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September 19, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 40918‎
 
31′ Oscar
Arturo Vidal 38′
33′ Oscar

Chelsea - Juventus Preview: Blues look to repeat home comforts that propelled them to last year's title

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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

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

Buffon
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Lichtsteiner Pirlo, Asamoah
Vidal, Marchisio
Giovinco, Vucinic

Chelsea begin the defence of their Champions League title against Italian champions 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) with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini set to be partnered by Leonardo Bonucci at the back.

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea won all six of their 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 are currently on a 42-match unbeaten streak in Serie A, stretching back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
  • Juventus are one of only two teams to have won the Champions League on home soil, the other is Borussia Dortmund.




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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
4David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
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
33LúcioDefender
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
33Mauricio IslaDefender
8Luca MarroneMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
Players to Watch
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
7 3 0 0
The now reinvigorated frontman is really starting to repay the millions Roman Abramovich paid for him. It was not long ago that Torres looked lethargic, unhappy and clueless, but now the Spaniard cannot seem to put a foot wrong. As he thrives on the service from Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Ramires, he continues to look more and more unplayable.
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 1 0
As against England at Euro 2012, the Italian maestro will look to rule proceedings once more. Although diminutive in stature, Pirlo more than makes up for it in presence. He makes his team-mates play better and for that reason, Chelsea should watch out.
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
Prediction
Both sides have displayed plenty of defensive aptitude in recent months, with Chelsea the current Champions League holders and Juventus on an unbelievable undefeated run. With that in mind, goals may be hard to come by at Stamford Bridge, but that shouldn't detract from what will surely be an entertaining game.
Editor's Prediction
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