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Superb Chelsea march into Champions League quarters

Avram Grant insisted he was happy to confront a major selection headache ahead of tonight's big win.

The goalscorers illustrated the selection problems Grant faces. The first two strikes came from Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard, who effectively kept Michael Essien on the bench.

Salomon Kalou grabbed the third, the Ivory Coast international preferred as a wide forward to Nicolas Anelka.

Accommodating high-profile players, though, is a pressure Grant insists he is relishing, and there was little else to trouble him in terms of the opposition.

The only negative aspect of the evening was the news of goalkeeper Petr Cech picking up an injury and missing the game. Initial reports were of an ankle complaint, and Grant revealed it would need a scan.

Carlo Cudicini, Cech's replacement, could not have chosen a better game to step in for Grant's first-choice stopper.

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