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September 19, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 40918‎
31′ Oscar
Arturo Vidal 38′
33′ Oscar

Champions League Preview: Chelsea - Juventus

Roberto Di Matteo will look to repeat the stunning heroics that lead the west Londoners to the Champions League title, beginning with a tie with the unbeatable Bianconeri

By James Burford



Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Mikel, Lampard
Hazard, Torres, Mata

Lichsteiner, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini
Krasic, Vidal, Pirlo, Asamoah
Matri, Vucinic

Chelsea begins the defense of its Champions League title against Italian champion Juventus, with both sides leading their respective leagues after an impressive opening few weeks of the season.

John Terry and Ashley Cole (both ankle) have shaken off knocks that ruled them out of England encounters during the international break and will feature against the Bianconeri. Roberto Di Matteo should also welcome back Juan Mata following the Spaniard's absence from the 0-0 draw against QPR at the weekend.

Juventus will be without former Inter defender Lucio (ankle) who is set to miss the majority of the season.

Following his impressive goal contribution in the season thus far, Kwadwo Asamoah looks set to make the starting XI ahead of Sebastian Giovinco. Nicklas Bendtner will continue to wait on the sidelines following his loan move from Arsenal.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is yet to make his Juventus debut but could feature after being included in the Old Lady's squad.

  • Chelsea won all six of its Champions League home games last season.
  • The Blues have finished as group winners in seven of their last nine Champions League campaigns.
  • Chelsea won the last meeting between the sides, claiming a 3-2 aggregate victory.
  • Gianluigi Buffon will make his 400th appearance for Juventus if he features in Wednesday night's match.
  • Juventus is currently on a 42-match unbeaten streak in Serie A, stretching back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
  • Juventus is one of only two teams to have won the Champions League on home soil, the other is Borussia Dortmund.

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1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
4David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
8Luca MarroneMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
Probable Lineups
Petr Cech 1
Branislav Ivanovic 2
Ashley Cole 3
David Luiz 4
John Terry 26
Ramires 7
Frank Lampard 8
Oscar 11
John Obi Mikel 12
Eden Hazard 17
Fernando Torres 9
Gianluigi Buffon 1
Giorgio Chiellini 3
Andrea Barzagli 15
Leonardo Bonucci 19
Stephan Lichtsteiner 26
Claudio Marchisio 8
Andrea Pirlo 21
Kwadwo Asamoah 22
Arturo Vidal 23
Mirko Vučinić 9
Sebastian Giovinco 12
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