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Mourinho Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Chelsea Starting XI To Face Liverpool

Chelsea will be looking for a positive result when they face Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi final. Here’s a predicted team for the Blues.

John Obil Mikel

Chelsea will be looking for a positive result to take back to Stamford Bridge when they take on Liverpool in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi final tomorrow night. Here is the side I think Jose Mourinho will select:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois was left on the bench for the second consecutive game on Saturday as he continues to nurse a finger injury and it looks as though Petr Cech will once again start between the sticks on Tuesday.

Defence: Mourinho was forced into making one change at the back at the weekend with Cesar Azpilicueta ruled out after picking up a knock, so Filipe Luis will continue at left back. It’s unlikely the Portuguese coach will opt to shake things up so I’d expect the same back four to start tomorrow with Luis starting alongside John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill.

Midfield: Cesc Fabregas could be moved into a more advanced role if Mourinho wants to add a more defensive-minded player alongside Nemanja Matic in front of the defence, and I think John Obi Mikel could be the man he turns to.

Attack: With Fabregas deployed further forward we could see Oscar rested despite his two-goal display at Swansea, while Ramires may also come in for Willian to give them even more protection to combat the dangerous Raheem Sterling down that side. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are almost certain to keep their places in the team.

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

What do you think of the team? What line-up would you go with?

5 Comments

5 Comments

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  2. stephen

    January 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Ramires has not been efficient and consistent this season,there4, i prefer Willian instead.

  3. Adewale

    January 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Your predicted lineup is very okay, let Jose Mourinho make use of Mikel and Ramirez into the starting against
    Liverpool.

  4. chukwuemeka

    January 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I would prefer cech, iva,cahill, terry, luis, matic, mikel,fab, salah,hazard n costa

  5. Chelsea Alan

    January 20, 2015 at 5:03 am

    On past experience I think Jose will start with the same 11 as he did against Swansea as the playes only played one match last week. IMHO he will tinker by resting certain players for the Bradford game on Saturday. I would expect to see Zouma face Bradford in place of Terry and possibly Fabregas, Hazard and Costa all on the bench for the FA Cup game. He will want to rest key players for the home game against Liverpool as much as possible. Remembering that Jose is the king of plotting two leg cup games this next 10 days or so is going to be intriguing as we are playing two MORE games than City for their most important visit to SB a week on Saturday. The lack of true cover for Hazard, Oscar and Willian is Chelsea’s only real weaknss as neither Schurrle or Salah are good enough to replace any of these 3 key players for Jose.

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