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Champions League Final Team News: Ryan Bertrand IS Set To Start

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We've discussed the possibility that Ryan Bertrand will start against Bayern Munich already and although I liked the idea, I was fairly skeptical that Roberto di Matteo would make such a daring move. Turns out that no he's not, because all indications are that Bertrand will indeed be playing left midfield. In the Champions League final:

Well then. Given that, I'd expect the following lineup (assuming Gary Cahill and David Luiz are fit, and I think we'd know about it if they weren't):

Chelsea starting XI (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Jose Bosingwa; Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel; Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata, Salomon Kalou; Didier Drogba.

Starting Bertrand is a hugely gutsy call, and it might just play off. Jupp Heynckes doesn't have a reputation for being particularly bold, and if Chelsea are going to win this we'll have to rely on a brilliant performance from the players and some gambles from the manager. This, I think, is a step in the right direction.