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Chelsea vs. AS Roma, Preseason Friendly: Lineups & Game Thread

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Laurence Griffiths

Slightly fewer story lines in this one than versus Real Madrid, not that Eden Hazard facing his former Lille coach or Chelsea playing against once-rumored transfer target Daniele De Rossi aren't worth mentioning.

Ninety more minutes of preseason to go then; as much as fun as it's been, it's dragged on for just a bit too long now.  I'm ready for the season to start, like, yesterday.  So let's get this over with and bring on the matches actually worth some points.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Mark Schwarzer | Ryan Bertrand, John Terry, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta | John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien | Andre Schurrle, Kevin De Bruyne, Victor Moses | Fernando Torres

Substitutes from: Jamal Blackman, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Marco van Ginkel, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku

AS Roma starting lineup (4-3-3):
Morgan De Sanctis | Federico Balzaretti, Leandro Castan, Mehdi Benatia, Maicon | Alessandro Florenzi, Kevin Strootman, Michael Bradley | Francesco Totti, Pablo Osvaldo, Erik Lamela

In other news, it's our birthday today.  WAGNH is three years old.  For our birthday, José has seen fit to give us a David Luiz start.  THANK YOU, JOSÉ!

In all seriousness, we wouldn't be here without all you guys, so this is your party as much as it's ours.  Celebrate accordingly.  Cheers!