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10.19.2006

Chelsea defeated Barcelona with an excellent Drogba

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In a really intense match, Didier Drogba's superb goal saw Chelsea defeat Barcelona to maintain The Blues' 100 percent start to Group A.

The great African striker Drogba's turn and shot from the edge of the area just seconds after the interval gave Jose Mourinho's squad a deserved 1-0 victory as the group rivals resumed hostilities at Stamford Bridge.

It's important to say that twenty-four hours earlier, José Mourinho had listed Drogba as a fitness concern, but he plus Ashley Cole and Claude Makelele were declared fit enough to start.

That meant all change at full-back from the Reading match with Khalid Boulahrouz moving across the right side and Ricardo Carvalho restored to the centre.

With Michael Ballack fit for the game as well, the diamond midfield was restored with Andriy Shevchenko and Drogba paired up front.

"From a pure sports point of view, it is a really good victory, not just the three points, but the way we got the three points," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who dedicated the victory to Cech and Cudicini.

"I just feel sorry we could not kill the clash off before, because we had many, many chances to score the second goal. For the difference between the two sides tonight, I think 1-0 is short" he admitted.