't think of the things I have done for racing in the past 20 years, they'll just think, “He's the guy who got caught with drugs”.

'But you can't change the past and you've just got to move on. I'm ashamed and embarrassed. It was one night of madness with friends.

'I dropped my guard when I was at my weakest. I was in a dark place. I was very low, my job was going down the drain.

'When I woke up the next morning I regretted it but it was already too late. I will regret it for the rest of my life.'

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

Waiting game: Frankie Dettori is facing a ban of six months for a failed drugs test

One of the biggest names in world racing, Dettori tested positive for a banned substance, believed to be cocaine, at a meeting at Longchamp in Paris last September.

Jurisdictions worldwide, such as the British Horseracing Authority, are expected to reciprocate the terms and Dettori's next important date is when he will be summoned to the headquarters of France Galop to be retested towards the end of April.

Unseated: Dettori has been banned from racing for six months

Unseated: Dettori has been banned from racing for six months

Battler: Dettori is determined to bounce back

Battler: Dettori is determined to bounce back

Dettori's suspension was backdated as he had already been prevented from riding in France since November 20 when an independent medical commission spoke to him via a conference call and passed the file on to a disciplinary panel of the stewards at France Galop.

The three-times British champion jockey said the indiscretion came as he feared for his future after his 18-year association with powerful owners Godolphin came to an end in October.

Dettori, who was cautioned by police for possession of cocaine in 1993, said: 'The last three or four months have been very strange.

'It's been frustration, unhappy times. I've been in a bad place. It got to the stage where I wasn't flavour of the month any more and the love was gone.

'Watching someone else riding my horses while I was sat in the weighing room wasn't a thing thing that I was used to.

'I wanted to be in the No 1 car, not the second driver. Inside myself I wasn't happy, which is why I let my guard down – I made a mistake.'

Dettori played down any suggestion the ban could signal the end of his career.

He plans to operate as a freelance in 2013.

'I have still got a good five years left in me,' he said. 'My ambition for the next five years is to get my career back on track and start doing good again.

'I feel like I have a point to prove now. I still need to come back to show I'm still as good as I was.

'I want to redeem my name.'

FRANKIE DETTORI FACTFILE

Born: Milan, December 15, 1970

Father: Multiple Italian champion jockey Gianfranco Dettori

Apprenticed to: Luca Cumani

First winner: Rif, Turin, Nov 16, 1986

First winner in Britain: Lizzy Hare, Goodwood, June 9, 1987.

Champion apprentice: 1989

Champion jockey: 1994, 1995, 2004

Married to: Catherine, five children (three girls, two boys)

Other information: Went through the card with seven winners at Ascot in September, 1996.

Survived a plane crash at Newmarket in 2000.

Has his name on a selection of Italian-style foods. Chain of restaurants in London – Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill.

Television: Former team captain on A Question Of Sport

British Classic wins: Derby – Authorized (2007).

Oaks – Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995), Kazzia (2002).

St Leger – Classic Cliche (1995), Shantou (1996), Scorpion (2005), Sixties Icon (2006), Conduit (2008).

2000 Guineas – Mark Of Esteem (1996), Island Sands (1999).

1000 Guineas – Cape Verdi (1998), Kazzia (2002), Blue Bunting (2011).

Patrick Collins: Let"s hope Pep Guardiola has the right answers when Roman comes calling

Let's hope Pep has the right answers when Roman comes calling

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01:45 GMT, 25 November 2012

As he watches the last leaves of autumn scuttle across Central Park, Josep Guardiola considers his options.

Does he take a cab to the Garden to
watch the Knicks play the Detroit Pistons Will he go across to Jersey
to see the Giants against the Packers

Or should he simply enjoy a lazy family lunch in his elegant apartment on the Upper West Side

Waiting game: Pep Guardiola will likely get the call at the end of the season

Waiting game: Pep Guardiola will likely get the call at the end of the season

He could, of course, jab a few buttons and watch Chelsea v Manchester City, direct from Stamford Bridge.

But having treated himself to a year's sabbatical from the game, he may resist the temptation.

In any case, City are no more than marginal figures on the European scene.

As for Chelsea, what possible interest could they hold for a serious man like Pep Guardiola

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Dismissed: Roberto Di Matteo just another Chelsea manager to be ousted

It was these two fine fellows who backed John Terry at every stage of his defence to the charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

And it was they who masterminded the club's calamitous handling of the Mark Clattenburg affair, when an honest referee was baselessly accused of racially insulting John Obi Mikel.

The complaint having been investigated and contemptuously dismissed by both the police and the FA, Chelsea concocted a noxious piece of selfjustification which concluded: 'Chelsea FC now hopes that all concerned can continue to carry out their duties without prejudice.'

