LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Defender David Luiz and midfielder Oriol Romeu were recalled by Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez for tonight’s Champions League final Group E match against Nordsjaelland.
The defending champions must win tonight and hope that Shakhtar Donetsk beat Juventus to avoid becoming the first holders to exit the competition at such an early stage.
Tonight sees Luiz returning from suspension to partner Gary Cahill, while Romeu replaced John Obi Mikel.
Fernando Torres, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Victor Moses all start the game, with Oscar amongst those on the substitutes bench.
Meanwhile, Nordsjaelland have recalled striker Kasper Lorentzen and midfielder Patrick Mtiliga to the starting side.
Chelsea are big favourites to win tonight.
Chelsea v FC Nordsjaelland
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Romeu, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Moses, Torres
Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Bertrand
FC Nordsjaelland: Hansen, Ticinovic, Parkhurst, Runje, Mtiliga, Gundelach, Stokholm, Adu, Christiansen, John, Lorentzen
Subs: Jensen, Kildentoft, Beckmann, Laudrup, Issah, Lindberg, Maxso
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Holland)