Chelsea name Champions League squad, Michael Essien not included

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The Blues named their squad for the Champions League group stage today.

Yesterday we talked about the coming roster crunch for the Champions League roster, and today we found out who the odd man out was. Chelsea named the following players to their squad, but can also add players to the 'B list' at a later time should they choose to do so:

Goalkeepers - Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer, Jamal Blackman (B list)

Defenders - Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand, John Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill

Midfielders - Ramires, Willian, Oscar, John Obi Mikel, Marco van Ginkel, Kevin De Bruyne, Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard

Forwards - Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto'o

Michael Essien was the odd man out, a surprising decision considering the amount that he played for Real Madrid last season. I think most assumed that he'd play a good deal this season, but he hasn't featured for the Blues yet and now won't take part in any of the group stage games.

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