Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Take On Steaua Bucharest

By on December 10, 2013

Chelsea entertain Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night looking to secure top spot in Champions League Group E.

The Blues are already safely through to the knockout stages but will want to see-off the Romanians to ensure they finish above either Basel or Schalke.

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he’ll make some changes from the team that lost 3-2 to Stoke City on Saturday. One man who is certain to start is veteran defender Ashley Cole, with the 32-year-old set to play his first game in over a month at left-back.

David Luiz trained on Tuesday so is likely to be recalled giving John Terry a well-earned rest, while Frank Lampard could come back in alongside Ramires in midfield.

Oscar also trained on Tuesday but may only return to the bench with Juan Mata and Edena Hazard continuing in attack, while Willian is likely to be given a chance to impress with Andre Schurrle given a breather following his two-goal display at the weekend.

Fernando Torres is almost certainly going to make way up front with Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o vying for the lone striker role. Here’s the team Mourinho could go with:

What do you think of our team? What would be your XI? Share your views below.

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20 Comments

  1. Omolade Fatiu

    December 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    They are all good to start. I like predicted line up

  2. nasiru

    December 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    lampard is old and tired.he should be replaced

  3. olalekan salami osama

    December 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Chec ivanonic luis chaill cole ramires mikel mata hazard willian ba.

  4. simonpeter patrick

    December 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    i did nt like de lineup jose shuld drop lamp and ivanonic and use azp and mikel so dat we can win dis game so i want jose 2 use dis cech,azp,cahill,liuz,cole,ramirez,mikel,mate,hazard,williams and ba or torres nt stupid eto

    • Sharif Hamisi

      December 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Exactly simo, i lyk ur line-up, Mou, sh’ld rest Terry,Ivanovic,Lampard n even Czech if possible, coz he iz also showing tiredness, let him rest like Hart n start Experienced oldman Shwarzer, unless he provez committed, but if Czech continues like diz, he sh’ld be rested. We cn’t only blame defenders even Czech is in 4 it. He has now started losing concetration at da post, Czech watch-out. ”Sharu” bluez mambo byed.

  5. Antonio

    December 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I dnt kw wot Lampard, Essien, De Bruyne, Cole, Betrand, Eto’o, Ba, Torres al doin in chelsea.

    My lineup is
    cech.
    Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole.
    Ramires, mikel.
    Schürrle. Oscar. Hazard
    Ba

    • fikky

      December 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I TOTALLY AGREE

  6. ken oyaya

    December 11, 2013 at 2:27 am

    my team is
    cech
    azpi cahill luiz(Kalas) ashley cole

    ramirez mikel(luiz)

    KDB(Oscar) Hazard Shurrle

    Ba

    cesh playing coz i don’t have a better option, ottherwise if Thibaut was there he wld be in my line up any day. Lampard n Terry wld be fringe players coz they are thr weakest link in the team.
    KDB would start 60% of marches since he is a pure talent.
    Luiz would play a role he frequently did under Benitez CB/CM.

    Torres should have been sold last winter and Feruz promoted to take up his role.

    Lukaku would my CF of choice.

  7. chris

    December 11, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Drop eto and use torres

  8. Nankat

    December 11, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Up chelsea, lineup is ok.

  9. peter

    December 11, 2013 at 6:11 am

    For chelsea to win anything this season we must get use to this line up

    chech

    Azpc Luiz Cahil Cole

    Mikel Willian

    Hazard Mata Oscar

    Torres

  10. peter

    December 11, 2013 at 6:12 am

    For chelsea to win anything this season we must get use to this line up,

    chech

    Azpc Luiz Cahil Cole

    Mikel Willian

    Hazard Mata Oscar

    Torres

  11. REALITY X2

    December 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

    In CFC now, no lineup is 100% fit as far as i knw. Wot we hve nw is individual fitness as u cn see frm players lyk E.HAZARD,MATA,SCHURLLE, etc,So Mou shud luk deep in2 his team nd gve us d bst he knws cn perform atleast 75% if nt abve.

  12. samuel dammy

    December 11, 2013 at 7:01 am

    In my own opinion i think the line up is ok, lampard shouldn’t be drop because of the young players . Thank GOD ashley cole is back i think the defence will be more solid today……..

  13. wizzymania

    December 11, 2013 at 7:01 am

    We don’t have strikers so cech shld go to the front n let stupid eto,torres n ba shld go to the post.I think cech can give us goals like hazard n schurrle.

  14. marvelous

    December 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    i love dy line up j m need two use ba bt in all c will win dy macth

  15. TIMO VICTOR

    December 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    All 3 strikers dat is Torres, BA,and Etoo should be exited in january,so dat we can raise the fund for Falcao,and bring back Lukaku,I Think CFC will be strong enough for EPL tittle race.

  16. agent yax

    December 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Ramirez needs to rest he has been overworked that’s why he missed all those chances in the games against stoke,let’s manage lampard in the midfield with mikel

  17. ola

    December 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    i no morinho is crazy, drop lamp & use mikel 4get stupid eto pls use ba

  18. 4lan

    December 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    My prefered lineup 4 d match is….. Shwzar; Azpi,Cahil,Luiz,Cole; Mikel,Lampard; De-Bryn,Mata,Willian; Shurrle wit Blackman,Iva,Terry,Hazard,Ramires,Oscar,Torres on d bench

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