After being rested at the weekend against West Brom, Juan Mata, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic will return for Chelsea against Juventus in the Champions League tomorrow and the Blues must get a positive result.
John Terry is still out injured, unfortunately, and that will remain a defensive worry but Ashley Cole may return to action after his recent absence with an ankle injury.
Chelsea have only won two games in their last seven and Roberto Di Matteo may have lost patience with a number of his stars after a string on poor performances, which XI should he pick for tomorrow’s game in Turin?
The team I’d pick:
C. Azplicueta – B. Ivanovic – G. Cahill – A. Cole
J. Mikel – Ramires
Oscar – J. Mata – E. Hazard
Our defensive problems are well documented at the moment and there’s no combination of forwards I’d have complete faith in to help see this game through, but I believe the above combination is the most solid we have to offer. Cesar Azpilicueta has looked good at fullback and although Gary Cahill isn’t playing great, I’d have him ahead of Captain Catastrophe, who was worse than useless at the weekend.
The midfield more or less picks itself and although the result against West Brom was crap, I’m hoping the likes of Mata and Ramires are feeling well rested and up for the Juventus game.
Fernando Torres didn’t have an attempt at goal on Saturday and it isn’t the first time he’s gone through a game without a single shot. I don’t want to see him in the starting line-up, it’s like playing with ten men. Daniel Sturridge missed a few chances in the same game and was criticised, but if he’s given a run of games to build form/sharpness, will those shots start going in for him?