If they really believe that poor Clattenburg will not become the target of vile chants the first time he makes a contentious decision, then they are as stupid as they are cynical.

The owner of the club is not stupid. But neither is he omniscient. When it comes to cultivating the good opinion of Vladimir Putin, or generating billions from the mineral assets of the old Soviet Union, then Roman Abramovich is your only man.

Yet you would need to be daft or desperate to seek his views on football.

Keeping the seat warm: Chelsea's new interim coach Rafael Benitez

Keeping the seat warm: Chelsea's new interim coach Rafael Benitez

But his are the views which prevail, whether he is championing the cause of his favoured players like Andriy Shevchenko or Fernando Torres, or selecting a stream of managers that he will ultimately fire.

In effect, he is a fan with absurdly unlimited funds. He pays the bills and sets the tone.

Thus we have a situation in which one person serves an FA ban for racial abuse and yet retains the club captaincy, while another can win the Champions League and lose his job.

That is the kind of club that Abramovich has created. Yet he knows precisely who he needs to take them forward.

Not Rafael Benitez; he has been hired at considerable expense to serve a short-term purpose.

No, the answer is the man currently enjoying the delights of New York City.

Pep Guardiola is, by common consent, the finest football coach in the world, having created a team that embodied his own ideals.

Thumbs up: Roman Abramovich moved swiftly to replace Di Matteo

Thumbs up: Roman Abramovich moved swiftly to replace Di Matteo

Barcelona have set unprecedented standards of technique and imagination. They play with a purity and flair which is frequently beautiful and occasionally irresistible.

When you employ Guardiola, you believe not only that he will bring success, but that he will endow your club with the class and style which he brought to Catalonia.

Such virtues command a fabulous price, sufficient even to tempt one as wealthy as Guardiola.

But as winter takes hold of Manhattan and the city shimmers with the glad glitter of Christmas, this civilised, cultivated individual may ask himself some fundamental questions.

Did he leave the Nou Camp merely to sprinkle some class over Stamford Bridge

Should it all go wrong, could he honestly endure the prospect of a late-night visit from Bruce and Ron

Finally, most importantly, did he really launch his mighty project and build his glorious team in order to become a billionaire's bauble in South-West London

Only Guardiola knows the answers. We trust that they will be the right ones.

QPR or Kiev There's only one winner for Harry

Harry Redknapp knows how the game is played.

The big game, the one where the winner lands the job he was after all the time.

Tiring of enforced unemployment, Harry had started to raise his profile.

Hints were dropped, ribs were nudged. Harry was available.

Last weekend, he went on Match of the Day and, with a risible show of reluctance, refused to answer the patently rehearsed question about his chances of following Mark Hughes at QPR.

Playing the game: Queens Park Rangers new manager Harry Redknapp

Playing the game: Queens Park Rangers new manager Harry Redknapp

Later, he confirmed the offer of an international post. Very lucrative. Huge challenge.

Why, his new nation might even knock England out of the World Cup.

Which would deeply offend his patriotic sensibilities but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. When he's the manager of Ukraine.

Ukraine! Can you imagine it Kiev is 1,618.2 miles from Bournemouth. How would Harry get home for tea

No, it was never going to happen and he knew it.

But it brought matters to a head.

Mark Hughes, pointless and apparently clueless, was suddenly out of work.

And Redknapp was manager of QPR.

We should not expect high achievement because they are a truly dreadful side.

But if it's low cunning you're after, then look no further. Harry's your man.

Knee jerk reactions: Neil Warnock

Knee jerk reactions: Neil Warnock

P.S

Since the misdeeds of minor clowns occasionally escape our attention, let's hear it for Neil Warnock, of Leeds United.

Last week, he saw his player, Luke Varney, dismissed for assaulting a Millwall opponent.

Warnock performed a series of knee-jerk responses. The Millwall player was acting. Referees didn't understand.

'You want to educate them on what's a sending-off and what isn't,' said Warnock.

Best of all: 'The game's getting soft. That's not a proper sending-off.'

The FA have charged Warnock with improper conduct.

Presumably for reinforcing the notion that certain football managers are dim, arrogant and terminally pompous.

I hope he is given an educational suspension.

Juventus 3 Chelsea 0: Match report

Juventus 3 Chelsea 0: Fate out of Blues' hands after crushing defeat in Turin

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22:12 GMT, 20 November 2012

ELSEWHERE IN GROUP E…

Chelsea are close to crashing out of the Champions League after group rivals Shakhtar were put on their way to a vital 5-2 win over Nordsjaelland by a highly controversial goal.

