Chelsea lives (for now)

Updated: December 5, 2011, 3:56 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

As disappointed as I was that the height of Mario Balotelli's crowd-pleasing antics consisted of simply using his shoulder to knock the ball into an open net when any other player on the planet would have banally slotted home with either foot or head, I guess the naughty Italian had a reason to be on his best behavior. Balotelli hopes to play Wednesday in Manchester City's most important Champions League match in the club's history since, well, the last one, in which it contrived to lose to Napoli ...

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