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Chelsea vs. Schalke 04, Champions League: Confirmed lineups

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The Road to Berlin begins here. Unser Pokal, baby.

Mike Hewitt

Earlier today, the Chelsea under-19s summarily dispatched Schalke 04 4-1 in their opening game of Group G of the UEFA Youth League running parallel to the senior competition.  Now it's time for the grownups to do the same.

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Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Thibaut Courtois | Filipe Luis, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, Willian

Substitutes from: Petr Cech, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Oscar, Mikel, Loic Remy, Diego Costa

Schalke 04 starting eleven:
Ralf Fährmann | Chrisitan Fuchs, Kaan Ayhan, Roman Neustädter, Marco Höger | Dennis Aogo, Kevin-Prince Boateng | Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Sidney Sam | Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Substitutes from: Christian Wetklo, Marvin Friedrich, Christian Clemens, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Chinedu Obasi, Tranquillo Barnetta, Donis Avdijaj

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Sooo...about that Drogba injury...

THE BIG MAN for the BIG occasion gets the start as Mourinho makes a couple changes.  Willian rotates in for Oscar, Ramires starts for Schurrle (and depending on where he plays, will once again determine if this is a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1), and there's finally a start for new boy Filipe Luis.  Go and get 'em, Brazilian crew!