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Despite spots in Europe up for grabs, Arsenal and Chelsea lacked energy

Updated: April 21, 2012, 12:25 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

LONDON -- Preoccupied with Tuesday's Champions League return leg in Barcelona, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo made eight changes from the side that stunned the Catalans 1-0 in midweek for Saturday's pivotal London derby against Arsenal. Robust captain John Terry, his central defensive partner Gary Cahill and keeper Petr Cech were the only ones to survive the squad rotation.

The move was only slightly surprising.

Even if Chelsea's likeliest opportunity to ...

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