LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea leading defender and captain John Terry starts on the bench for the defending champions in tonight’s Champions League Group E clash with Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz and Gary Cahill will start at the center-back positions.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has called on his team to deliver the ‘perfect game’ tonight, will also be without experienced full-back Ashley Cole, who is out because of an injury.
The boss announced on Tuesday that Ryan Bertrand would and will now start in his place.
Chelsea will be pushing for a win with the likes of Fernando Torres Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard heading the group going for goals.
Meanwhile, group leaders Shakhtar has decided to go with the same starting team, which defeated Chelsea in the earlier fixture between the two sides two weeks ago.
Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk Teams
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel Obi, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres
Subs: 22 Ross Turnbull, 28 Cesar Azpilicueta, 26 John Terry, 6 Oriol Romeu, 21 Marko Marin, 13 Victor Moses, 23 Daniel Sturridge.
Shakhtar:Pyatov; Srna (c), Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat; Fernandinho, Hübschman; Texeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian; Luiz Adriano
Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Shevchuk, Chygrynkiy, Ilsinho, Stepanenko, Douglas Costa, Eduardo.