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The out-of-form Spaniard is relegated to the bench while the Blues' creative trio is preserved in attack and Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta start as wing-backs

Fernando Torres has been dropped to the bench for Chelsea's crucial Champions League group-stage clash with Juventus.

Eden Hazard will start as a false No.9 in the absence of the out-of-form Spaniard, with Juan Mata and Oscar tasked with providing the service for the tricky Belgian.

In defence, Roberto Di Matteo shifts to a back three of Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with the returning Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta are expected to operate as wing-backs.

Juventus, meanwhile, prefer Fabio Quagliarella to Sebastian Giovinco up front in what is otherwise a full-strength lineup.

Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Asamoah; Vucinic, Quagliarella

Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri

Chelsea starting XI (5-2-3): Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard

Subs: Turnbull, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Torres, Piazon, Moses

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