Chelsea players surprise patients with visit to Westminster Hospital

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Chelsea players kept up a long-standing tradition after paying a surprise visit to Westminster Hospital to spread some early Christmas cheer by dishing out presents and posing for photos with unsuspecting patients in west London.

The Daily Mail reports that a host of first-team stars were in attendance - along with Blues boss Jose Mourinho - for the fun-filled festivities on Monday, which is always received well by the children and staff on the hospital wards.

Club captain John Terry and summer signing Filipe Luis were among some of the players that uploaded pictures on their Instagram accounts to celebrate the occasion, which always puts into perspective just how charmed a lifestyle your average Premier League footballer leads.

It's always a humbling experience for anyone visiting others less fortunate than themselves, and it's great to see the Stamford Bridge star's doing their bit to give something back, with several nice snaps of a variety of different players spreading joy to numerous patients that are likely to be spending the seasonal break away from home.

There was certainly no sign of the disappointment that Chelsea's players must have been feeling following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, as the result at St James' Park ended the Premier League leaders' unbeaten start to the 2014/15 campaign.

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In truth, moments like this put into perspective the importance - or lack thereof - that football really has, but Mourinho will be hoping that the feel-good spirit from the surprise visit will have a positive influence on his squad as they prepare for tomorrow night's Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon.

Chelsea have already booked their place in the knockout stage of the competition after securing top spot in Group H, but Wednesday's Portuguese opponents still need a point to ensure their progression into the last 16.

However, the replica shirts, scarves and signed photos that were offered to the patients at Westminster Hospital is likely to be the end of any gifts given out by the Blues this festive period, so Sporting shouldn't expect anything quite as generous when the two teams meet later this week.

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