All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Manchester City and FC Basel.
Manchester City's 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur has given them confidence they can embark on a goal-scoring run, putting other teams to the sword and slaying all, surpassing the 103 record haul tallied by Chelsea during the 2009-2010 title-winning season.
The six returned at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday sees their current collection rise to 34 and Yaya Toure is hopeful that the Citizens can smash the Pensioners' record: 'We have the strikers [Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo],' he is quoted to have said by The Telegraph. 'The two guys up front are unbelievable.'
Having accumulated nine points from a potential 12 available, Chelsea are in the most commanding position at the top of Group E in the Champions League. Their good work in the four games prior means they have relieved pressure in this evening's mardy with FC Basel at the St. Jakob-Park.
Jose Mourinho is quoted by The Independent to have said: 'If somebody has to feel the pressure, it's not us. It's Basle, because they are in a limited situation to qualify for the next round. They are under pressure and we are not. We can finish the job to qualify and Basle, even if they win, have to play a last final at Gelsenkirchen [against Schalke].
'For them, the situation is difficult. This shows clearly that, after the first match, we did our job and they didn't do theirs. This Chelsea is better than the Chelsea that played at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully we can continue the good run we've had in the Champions League and finish the job.'
The provisional squad for the Basle test is as follows: Cech, Schwarzer, Blackman, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Bertrand.
And finally, the boss joked around with journalists at the pre-match press conference as the media were fascinated with Mourinho's shaved head. He was asked who cut his hair, he replied it was 'myself, I asked Fernando for his machine and I did it in front of the mirror. It's nice… and cheap!'
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