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Ramires to miss Chelsea's title run-in after suspension

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will miss the rest of the Premier League season after accepting a four-match ban for violent conduct.

The Brazilian international chose not to contest the Football Association charge for striking Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Ramires has chosen not to contest the charge. Credit: PA Wire

The suspension rules him out of Chelsea's crucial trip to Liverpool on Sunday as well as games against Norwich City and Cardiff.

He will also be banned for the first game of next season.

Jose Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria were also subject to disciplinary action from the FA after the defeat.

Mourinho charged by FA for Sunderland comments

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for comments made following the Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho is facing action from the FA again this season. Credit: PA Wire

Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home record came to an end after Sunderland's 2-1 win.

He subsequently refused to answer questions, instead "congratulating" the game's referee Mike Dean and referees' chief Mike Riley.

Assistant coach Rui Faria has also been charged with two counts of misconduct.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires has been charged with violent conduct following an incident involving Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson.

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Chelsea suffer injury setbacks in Atletico game

Chelsea's first-leg draw with Atletico Madrid was marred by injuries to goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry.

Cech was ruled out for the season with a dislocated shoulder and Terry suffered an ankle injury to rule him out of next Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's Cezch goalkeeper Petr Cech is attended to after being injured. Credit: PA Wire

Jose Mourinho's selection problems are mounting after Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel were ruled out of the second leg through suspension while Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard also struggling with injuries.

"Petr Cech's season over. And John - we have to play the final for him to play with us," Mourinho said.

"We had problems before the game, we had problems during the game, we lost four players during the game, two with injuries, two with yellow cards, but we will fight."

Chelsea draw at Vicente Calderon

Chelsea have drawn 0-0 against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech had to be taken off after an awkward fall 17 minutes into the game. Madrid will head to Stamford Bridge for next weeks second leg.

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Chelsea players leave for stadium ahead of Atletico tie

Chelsea fans in Madrid ahead of Atletico semi-final

Chelsea fans enjoying a beer in central Madrid ahead of tonight's game.
Chelsea fans are hoping to see their side progress to the final. Credit: PA Wire
Chelsea will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid if they overcome Atletico. Credit: PA Wire

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David Luiz 'still thirsty' for Champions League glory

Chelsea defender David Luiz has said he is "still thirsty" for Champions League glory ahead of Chelsea's semi-final against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

The Brazilian defender was part of the Chelsea side who lifted the famous trophy in 2012, and he is keen to repeat the feat in the final next month.

Chelsea's David Luiz. Credit: PA Wire

"We are all enthusiastic, playing in a semi-final is important for all. Atletico have great history and have won many titles. It's a dream to play in a semi-final, I was lucky enough to play [in the final] two years ago and I'm still thirsty for it," Luiz said.

"Everybody has a dream, tomorrow will be a great game and I'm privileged to play in such big matches.

"I think we have a great team, we've managed to reach the semi-final, we all want to win and let's hope we can get to the final."

Mourinho focused on Champions League semi-final

Jose Mourinho insisted his only focus was Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid as he refused to discuss the London side's domestic difficulties.

The Blues face Atletico in the first leg of the European tie on Tuesday night as they aim to put a damaging loss to Sunderland behind them.

Jose Mourinho refused to discuss his side's domestic troubles. Credit: PA Wire

"If you want to speak about the Premier League you have 19 teams in England that you can speak with," Mourinho said.

"We are lucky to be involved in the Champions League, so we are lucky that in the next two days we don't think about the Premier League and what's happened and what is going to happen because now we only think about (the match)."

Mourinho has never led Chelsea into the Champions League final after previously losing against Liverpool in two semi-finals during his previous stint as manager.

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