Read all about Luiz Adriano's goal here

Roberto Di Matteo went from Champions League hero to zero tonight as Chelsea crashed to defeat at Juventus and to the brink of an embarrassing exit from the competition.

Di Matteo's biggest selection gamble since he took charge backfired as goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco left the Blues facing the prospect of becoming the first holders to depart the competition before Christmas.

Chelsea slumped to third place in Group E with one match remaining and must win against Nordsjaelland in two weeks' time and hope Shakhtar Donetsk beat Juve, despite the Ukrainian side having qualified for the last 16 themselves tonight.

Lucky Fabio Quagliarella turned in a strike past Petr Cech

Lucky Fabio Quagliarella turned in a strike past Petr Cech

MATCH FACTS

Juventus: Buffon, Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci, Lichtsteiner (Caceres 68), Marchisio, Pirlo, Asamoah, Vidal, Vucinic (Giovinco 83), Quagliarella (Pogba 89)

Subs not used: Storari, Caceres, Pepe, Giaccherini, Matri

Booked: Bonucci, Marchisio, Giovinco

Goals: Quagliarella 38, Vidal 61, Giovinco 90

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, David Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta (Moses 60), Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Mikel (Torres 71), Hazard

Subs not used: Turnbull, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Piazon

Booked: Ramires

Referee: Cuneyt Cakır

Attendance: 40,000

That would be the equal of any
let-off the European champions enjoyed en route to last season's
astonishing Champions League triumph, which ultimately prevented owner
Roman Abramovich dispensing with Di Matteo.

With Pep Guardiola supposedly waiting
in the wings, Di Matteo could find himself on borrowed time barring
another dramatic turnaround.

The same could be said of the Chelsea
career of Fernando Torres, who was axed tonight, although David Luiz
produced enough hapless moments for the both of them.

Di Matteo's other changes prompted
memories of Andre Villas-Boas's so-called 'suicide-note' selection at
Napoli last season, the Blues boss playing without a recognised striker
and fielding Cesar Azpilicueta in front of Branislav Ivanovic.

If the line-up was meant to ease the
defensive jitters that had seen Chelsea fail to keep a clean sheet for
nine matches, it took less than four minutes for them to re-emerge when
they twice nearly gifted Juventus the lead, Stephan Lichtsteiner going
close before Petr Cech somehow turned his volley onto the post.

Oh dear: Arturo Vidal doubled Juventus' lead

Oh dear: Arturo Vidal doubled Juventus' lead

Now what Juan Mata (left) and Eden Hazard wait to re-start the game

Now what Juan Mata (left) and Eden Hazard wait to re-start the game

The Blues were being penned in but
almost scored a sensational breakaway goal in the ninth minute when
Oscar ran 70 yards, beating three men before feeding Hazard, whose shot
ricocheted behind off Gianluigi Buffon's legs.

Normal service resumed and, when Chelsea fell asleep at a corner, Claudio Marchisio forced another smart Cech stop.

Final nail: Sebastian Giovinco scored Juventus' third goal

Final nail: Sebastian Giovinco scored Juventus' third goal

Final nail: Sebastian Giovinco scored Juventus' third goal

Juve were getting in behind far too
easily and Quagliarella twice sent weak shots at Cech, as did Mirko
Vucinic on the turn and Andrea Pirlo with a free-kick.

The pressure continued with Hazard
mostly isolated, although he was certainly holding the ball up better
than Torres had managed of late.

But Oscar almost produced a goal out of nothing again when he raced onto Ramires' pass, Leonardo Bonucci getting back to block.

Helpless: Ashley Cole and his team-mates were overpowered by a well organised Juventus

Helpless: Ashley Cole and his team-mates were overpowered by a well organised Juventus

Remember me Zinedine Zidane was is the crowd watching his old club

Remember me Zinedine Zidane was is the crowd watching his old club

And that proved crucial as Juventus
took the lead in unconventional fashion seven minutes from half-time,
Quagliarella reacting to redirect Pirlo's low drive past Cech, who could
not keep the ball out having already moved to cover the original shot.

It would have been 2-0 seconds later
but for the latest incredible goal-line clearance in Ashley Cole's
career, the full-back getting back to prevent Kwadwo Asamoah's cross
being bundled home by Lichtsteiner.

Chelsea immediately surged upfield but Juan Mata could not prod Hazard's cross past Buffon.

Forced onto the front foot, the
visitors ended the first half on top but they were back to leaving far
too much space in behind after the restart.

They survived a penalty scare inside
five minutes when Vucinic threw himself down under pressure from Gary
Cahill and wasted a free-kick of their own when Mata hit the wall.

