(Sporting Alert) — Manager Roberto Di Matteo has decided to leave the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard out of his starting side for tonight’s Champions League clash against Benfica.
Also not included is midfielder Michael Essie, as the Premier League side seek to get something on the road in the opening leg.
And while the trio start on the bench, the likes of Fernando Torres, Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles all start, while defender and captain John Terry is also in the starting team.
Benfica will be led by the likes of Nicolas Gaitan, Axel Witsel and Oscar Cardozo.
Benfica v Chelsea Teams
Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Jardel, Emerson, Aimar, Javi Garcia, Bruno Cesar, Witsel, Gaitan, Cardozo.
Subs: Eduardo, Nolito, Nelson Oliveira, Rodrigo Moreno, Matic, Miguel Vitor, Saviola.
Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Mata, Mikel, Kalou, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Lampard, Drogba, Bosingwa, Sturridge, Cahill.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)