Paris Saint-Germain, up 2-1 from the first leg, were supposedly "sweating" the fitness of key midfield duo Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi, but very much like the previous few times they were supposedly facing a potential injury crisis, both players are expected to play tomorrow. Good news for them.
Fortunately for Chelsea, it would appear that our two key injury concerns are going to be non-issues as well, with both Diego Costa and Pedro expected to partake in the biggest game of our season. Diego Costa was rested, mostly as a precaution, over the weekend, while Pedro had been nursing a hamstring problem for the last couple weeks. They were back in training on Tuesday and manager Guus Hiddink sounded optimistic about their prospects.
So, assuming those two start, Chelsea will be able to roll with our strongest lineup, bar the defensive reshuffle necessary due to John Terry's hamstring strain that has dragged on and on for far too many days and weeks now. The defense remains our biggest concern -- an unlikely clean sheet would be of tremendous help in this case -- though Baba Rahman did have his best game in a Chelsea shirt in the first leg in Paris.
Channel a bit of Champions League magic and we might just stand a chance!
Courtois | Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta | Mikel, Fabregas | Pedro, Willian, Hazard | Costa
Going with the strongest lineup is a pretty obvious, necessary, expected move. But it's also preferred and it's what the community would choose as well. The only spot for which there was any debate was for the third attacking midfielder position, and I suspect a lot of that had to with us considering Pedro a major doubt for tomorrow's match (which may not be the case after today's comments from the manager).
Courtois | Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill, Azpilicueta | Mikel, Fabregas | Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Costa