ISTANBUL (Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres has been handed the starting place for Chelsea and will lead the attack in the Champions League against Galatasaray.

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Torres starts ahead of Samuel Eto’o, who is on the bench alongside Demba Ba.

Oscar starts on the bench, but Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Willian and Andre Schurrle all start.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba leads the Galatasaray attacking line. Another player who played for Jose Mourinho while at Inter Milan, midfielder Wesley Sneijder and ex-Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue, are also named in Roberto Mancini’s starting team.

Galatasaray v Chelsea

Galatasaray: Muslera, Alex, Balta, Chedjou, Eboue, Sneijder, Inan, Felipe Melo, Hajrovic, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz
Subs: Ceylan, Gulselam, Bulut, Kaya, Kurtulus, Colak, Sarioglu

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Ivanovic, Hazard, Lampard, Ramires, Willian, Schurrle, Torres
Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Oscar, Mikel, Ba, Eto’o, Kalas

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)


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