HAZARD DROPPED FOR PORTO CLASHBy quadrihatic 07:53 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 Comments
The Belgium international is only on the bench
for the trip to the Estadio Do Dragao with Willian
and Ramires coming into the side after goals
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dropped
Eden Hazard for the Blues' Champions League
clash with Porto on Tuesday.
The Portuguese has left the Belgium
international on the bench, alongside John Terry
and Nemanja Matic, as he returns to his former
side and says he needed to freshen his team
"I decided to bring in two fresh players â€“ Mikel
and Ramires â€“ to midfield. Also because Porto
play in their league, they had one extra day," he
told BT Sport .
"One extra day when it's three or four [days]
doesn't make too much difference but when it's
two or three it makes a real difference so I
decided to come with a fresh midfield because I
know the game is going to be very intense.
"They are powerful in midfield, they have
physicality and quality. They have very strong
people in midfield. I decide to put in fresh legs."
Elsewhere Kurt Zouma keeps his place in
defence alongside Gary Cahill while Willian and
Ramires, both scorers after coming on as
substitutes against Newcastle on Saturday, are
restored to the starting line-up.
Branislav Ivanovic captains the side while there
is also a rare start for John Obi-Mikel as
Chelsea look for their second win of the group
stage having beaten Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 in
their opening game.
For Porto, Iker Casillas becomes the Champions
League's highest appearance maker as he
makes his 152nd appearance in the competition
while Yacine Brahimi is fit to start after a knee
Porto: Maxi, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi;
Danilo, Ruben Neves, Imbula; Brahimi,
Aboubakar, Andre Andre. Subs: Helton, Layun,
Evandro, Corona, Tello, Bueno, Osvaldo.
Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill,
Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian,
Pedro; Diego Costa. Subs: Blackman, Baba
Rahman, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard,
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