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Chelsea vs. Stoke City: Lineups & Game Thread

Mike Hewitt

"I am not saying I am going to rest eight players against Stoke because in the league we have no chance and we still can win against Paris Saint-Germain,' he said."

"I am saying go for the six league matches we have to play and try to win the six matches. The moment we don't want to give everything to win any of these matches, we are not good professionals which is something I don't accept someone saying about me or my players."

"So let's go for it! Let's play the six matches and the match against Paris and that is the kind of match I want my players and the supporters to enjoy very much, because I will enjoy it."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

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Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard | André Schürrle, Willian, Mohamed Salah | Fernando Torres

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Tomas Kalas, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Demba Ba

Stoke City starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Asmir Begovic | Erik Pieters, Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron | Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios | Marko Arnautovic, Steven N'Zonzi, Peter Odemwingie | Peter Crouch

Substitutes from: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Muniesa, Charlie Adam, John Guidetti, Jonathan Walters, Matthew Etherington

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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you.  That's Eden Hazard on the bench.  Bold move, though the boy clearly needs a breather.  Mohamed Salah makes his first start for the Blues - congratulations! - while Willian slides into the middle to play the Oscar role, for which he should be well suited.  Torres gets a chance to impress in a match that may make more sense for Demba Ba.  Oh well.

Meanwhile, Stoke start Chelsea hero Jonathan Walters on the bench, so they may actually have a fighting chance in this one.  Oh well.

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