Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Take On Galatasaray – Luiz To Return?
Chelsea are in Turkey to take on Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night. Here’s our predicted starting line-up
Chelsea are in Turkey to take on Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night.
Jose Mourinho had some injury worries to contend with following their 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday with Oscar, David Luiz and John Obi Mikel all doubts.
However, the trio have all made the trip and their fitness will be assessed ahead of kick off. Oscar picked up an ankle injury on Saturday but he’s unlikely to start in any case as Mourinho could revert to a more cautious approach as he looks to take a positive result back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg.
The back four is likely to remain unchanged from the unit that has conceded just two goals in 2014, so Ashley Cole will once again have to make-do with a placed on the bench.
Frank Lampard played the fully ninety minutes at the weekend so he’s likely to make way while Nemanja Matic didn’t travel as he’s ineligible after playing for Benfica in the group stages. If Luiz is passed fit, he could possibly start in the defensive midfield role supported by both Ramires and Mikel.
Eden Hazard is certain to start and Willian has been favoured ahead of Andre Schurrle in recent weeks, while Mohamed Salah is also ineligible for the competition so is back in London.
It will be interesting to see who Mourinho goes for up front in the wake of his recent comments about Samuel Eto’o, but the Cameroonian has been the preferred choice recently so we think he’ll stick with him tomorrow with Fernando Torres among the subs.
Here’s our predicted line-up:
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