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Chelsea v Benfica: Champions League Preview

Ferreira could keep his Champions League place. (©GettyImages)
Ferreira could keep his Champions League place. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea v Benfica; Stamford Bridge; Champions League quarter-final second leg; Wednesday 4 April 2012, 19:45 KO

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David Luiz has recovered quickly from the ankle problem picked up in Saturday's 4-2 Premier League victory over Aston Villa, and is in contention to face his former club.

Didier Drogba (foot) and Raul Meireles (knee) had also been injury doubts, but both trained on Tuesday to boost Roberto Di Matteo's options.

Meanwhile, Benfica could be forced to play holding midfielder Javi Garcia as a makeshift centre-half, with captain Luisao a major doubt with a knee injury.

Miguel Vitor (thigh), Ezequiel Garay (knee) and Jardel (thigh) have not travelled with the squad due to injury.


Ferreira pleased with Chelsea showing



When Paulo Ferreira was unexpectedly asked to start Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Benfica at Estadio da Luz, all he wanted to do was inflict defeat on his former manager, Jorge Jesus.

The 33-year-old Portuguese defender turned in an impressive performance as the Blues left Lisbon with a 1-0 advantage to take back to Stamford Bridge, leaving his former teacher limited reason to be pleased after being outwitted by one of his former pupils.

Jesus was the coach at Vitoria Setubal - Ferreira's club in Portugal prior to his move to Porto and the multiple trophies that followed.

"He was an important person at the beginning of my professional career," Ferreira told Chelsea's official website. "He was the one that taught me all the tactical things as a right-back because it was when he went to Setubal that I returned from the national team having played right-back for the first time.

"I played a game away in Holland as a right-back because the usual right-back for the national team had got a second yellow card in the game before, and he had to miss the game. The national manager talked to me and asked me if I could help by playing in that position.

He added: "I was happy to help. To play for the national team was something really important for me. We ended up getting a good result - we drew 1-1 - and when I got back from the national team was when we changed manager at Setubal.

"So in my first session with Jorge Jesus, he just started me as a right-back. He had watched that game and he liked me there, so I was a right-back."

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