CONFIRMED: Chelsea starting XI v Porto: Costa IN, Fabregas AXED, Terry risked

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With a loss to FC Porto all but guaranteeing Chelsea’s elimination from the Champions League, Jose Mourinho is making some bold choices for his lineup. The Special One is apparently choosing to stick with the struggling Eden Hazard and Oscar in the middle while bringing back Diego Costa despite his recent poor behavior on the sidelines.

Cesc Fabregas has been axed for his poor form while John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are back in the lineup.

For Mourinho’s sake and the rest of the season’s sake, he had better hope that his gamble pays off in a big way.

Here is the Chelsea starting XI v Porto in their Champions League clash:

GK Thibaut Courtois

A welcome return to the lineup after months of poor play from Asmir Begovic.

DF Azpilicueta

Cesar stays put at the left-back spot.

DF John Terry

In matchday five it was Gary Cahill and Zouma making the big plays. Could this week be Terry’s turn?

DF Kurt Zouma

Zouma was phenomenal as a sub against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Now he gets the start.

DF Branislav Ivanovic

Important game in the football future of Branislav Ivanovic.

MF Nemanja Matic

No change to Matic’s status.

MF Ramires

Taking over for Fabregas, Ramires has a big opportunity to get significantly more reps in the Premier League with a big performance today.

MF Eden Hazard

If Hazard does not get back to form against FC Porto, Hazard will be in serious hot water.

MF Oscar

Played great against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, but not as strong in the rest of the Champions League

MF Willian

Perhaps the best dead-ball kicker in Europe, Willian will be invaluable in this final matchday.

FW Diego Costa

Will Costa return to form or seal his one-way ticket out of Stamford Bridge?

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