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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Lineups & Game Thread

Clive Rose

"When you go from one game to another, and more importantly when you're winning, you just bounce on to the next one and keep going. That rhythm is important. We're a big side and we're used to that at Chelsea with the Champions League, normally we're still in the FA Cup as well, so we're regularly playing two games a week and I think that's when we're at our best."

-John Terry; source: Chelsea FC


Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Frank Lampard, Nemanja Matic, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres Samuel Eto'o, André Schürrle

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Tomas Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Willian, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o, Mohamed Salah

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Hugo Lloris | Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, Kyle Naughton | Sandro, Nabil Bentaleb | Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Lennon, Kyle Walker | Emmanuel Adebayor

Substitutes from: Brad Friedel, Zeki Fryers, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado


Thanks to Ramires' versatility, this could end up a 4-2-3-1 from us, though I hope it truly does turn out to be a 4-3-3.  Schürrle retains his starting spot, while Torres is perhaps a bit of a surprise over Eto'o though Fernando was not involved in any midweek action.

And then Torres gets injured in the warm-ups, so in comes Eto'o with Mohamed Salah promoted to the bench.

This is Frank Lampard's 400th Premier League start for Chelsea and his 573rd appearance overall, which moves him into sole second on the all the Premier League list.


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