PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho handed Fernando Torres a starting place for tonight’s European Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich.
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Mourinho played without a recognized striker in Monday’s 0-0 tie with Manchester United in the English Premier League, but has decided on starting Spanish international upfront in this contest.
There was no place though for Demba Ba, who is not in the match squad at all, while Juan Mata continues to start on the bench.
Brazilian David Luiz returns to the starting lineup after missing the opening fixtures with a hamstring problem and he partners Gary Cahill in the heart of the defense, with John Terry on the bench.
Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle all start as well.
Meanwhile, for Champions League holders Bayern Munich, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger failed to recover fully from an ankle injury and will not feature.
However, newly crowned European Player of the Year Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos feature in the starting setup for Pep Guardiola’s side.
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Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Lahm, Robben, Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Mandzukic.
Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Javi Martinez, Shaqiri, Pizarro, Gotze, Contento.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.
Subs: Schwarzer, Essien, Mata, Mikel, Lukaku, Terry, Azpilicueta.