Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Galatasaray – Lampard To Return?

By on March 17, 2014

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Chelsea entertain Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, here’s our predicted team.

The Blues were boosted by the return to full training of defender David Luiz on Monday. The Brazilian hasn’t played since picking up an injury while away with the national team earlier this month but while he’s back in contention, he’s unlikely to start with Jose Mourinho expected to continue with Gary Cahill and John Terry at the back.

Ashley Cole remains out with an injury that’s already kept him out of their last two games, so Cesar Azpilicueta will retain his place at left-back while Branislav Ivanovic continues at right-back.

Nemanja Matic is ineligible so Mourinho has a void to fill in midfield and it could see Frank Lampard recalled along with John Obi Mikel, while Ramires could be moved further up field to offer more protection. Willian was dismissed against Aston Villa on Saturday so won’t be able to play versus Arsenal at the weekend, which could see Mourinho start the Brazilian tomorrow night along with Eden Hazard.

It will be interesting to see who starts up front. Samuel Eto’o missed the weekend defeat with a knock so Fernando Torres could continue up top. Here’s the team we think Mourinho will go with:

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

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9 Comments

  1. Chibuzo

    March 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    The line up is ok but i will like lampard to come in as subtitude let matic start with mikel obi.

    • sir bob

      March 18, 2014 at 1:59 am

      I hope they play matic instead of Mr. Square ball mikel.

  2. sir bob

    March 18, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I hope they play matic instead of Mr. Square ball mikel.

    • JNR

      March 18, 2014 at 4:15 am

      You fool, you saw what your stupid matic did in that villa’s match, or u want me to borrow you eyes glaces

  3. bon

    March 18, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Matic is cup tied you idiot!

  4. Raymond

    March 18, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Cech, terry,cahil, cesar,ivan,mikel ramires,lampard,wilian. Harzard eto.diz a team 2 beat

  5. Awolola Olajide

    March 18, 2014 at 6:37 am

    As for me the lineup is ok jose shld not start matic bcos he is d cause of villa goal against chelsea so matic is not in good form this week.

  6. TIMO VICTOR

    March 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hey guys, Matic and Salah both not allowed to play in UEFA, since they already participated with their former clubs that is Benfica and Basel respectively.

  7. Chima paul

    March 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Notin to write

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