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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Galatasaray

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Chelsea will take on Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Champions League round of 16 knock-out tie on Wednesday at Istanbul.

The much hype surrounding this match is the return of club legend Didier Drogba to the Bridge, but Jose Mourinho will have the plans ready in place in stopping the Ivorian from scoring.

hazard oscar432 Possible Chelsea Starting Line Up Against Galatasaray

Although the Blues haven’t lost a single game at home in the league, but they’ve already suffered defeat in this competition at the Bridge, when FC Basel stunned them in the group stages of Champions League.

David Luiz suffered a muscle injury that ruled him out against Everton and may miss out for this tie as well. Hence, Mourinho would go with same back four that started in the last match.

Nemanja Matic has been superb since he re-joined the club in January. His dynamic presence in the midfield makes him already a key cog in the well drilled machine of Mourinho. But he is cup-tied, having already played for Benfica in UCL.

Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel is doubtful, but Mourinho said “We have three days so let’s see. With Mikel and David Luiz, I don’t know if they can recover. It’s important we have at least one of them because we don’t have Matic for the Champions League.”

Salah is also cup-tied having played for Basle this season already while Oscar is doubtful for this tie. Samuel Eto’o could start as a lone forward, while Fernando Torres may be used from the bench.

Prediction: 2-0; Drogba threat will be there throughout the match but Chelsea have enough quality to take a healthy lead in the first leg.

Comments (10)

  1. stop drogba and win the game

  2. Ashley cole should be included due to his wealthy of experience in such competition.Chelsea defence will be threatened by likes of Wesley Sneidjer and DD but chelsea will come out the winner.

  3. chelsea hav d edge over gala….up hazard

  4. Stop Drogba an let’s talk abt Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Lampard, Ramires & Torres.

  5. chelsea all d way. Mou should use lampard n ramirez as double 4. And william, schurlle and hazard as attacking midfielders

  6. Chelsea should stop Didier drogba if dey want to win dat match

  7. We are praying that Hazard and Williams should be stronger than before,,, they are the keys to chelsea’s victory

  8. Drogba is a good striker no doubt but chelsea defenders can keep him silent through out the match. Chelsea all the way.

  9. Chelsea midfield needs the vast experience of Lampard with either Ramires or Mikel. Otherwise stopping Sneijder will be difficult.