Chelsea's Defining Moment Has Arrived

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Late Thursday morning in Cobham and Chelsea's training ground is all a hubbub. Players are returning from a welcome few days off, the procession of snazzy sports cars and pristine four-wheel drives purring into the car park interrupted only by Ross Turnbull free-wheeling in on a bicycle. Uefa's doping team loiter in reception, urine sample bottles presumably at the ready, while a group of wide-eyed corporate guests spill out unhelpfully from the media theatre. And yet, as he saunters through the palaver, the former midfielder turned interim first-team coach cum caretaker manager hardly bats an eyelid.

It takes a lot to fluster Roberto Di Matteo, which, at present, is just as well. The Italian is almost six weeks into an unexpected stint in charge of the club he served...

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