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UEFA Champions League

  • March 14, 2012
  • • 3:45 PM
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 37784

Chelsea win Aggregate 5 - 4

Champions League Preview: Chelsea - Napoli

Champions League Preview: Chelsea - Napoli

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Roberto Di Matteo faces a difficult challenge in only his third match in charge of the club against the Partenopei, who have won their last six consecutive matches scoring 17 goals



Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Essien, Lampard
Mata, Torres, Sturridge

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Gargano, Inler, Zuniga
Hamsik, Lavezzi

Roberto Di Matteo has yet to settle on a first choice XI after his first two matches in charge and has spoken of the use of squad rotation.

Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien did not start against Stoke last Saturday and could rotate into the starting lineup. John Terry and Ashley Cole recently returned from injury, while Jose Bosingwa is out with a hamstring problem. Raul Meireles is suspended.

Napoli have fielded a settled team throughout this season’s Champions League campaign, with a back three of Hugo Campagnaro, Paolo Cannavaro and Salvatore Aronica behind the central midfield duo of Gokhan Inler and Walter Gargano.

Juan Camilo Zuniga may start ahead of Andrea Dossena at left wing back, while Christian Maggio is likely to feature on the right. Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi will start alongside Edinson Cavani in attack.

  • Roberto Di Matteo takes charge of just his third match as Chelsea manager against Napoli after Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal.
  • The Italian won his first two matches in charge with 2-0 victory against Birmingham in the FA Cup and a 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend.
  • Chelsea is in the last 16 for the ninth season in succession but have won just three of its seven Champions League matches this season, despite taking the lead in all seven games.
  • The Blues have drawn Italian opposition in two of the last three seasons at this stage, beating Juventus 3-2 on aggregate in 2008-09 but losing 3-1 to Inter in 2009-10, when the Nerazzurri were coached by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
  • The Blues took the lead against Napoli in the first leg of the tie at the San Paolo through Juan Mata, but were beaten 3-1 after two goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and one from Edinson Cavani sealed a comeback victory.
  • The Azzurri progressed from their Champions League group along with Bayern Munich, beating out Manchester City, who they defeated 2-1 at home and drew with 1-1 away.
  • The Naples club won the UEFA Cup in 1989, thanks in part to Argentine legend Diego Maradona.
  • Coach Walter Mazzarri will complete a two-match touchline ban incurred in the group game against Villarreal for improper conduct.
  • The Partenopei are in good recent form, winning their last six matches in all competitions, scoring 17 goals in the process, and winning 6-3against Cagliari on Friday.
  • The side has cultivated a fearsome reputation for counter-attacking football, and top scorer Cavani has registered six goals in his last seven games for club and country, with 16 in Serie A and five in the Champions League so far this season.

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