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Match Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea

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John Terry is expected to return (©GettyImages)
John Terry is expected to return (©GettyImages).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea; Donbass Arena; Champions League Group E; Tuesday, October 23; KO 1945

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Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is expected to recall captain John Terry to the starting line-up after he served the first of his four-match domestic ban at the weekend.

Frank Lampard is expected to return to the starting line-up after being relegated to the bench for the win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, where Chelsea avoided any injury issues.

Shakhtar are also in good shape without any major injury worries, so will be hoping star players Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan can make the difference at the Donbass Arena.

The latter is currently on fire, having scored 16 times in as many matches so far this season.


Di Matteo: Players are the priority


Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo says he does not mind his players taking all the plaudits, despite the difference he has made since taking over at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues midfielder was handed the reins temporarily last season after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, but ended up taking his side to an FA cup victory and an incredible Champions League triumph.

Chelsea have also made a terrific start to the season and have yet to be beaten in the Premier League, though it is rare for him to be mentioned when the plaudits are being given – this does not bother him.

“It doesn't matter at all," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“I'm just happy to be leading this group and working with these players and working for the club that I have in my heart.

“The players deserve all this credit because it's been extremely difficult last season and also this season evolving our system of play and integrating new players and so on.

“I'm just here to help and do my job as good as I can and hopefully that will carry on for a long time for us.”

Di Matteo seems to be finding success in his attempts to overhaul the playing squad and style at Chelsea, something his predecessor found great difficulty in doing.

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