Andre Villas Boas had to heave a huge sigh of relief because his boss's breath was right on his neck. He would have been in mortal danger of losing his job if Chelsea had exited at this stage. As it happened the Blues progressed quite smoothly scoring a 3-0 win over Valencia.
Didier Drogba is coming alive at the right time and the massively talented Daniel Sturridge is proving to be quite the story. Juan Mata's addition to the side to the detriment of the rest of his Premiership suitors was vindicated for the umpteenth time as he helped set up two of the goals.