Int'l Champions Cup - Chelsea vs. A.C. Milan: Lineups & Game Thread

Stanley Chou

Hey, it's the semifinals of the Jose Mourinho Cup© (I see you, Peezy).

Did you see El Drogba abuse the Arsenal earlier today? Some things never get old.

Oh, we have a match today? Damn - apologies.

So, this evening, Chelsea look to make it five wins in five preseason matches, tangling with AC Milan in the semifinal round of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Semifnal round? Sure, I guess you could call a meaningless game in a meaningless round of a meaningless competition a semifinal.

Meaningless isn't quite right, though, is it? Especially considering what potentially lay ahead if a win is conjured at MetLife Stadium in Jersey. Real Madrid's 2-1 victory against Everton last night in the City of Angels means a Chelsea victory today sets up a scrumptious "championship match" on Wednesday in Flo-Rida.

Jose. Carlo. Madrid. Chelsea.

Almost seems inevitable doesn't it?

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There's a certain Milan side left to navigate, one that, in addition to the young pharaoh, includes a Super Mario and an Urby.

Chelsea starting XI (4-2-3-1)

Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand; Marco van Ginkel, Michael Essien; Kevin De Bruyne, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Demba Ba.

Bench: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ramires, Juan Mata, John Obi Mikel, Fernando Torres, Victor Moses, Romelu Lukaku, Andre Schurrle.

Rossoneri starting XI (4-3-1-2)
Christian Abbiati; Luca Antonini, Christian Zapata, Matias Silvestre, Urby Emmanuelson; Sulley Ali Muntari, Nigel de Jong, Ricardo Montolivo, Kevin Prince Boateng; Stephan El Shaarawy, Mario Balotelli.

Bench: Marco Amelia, Gabriel, Kevin Constant, Davide Pacifico, Bakaye Traore, Andrea Poli, Antonio Nocerino, Bryan Cristante, Andrea Petagna, M'Baye Niang.

So, where is David Luiz? Hopefully not on a plane to Catalonia.

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