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Chelsea Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups/Game Thread

Chelsea (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Jose Bosingwa; Raul Meireles, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda; Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge.

Substitutes: Henrique Hilario, Frank Lampard, Paulo Ferreira, Josh McEachran, Salomon Kalou, Alex, Nicolas Anelka.

Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1?): Bernd Leno; Gonzalo Castro, Michal Kadlec, Omer Toprak, Stefan Reinartz; Simon Rolfes, Lars Bender; Sidney Sam, Michael Ballack, Andre Schürrle; Stefan Kiessling

Substitutes: David Yelldell, Daniel Schwaab, Manuel Friedrich, Renato Augusto, Hanno Balitsch, Erin Derdiyok, Karim Bellarabi

No John Terry (not sure why), so Petr Cech is captain, and the 4-2-3-1 is a guess (which was wrong!) based on the personnel in the starting lineup. Am really curious to see how well Torres links up with Mata and Sturridge. Also, Leverkusen's lineup is weird, but hey it's Michael Ballack time. Let's go Chelsea!

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