Late drama lifts Scolari

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Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted Frank Lampard's last-gasp winner against Stoke had eased the pressure on him.

Stoke looked set to pile the agony on the Brazilian coach when Rory Delap put them ahead in the 59th minute. But an equaliser from substitute Juliano Belletti set up a great escape, which Lampard completed in the third minute of stoppage-time to cap his 400th appearance for the club.

Scolari said :"What you need, Frank gives to you. He is a man. Before I have some pressure, now I don't have pressure."

He added: "Frank is part of the history of this club. He is a fantastic player and he and his family will remember his goal in the last minute of his 400th appearance."

Scolari's future could have been in major doubt had Belletti and Lampard not found the goals to overcome Stoke - but the Brazilian is still facing a difficult time.

He has lost the services of Joe Cole for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage and John Terry pulled out of the game with a back injury in the pre-match warm-up.

Scolari left Didier Drogba out of the squad for the second time in four days and insisted that, at the moment, youngsters Miroslav Stoch and Franco Di Santo offer him more than the Ivorian.

Both youngsters came off the bench to inspire Chelsea's fightback and Scolari added: "Di Santo is a young boy. He came on the pitch and helped us.

"Miroslav Stoch is a young boy and he helped us. This is the way for Chelsea in this moment.

"It was my choice not to have Drogba. He is training every day and it is only my choice. Maybe next week, I choose him to play or stay with us in the 18 players. It is a choice of mine, that's all."

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Didier Drogba
Joe Cole
Stoke City
John Terry
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Rory Delap
Juliano Belletti
Franco Di Santo

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