Date:18th September 2012 at 10:12pm
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Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea begin their defence of their Champions League title tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge in Group E.

Team news: John Terry should be available for selection after shaking off a knee injury that he picked up against QPR at the weekend after coming through a full training session today.

John Obi Mikel should also be fit to start despite a slight back injury whilst Juan Mata is expected to play after being rested at the weekend.

The team I’d choose:

P. Cech

B. Ivanovic – D. Luiz – J. Terry – A. Cole

J. Mikel – Ramires

V. Moses – E. Hazard – J. Mata

F. Torres

We ought to start using Cesar Azpilicueta more as he’s a more natural right-back than Branislav Ivanovic but I doubt Di Matteo will try it out in a big Champions League game, but I want to see him in their against Stoke at the weekend.

In midfield, Frank Lampard isn’t playing well enough in his position and constantly breaks forwards and leaves Mikel exposed, so we should try something new and rest him. We need someone that’s going to pass forwards or drive the ball on, not someone that passes sideways and makes a dash for the penalty area.

Fernando Torres upset a few fans by storming down the tunnel without shaking Di Matteo’s hand and staying to support his team-mates after he was substituted late against Wigan. I think he’s going to have to accept that he cannot simply have a monopoly on the centre forward position unless he puts in consistent performances. Daniel Sturridge is there and has made an impact from the bench in the games he’s come on in this season.

Most of all, I hope Robbie plays players in their natural positions.

Who’d be in your Chelsea XI for our Champions League opener v Juventus? – Have you say in the comments section below