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Chelsea: Potential line-up v Steaua Bucharest

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Mata & Luiz could both start on Tuesday (©GettyImages)
Mata & Luiz could both start on Tuesday (©GettyImages).

Chelsea are poised to play their second group stage match of the 2013/14 Champions League campaign, against Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho's side badly need all three points following their surprise 2-1 home defeat to Basel on Matchday One, so expect the Portuguese coach to field his strongest possible line-up.

Failure to qualify for the knockout rounds would be a disaster for Mourinho, who would re-appointed in order to help Chelsea land a second European Cup.

Here's how Chelsea could line-up on Tuesday evening:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

No competition here. Petr Cech is the first name on Mourinho's teamsheet.

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Mourinho is unlikely to leave the powerful Serbia international out of his starting line-up in favour of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Centre-back: John Terry

John Terry scored the equalising goal against Tottenham on Saturday and, considering Chelsea cannot afford to lose on Tuesday, he could well start this match too.

Centre-back: David Luiz

David Luiz partnered Terry at the heart of the Blues' defence at White Hart Lane and is likely to start again in Romania after an assured display.

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole's experience is invaluable to Chelsea on nights like these.

Right-wing: Ramires

Mourinho must decide whether to start with Ramires on the right-hand side or draft in Andre Schurrle or Willian, who disappointed against Basel. Ramires should get the nod.

Central-midfielder: Frank Lampard

Had Chelsea beaten Basel, this would have been the perfect match to offer Lampard a rest. But they didn't - and the Blues' all-time top scorer should start ahead of Mikel.

Central-midfielder: Juan Mata

Provided the assist for John Terry on Saturday after replacing John Obi Mikel at half-time. This will be a big chance for Mata to cement his place in the starting line-up.

Left-wing: Eden Hazard

Hazard is still yet to make a significant impact this season, but he is due a big performance.

Attacking-midfielder: Oscar

Oscar is likely to retain his place as Chelsea's playmaker, in a slightly more advanced position to Mata.

Striker: Fernando Torres

Torres impressed against Tottenham before he was sent off. The Spaniard could miss more than one match, however, so Mourinho should use him ahead of Samuel Eto'o while he still can.

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