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Mourinho Makes 4 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Maccabi Tel Aviv

Chelsea will look to start their European campaign with a win when they play Maccabi Tel Aviv tomorrow night. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick:


Chelsea will look to start their European campaign with a win when they play Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will pick:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out for the foreseeable future through injury so Asmir Begovic will deputise in goal tomorrow night.

Defence: Mourinho has confirmed he’ll make a few changes to his starting eleven after another disappointing display during the 3-1 loss to Everton on Saturday.

I think Gary Cahill will get a recall alongside John Terry with Kurt Zouma dropping out while Cesar Azpilicueta could move across to right back to replace the out-of-sorts Branislav Ivanovic. That would mean summer signing Baba Rahman could make his full debut on the left side of defence.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas is another who’s been below his best this season but I think we’ll see him retain his place. John Obi Mikel was brought in away at Everton with Fabregas further forward but the Blues don’t need two defensive midfielders at home to Maccabi so I think we’ll see the Nigerian drop back out tomorrow.

Attack: Willian was unfortunate to be left out against the Toffees so I think he might get a recall with Pedro rested. Oscar is also back in contention after being passed fit to return to the squad while Eden Hazard and Diego Costa should keep their places despite their disappointing form of late.

Here is how I think we’ll see Chelsea line-up:

What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?



  1. nathaniel

    September 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I think Loftus cheek should replace fabregas and fabregas should take cam postion with Oscar and William as wings.hazard must rest and solanke can start.

    • nahombebo

      September 15, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Solanke is on loan at Vitesse and mou wouldn’t give chance to youngsters in UCL opening match but Ramires could start.

  2. Chinedu Michael

    September 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I prefer pedro to strike than costa

    • Nanakow

      September 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

      positive comment

  3. Nanakow

    September 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I do not known why mou prefer starting Diego Costa than Remy or is he on loan too.

  4. felix sila

    September 16, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I think mikel should replace fabri and remy up front with pedro oscar and hazard ivanovic out for the rest of the season

  5. Stephen Diligence

    September 16, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Fabregas and ivanovic should be rested 4d whole season.he should play Ramirez in fab’s position and Apzi in ivanovic’s place.costa also should be rested as he has lost his striking ability and he should play pedro as a striker.he should also drop Zouma 4 Cahill

    • Denis Bannah

      September 16, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Remy is not fit, Pedro should start up front and Costa should rest,Baba raman should start at left back then caused at right back. Branislav should rest as well.blues forever

  6. deco

    September 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Pedro, Oscar,hazard

  7. Obed Jefferson

    September 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Ivan shouldn’t start any match till mid October. Hazard and Diego should start from the bench. Begovic,J.T,Cahill,Dave,Baba,Matic,Fab.,Willian,Oscar,Kenedy,Remy. #cfcfamily

  8. Abioye Femi Micheal

    September 16, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Begovic 1,Azplicueta 2 , Rahman Baba 3, Mikel Obi 4, John Terry 5, Cahill 6,Matic 11, Pedro 7, Oscar 8, Costa 9, Hazard 10

  9. Maxwell

    September 16, 2015 at 9:57 am

    For Me,I’m Going For Azpilicueta,JT,Cahill And Rahman Cause JT’S Experience In The CL Will Matter A Lot…..Then,Ruben Loftus Cheek And Either Ramires,Mikel Obi Or Fabregas In Midfield And Hazard,Oscar,Kennedy/Willian And Remy In Attack.

  10. Zuzi

    September 16, 2015 at 10:11 am

    D squard is okay like dat, I lov it.

  11. sundiking

    September 16, 2015 at 10:16 am

    i love the second half fabregas should be drop for kenedy and costa for remy, william for pedro

  12. jenikah

    September 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

    i think it is about time we start utilizing the qualities of our youth. so as for me am going in for 1. Begovic 2. Azpi 3. Baba 4. JT 5. Cahill 6. Rubey-Cheek 7. Willian 8. Ramires 9. Remy 10. Oscar Jnr 11. Traore
    Blackman, Ivanovic, Hazard, Costa, Mikel, Fab, Matic, Pedro. We have one crazy crash this weekend against a serious rival (Arsenal). UP CHELSEA. A TRUE BLUE

    • seidu abdul karim

      September 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      my todays line up for de blues .begovic,cezar terry,cahil,baba,fabregas,williams,matic,oscar,hazard n costa

  13. igama justez

    September 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    2 me begovic, azplicuata,baba,cahil,terry,mikel,ramires,oscar,kenedy,remy,willian

  14. abdiqa

    September 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

    begovic,azpilicueta,cahil,j.terry,baba rahman,n,matic,c,fabregas,pedro,oscar,hazard,falcao

  15. Torfic Dechi

    September 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    l would like to see falcao in e game

  16. eden pedro

    September 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    begovic, azpilicueta, cahill, terry, baba rahman, ramires, fabregas, pedro, oscar, hazard, costa. Sub: oscar for wilian,, pedro for remy,, nd fabregas for kenedy. Ivanovic is the reason for chelsea failure this season if they fire morinho, it is because of ivanovic

  17. Bab D Mudy

    September 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Matic +oscar
    Pedro + william + kenedy.

  18. Paul opuru

    September 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    mine z::begovic,, azpi,, cahill

  19. Paul opuru

    September 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    mine z::begovic,, azpi,, cahill,,Terry,, baba,, matic,, fab,, Pedro,, Oscar,, hazard,, Costa

  20. Lorenzo

    September 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Begovic, azp, baba, j.terry, cahil, John mikel, William, oscar, hazard, pedro.

  21. Jonathan madzivire

    September 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    3points is for e Blues with this 1st 11..begovic,azp,cahill,terry,baba,matic,willian,oscar,Pedro,hazard & remy

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