Pirlo was seeing more and more of the
ball and his long-range shot was deflected wide in between Quagliarella
sending another tame shot at Cech and failing to round the goalkeeper
after Luiz played him onside.

Maestro: Andrea Pirlo deputised in midfield for Juventus

Maestro: Andrea Pirlo deputised in midfield for Juventus

Jubilant: Gianluigi Buffon was ecstatic after the third goal

Jubilant: Gianluigi Buffon was ecstatic after the third goal

Di Matteo took action by sending on
Victor Moses for Azpilicueta on the hour but Chelsea were 2-0 behind a
minute later in shambolic circumstances.

Their defence was nowhere to be seen
as Asamoah picked out Vidal, whose shot deflected off Ramires and
through the admittedly luckless Cech's legs.

Lichtsteiner departed for Martin
Caceres but there was no sign of a comeback as Juve threatened a third
goal before Di Matteo finally turned to Torres, with John Obi Mikel
making way.

Vucinic produced a Torres-like miss six yards out and Ramires was booked for sending Giorgio Chiellini sprawling.

Chelsea tried to respond but Torres
made no impression and Giovinco came off the bench to seal the game on
the break, poking the ball beyond the onrushing Cech from 20 yards.

Outclassed: Petr Cech was helpless to prevent the goals flying in

Outclassed: Petr Cech was helpless to prevent the goals flying in

On the brink: Roberto Di Matteo suffered a devastating defeat in Turin

On the brink: Roberto Di Matteo suffered a devastating defeat in Turin

United States Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel fastest in first practice

Vettel lays down marker ahead of US Grand Prix with fastest lap in first practice

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UPDATED:

19:05 GMT, 16 November 2012

Sebastian Vettel issued an early warning to Fernando Alonso that he is not prepared for their title fight to go down to the wire.

In the opening practice session at the 250million Circuit of The Americas that plays host to the first United States Grand Prix for five years, Vettel left his rivals in the shade come the end.

It is, of course, still early days on a track still very green and needing to be rubbered in, but as a potential marker, it will have had an effect.

Fastest: Vettel has laid down a marker for Sunday's Grand Prix

Fastest: Vettel has laid down a marker for Sunday's Grand Prix

Fastest: Vettel has laid down a marker for Sunday's Grand Prix

Vettel needs to finish 15 points clear of Alonso on Sunday to become only the third driver in Formula One history – Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher the others – to claim three titles in a row.

Organisers predicted a lap time of one minute 37 seconds for the 5.516km track that has 'borrowed' a number of features from other circuits.

Vettel, however, finished the initial 90 minutes with a time of one minute 38.125secs, and that on the hard, slower tyre compared to the option of the faster medium this weekend that was never used by any driver during FP1.

Waiting in the wings: Alonso is looking to catch the German champion

Waiting in the wings: Alonso is looking to catch the German champion

The opening laps were naturally cautious, with the track noticeably slippy, and with the first timed lap set by Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi of one minute 55 seconds.

Eventually McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took over proceedings and led the way for a lengthy period until the final 10 minutes when Vettel broke the back of the track.

The 25-year-old Red Bull star, who is currently 10 points clear of Alonso, finished 1.418secs clear of Hamilton, the biggest margin at the end of any practice session this season.

Debut: Austin is ready to host the American Grand Prix

Debut: Austin is ready to host the American Grand Prix

Debut: Austin is ready to host the American Grand Prix

Naturally, it is not known what fuel level Vettel was running, but even so it was still an impressive margin, with Alonso third on the timesheet, 2.212secs adrift in his Ferrari.

The top three teams occupied the top six places, with Jenson Button in his McLaren, Red Bull's Mark Webber and Ferrari's Felipe Massa fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, all around 2.5secs down.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg was the best of the rest ahead of Kobayashi and team-mate Sergio Perez in eighth and 10th, with Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes splitting the Sauber duo.

Three and easy: Vettel is looking to secure his third consecutive crown

Three and easy: Vettel is looking to secure his third consecutive crown

Three and easy: Vettel is looking to secure his third consecutive crown

Paul di Resta, apparently struggling badly with the balance of his Force India car, was 11th quickest, 3.658secs behind Vettel, and 0.8secs down on team-mate Hulkenberg.

The Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen, who gave the team their first win this season last time out in Abu Dhabi, and Romain Grosjean were a lowly 14th and 15th but with the prospect of more to come.

At the bottom, and clearly out of his depth on this occasion, was HRT reserve Ma Qing Hua, the Chinese finishing 10.434secs off the pace, and 1.7secs behind team-mate Pedro de la Rosa.