The west London club travel to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Uefa Champions League clash with the Ligue 1 champions and this is the starting XI we expect Blues head coach Jose Mourinho to go with in the French capital ….
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GK: Petr Cech
It has been yet another near-faultless campaign between the posts for the imposing and experienced Czech Republic international, but he is sure to be in for a busy night trying to keep out the big-spending Parisians’ front men on Wednesday evening.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic
Do not expect the powerful Serb to make too many rampaging runs down the west Londoners’ right flank in this last-eight first leg, with the full back more likely to concentrate of helping to keep the home team’s attackers at bay.
CB: Gary Cahill
The dependable England international has been a rock-solid presence at the heart of the Blues’ midfield throughout this campaign, although it will be interesting to see just how he copes at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
CB: John Terry
The Blues skipper is another player who has been at the very top of his game throughout this campaign, which is good for the visitors as they travel to the French capital this week for what will be another tough examination of their normally mean defence.
LB: Cesar Azpilicueta
The new Spain international right back has barely put a foot out of place all season long as cover for Ashley Cole, and this despite being asked to feature in an unfamiliar left-back role.