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PSG extended their winning streak in all competitions to 9 games with an impressive 3-1 win over Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final 1st leg on Wednesday. The game started on a bright note for the home side with Lavezzi latching on to a poor clearance by John Terry to give PSG the lead. Chelsea, who started with no striker up front, levelled through a Hazard penalty. The game drifted for a while after that but David Luiz blotted his game by sending the ball in his own net. A late goal from Javier Pastore gave enough cushion for PSG for whom the only sore point is the injury scare to their talisman – Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Crystal Palace have dealt a massive blow to Chelsea's title aspirations by beating the Blues 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to a John Terry own goal. The result was a massive one for the Eagles with Tony Pulis' men edging ever closer to securing their top flight status by picking up their first league win against Chelsea in 24 years.

As far as Chelsea are concerned, Jose Mourinho's men have now lost back to back games on the road 1-0 and will head to Paris for their massive UEFA Champions League clash against Paris St. Germain with the knowledge that their title challenge in the Premier League is under serious threat and if they do not produce the goods in the Champions League, they could end the season without any silverware to show for their efforts.

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One of the many quirks during Rafa Benitez's 'interim' term at Chelsea was the disappearance of John Terry from the pitch and from the limelight. The Chelsea captain made a mere 14 appearances in the Premier League last season and one wonders if Jose Mourinho didn't take over last summer, the ex-England Captain might well have been on his way out of the club. But since the 'Special One's' takeover, Terry has been a rejuvenated force, a fact highlighted by the 28 games that he has started this campaign. And, now the Metro reports that the 33 year old will be offered a one-year extension when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has aimed his guns at Chelsea, following his side’s 1-0 loss to the Blues at Stamford Bridge last evening. The Spaniard said that the west Londoners’ familiarity with “every trick in the book” enabled them to edge out the Merseysiders in what was a tooth and nail fight for both teams.

Chelsea were unable to break an determined Everton side until the 93rd minute, when a Frank Lampard free kick enabled John Terry to nudge the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard. The free kick was awarded to the hosts following a collision between Everton’s Phil Jagielka and Chelsea’s Ramires.

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"Captain, Leader, Legend" reads the banner at Stamford Bridge. The adulation towards their legendary captain would surely have gone up to another level after he played a key part in the goal which will probably be looked back upon as the title winning goal if the Blues manage to reach the finish line. For ninety minutes, Roberto Martinez's Everton had outplayed Chelsea, for ninety minutes, Jose Mourinho looked short of ideas but by the third minute of stoppage time, Stamford Bridge was breathing a huge sigh of relief as Terry's late late poke deflected off Howard to provide the winner which propelled Chelsea to a 1-0 victory.

Jose Mourinho made three changes to the side that succumbed to defeat at Manchester City last week. Captain John Terry recovered from injury to replace David Luiz in the centre of defence. Ramires and Mikel's defensive qualities were shelved and in came the likes of Oscar and Lampard to induce more flair to Chelsea's play. With Everton likely to play a high intensity passing game, Chelsea's midfield duo of Lampard and Matic, both who aren't known for their workrates, looked slightly suspect especially with no Ramires in the team.One other surprise was the omission of Torres despite Eto'o's poor run of form since his hat-trick against Manchester United.

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Amidst rumours that Chelsea are close to agreeing a new 1 year deal with talisman defender and skipper John Terry, manager Jose Mourinho could be plotting a transfer away from Stamford Bridge for under-used Brazilian defender David Luiz.

Many would argue that Mourinho has come to realize the utility of Luiz as a defensive midfielder given his on the ball skills, but there are bound to be huge squad management problem for Mourinho next season, should he promote Luiz as a long term defensive midfielder.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed his talismanic club captain John Terry as the best centre-back in England, reports the Daily Express. 33-year old Terry had a tough time last season under former interim boss Rafael Benitez, who felt that the England ace was past his prime. Mourinho meanwhile says that he is surprised by the consistency shown by Terry despite the setback last season.

Speaking about the veteran star, Mourinho said, “I was not expecting him still to be the best. Not after the season he had last year. But to me he is still the best centre back in England. I trust John and he trusts me. I would like to see John playing this way until the end of the season. The World Cup is with him and Roy, not with me.”

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