WEDNESDAY: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals CHELSEA-VALENCIA (TV: ESPN Deportes, live, 2:30 pm ET; ESPN Classic, delay, 5 pm ET)
Chelsea remains alive in its bid for an unprecedented quadruple -- it has already won the
English League Cup and is still in contention in the English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League -- but its indifferent form has prompted renewed speculation that Manager Jose Mourinho
will be gone after this season, his third at Stamford Bridge.
Of more immediate concern to Mourinho is the Blues' rash of injuries. They
will be without Dutch winger Arjen Robben
(out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury) and Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien
(lingering knee problems) for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal series against Valencia. Robben is a big loss as Chelsea needs to take the game to Valencia at home, where the Blues
have won their last four Champions League games.
In the absence of injured striker Fernando Morientes
(expected to be fit for next week's second leg),
will lead the Valencia attack. Villa, linked with a move to Chelsea in January, scored his 11th La Liga goal of the season and set up the other
two for Valencia in its 3-2 win over Espanyol on Saturday. PROBABLE LINEUPS:
19-Diarra, 6-Ricardo Carvalho, 26-Terry, 3-A.Cole; 12-Mikel, 4-Makelele, 13-Ballack, 8-Lampard; 11-Drogba, 7-Shevchenko Valencia:
4-Ayala, 20-Albiol, 24-Moretti; 15-Joaquin, 6-Albelda, 16-Hugo Viana, 21-David Silva; 10-Angulo, 7-David Villa Referee:
Tom Henning Ovrebo