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Chelsea v Schalke: Match preview

Torres will miss tonight's game (©GettyImages)
Torres will miss tonight's game (©GettyImages).

Chelsea are set for their Champions League tie with Schalke on Wednesday, hoping to recover after their disappointing defeat to Alan Pardew's Newcastle on the weekend.

It was a mediocre first half performance from the Blues, despite John Terry's powerful header which rattled the crossbar they were unable to create many chances even with the creative midfield trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata.

Going into half time at 0-0 they looked set to press on in the second half and test the Magpies resilience but instead they looked off the pace and never really threatened the home side and were punished by goals from Frenchmen Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.

Jose Mourinho's immediate reaction was bold stating that he felt as if he had selected 11 wrong players but has since rectified this claiming that he had exaggerated.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will miss out on the fixture through a thigh injury but Mourinho sees this as a good opportunity for new boy Samuel Eto'o and ex-Newcastle man Demba Ba to prove themselves by saying "They want to play.

"They are waiting for opportunities to play," he also added. "So when they have that chance, and they know they are going to have it in this game and the next game against West Brom.

"They know it's in their hands, the job to play up front. I think it has to be a good motivation for them. Hopefully they can express on the pitch the way they work during the week."  

The strike pair will also be hoping to prove their quality to the media also after questions being raised throughout the season over Chelsea's attacking force with only two of their 16 Premier League goals so far coming from strikers.

Chelsea also have the chance to secure their 100th Uefa competition win against Schalke, however Schalke will be seeking revenge after suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to The Blues in their previous fixture which is a hurdle Jose Mourinho's side will look to overcome.

The winner of this fixture also has the chance to go three points clear at the top of group E as both sides are level on points - narrowly separated on goal difference, adding some more incentive to both dressing rooms. 


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