Roberto Di Matteo’s side begin the defence of their Champions League crown when they welcome Juventus to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Chelsea have started the Premier League campaign impressively, with Saturday’s goalless draw at Loftus Road the only match they have dropped points in. Eden Hazard has settled quickly into the team, Fernando Torres is in amongst the goals, and only Arsenal have conceded less.

However, a John Terry-less Chelsea side were ripped apart by Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup and Di Matteo will know the Old Lady from Turin will not be an easy opponent.

Thankfully John Terry looks to have shaken off a knee injury he picked up against QPR and Juan Mata should return to the squad. Victor Moses should be on the bench again, despite his impressive cameo in the derby.

Juventus have won all three of their games in Serie A, extending their unbeaten run in the league to 42 matches. Summer signing Kwadwo Asamoah has impressed, scoring once and setting up two goals. Stand in coach Massimo Carrera is missing Brazilian defender Lucio, who looks set to miss the rest of the season, much like his manager Antonio Conte due to the latest Calciopoli scandal.

 

Line-ups from;

Chelsea (from): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Moses, Piazon, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull.

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This article was first posted on September 19, 2012