Chelsea's toughest test awaits tonight at the Estadio Dragao. A win perhaps should not be expected, though at least a draw would be nice. A loss is not the end of the world, nowhere close in fact, though it would add to the pressure already on the team and the manager.
Chelsea U19 let a three(!)-goal lead slip earlier today as they drew Porto U19 3-3. Kasey Palmer, Josimar Quintero, and Kyle Scott scored the goals.
If the youth league match is any indication, we'll be wearing our third (black) kits tonight. That's the one that looks like it's been run over with some (Yokohama) tires/tyres. Let's hope it'll bring luck like in the 3-2 win at West Brom.
FC Porto starting lineup (4-3-3):
Iker Casillas | Bruno Martins Indi, Ivan Marcano, Maicon (c), Maxi Pereira | Giannelli Imbula, Ruben Neves, Danilo Pereira | Andre Andre, Vincent Aboubakar, Yacine Brahimi
Substitutes from: Helton, Miguel Layun, Evandro, Jesus Corona, Cristian Tello, Alberto Bueno, Dani Osvaldo
Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Asmir Begovic | Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic (c) | Cesc Fabregas, John Obi Mikel | Pedro, Willian, Ramires | Diego Costa
Substitutes from: Jamal Blackman, Baba Rahman, John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eden Hazard, Kenedy
Alas, reports of Yacine Brahimi's demise were greatly exaggerated. He starts as the nominal right winger. Overall, Porto seem to have gone a bit more defensive with Andre Andre on the left and a three-man, all-DM midfield.
Meanwhile, Mourinho, after lighting a fire underneath Hazard & Matic yesterday, has now proceeded to drop both of them from the lineup. The Cahill-Zouma partnership continues. Ramires starting, as usual, opens up the possibility of a 4-3-3 rather than a 4-2-3-1; we won't know for sure until kickoff.
Willian makes his 100th appearance; Mourinho looks for his 200th win as Chelsea boss.
COME ON, CHELSEA!