Sofiane Fegohuli of Valencia and Ashley Cole of Chelsea battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Valencia CF and Chelsea at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia, Spain. Chelsea and Valencia play again on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Stamford Bridge Hosts Tuesday's Biggest Match

Chelsea and Valencia are likely battling for one place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages when they clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Full Time, Blues Coast Through To Round Of 16

Chelsea put in a fantastic performance with their backs against the wall on Tuesday, defeating Valencia 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League to not only go through, but finish top of Group E. The Blues would have been out with a loss or a scoring draw, but put in an excellent performance and never looked like they weren't going to win the match.

Didier Drogba netted in the 3rd minute, assisted by Juan Mata, and the game was all but over at that point. Valencia kept the ball well through most of the first half, but failed to break down the Blues and were burned on the counter for the second goal. This time Drogba set it up, holding up the ball and playing a great through ball to Ramires. Victor Ruiz should have been able to clear the ball, but allowed Ramires to run around him and score.

Drogba completed a man of the match performance with his second goal, a brilliant 75th minute finish that sealed the result for Chelsea. Mata provided the assist again, sliding a great through ball past the Valencia defense for Drogba to run onto and chip into the back of the net to seal the victory.

Bayer Leverkusen will join them in the knockout stages after they finished second in Group E. Valencia will to to the UEFA Europa League.

Check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History for more on the Blues. We'll have coverage of all of the UEFA Champions League matches at SB Nation Soccer. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Halftime, Blues Cruising, All But Through

Chelsea are well on their way to a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, thanks to a great first half performance against Valencia. They're leading 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and though they've allowed Valencia to have a majority of the possession, the score is deserved and is an accurate reflection of what's happened on the pitch thus far.

It took just three minutes for the Blues to open up the scoring, with Didier Drogba providing the finish. The Ivorian international has had a fantastic game thus far, playing very well for the entire half. Juan Mata provided a great assist with some fancy footwork before he played a ball across the box for Drogba to finish off.

Ramires added the second in the 21st minute on the counter attack. Drogba provided the assist, coming back for the ball and holding up before playing a great through ball. Victor Ruiz appeared to have great position to make a clearance, but let Ramires run around him and hit the ball into the back of the net.

It's a long way back for Los Che, but they only need to equalize, not win to go through.

Check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History for more on the Blues. We'll have coverage of all of the UEFA Champions League matches at SB Nation Soccer. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia Live, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups

The lineups are out for the crucial UEFA Champions League encounter between Chelsea and Valencia, and Andre Villas-Boas has thrown everyone a little bit of a curveball. Though the difference in quality between his midfielders is minimal and none of them lack experience, it's a bit surprising that both Ramires and Raul Meireles have been selected ahead of Frank Lampard. Oriol Romeu is unsurprisingly in the team ahead of John Obi Mikel after a string of good performances. Valencia's selection is mostly dictated for them by injuries, but they've still picked a strong side. Here are the lineups.

Chelsea lineup (4-3-3): Cech; Cole, Terry, Luiz, Ivanovic; Romeu, Meireles, Ramires; Mata, Drogba, Sturridge

Valencia lineup (4-2-3-1): Diego Alves; Alba, Ruiz, Rami, Barragan; Costa, Albelda; Mathieu, Jonas, Feghouli, Soldado

Kickoff is at 2:45 pm ET, 7:45 pm GMT and we'll have live coverage right here.

Check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History for more on the Blues. We'll have coverage of all of the UEFA Champions League matches at SB Nation Soccer. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Los Che's Attitude Makes Them Hard To Beat

Valencia needed a last-minute goal to draw Chelsea at home in their first UEFA Champions League meeting. They've won all of the games they were supposed to win in Champions League and La Liga, but have lost at home to Real Madrid, away to Sevilla and away to Bayer Leverkusen. Their best result of the season was a home draw against Barcelona. Valencia can pull an upset at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, but their form suggests that this might be a bit too tough of a task.

In that loss to Real Madrid, Valencia went down by multiple goals and fought back, eventually losing 3-2 to Los Merengues in a thrilling match. Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History likes their chances of advancing to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but is only cautiously optimistic. They point this out while describing Valencia's fight-back against Real Madrid.

Valencia came back twice to narrow down the lead to one and almost equalized in the dying minutes of the game. It is partly due to the tactical change by Emery but it is also the result of the never-say-die attitude that Valencia has. And their on form striker Soldado personified that attitude in that game. He was always in the move to initiate an attack. He was always chasing loose balls. He was always looking to run in behind the Madrid defense. It paid off for him because he scored both of Valencia's goal in that game. This game should be a good warning sign to Chelsea -- even a solid two-goal lead will not be secure against Los Che. Even if we were fortunate enough to take that kind of lead, we must not lose concentration or we will be punished.

No matter what happens, Valencia's attitude and spirit should at least make this game fun.   

Check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History for more on the Blues. We'll have coverage of all of the UEFA Champions League matches at SB Nation Soccer. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: An Invitation To The Blues

It's Chelsea versus themselves versus Valencia, and it promises to be a cracker.

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Tactical Preview

Breaking down all of the tactical dilemmas that Andre Villas-Boas and Unai Emery ahead of the key UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Valencia

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Chelsea Vs. Valencia, 2011 UEFA Champions League Matchday 6: Time, TV Schedule And Team News

Chelsea and Valencia are likely battling for one place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages when they clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday

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