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Predicted Chelsea 'weakened' starting XI this weekend

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If Jose Mourinho is true to his word, then Chelsea's team could include some unfamiliar faces when they line up against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Chelsea face Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final just three days after the clash versus Liverpool this weekend. 

Of course, Mourinho could be playing some of the 'mind games' we have become so familiar with during his time in management. 

But if Mourinho really were to pick a team based around players that won't start against Atletico next week, we predict what it could be:

Formation (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Hilario

You could be forgiven for forgetting Hilario was still at the club. The Portuguese stopper hasn't played since 2011, but if Mourinho wants to keep Mark Schwarzer fresh for Wednesday, the third-choice keeper could be handed a start.

Right back: Tomas Kalas

Kalas was signed back in 2010 for a reported £5.2m. He has made just one senior appearance for Chelsea since, but has impressed in two loan spells at Chelsea's feeder club, Vitesse Arnhem.

Centre back: Andreas Christensen

The young Danish defender made the news last week, with a report saying he earns £20,000 a week, despite not having featured for the first-team. The highly rated youngster could earn his first start this weekend.

Centre back: Sam Hutchinson

In 2010, Hutchinson retired from football aged just 21, due to a serious knee injury. But after a significant improvement in the injury, he reversed his decision in 2011. The 24-year-old impressed on loan at Sheffield Wednesday recently, and would be the oldest member of this make-shift defence.

Left back: Nathan Ake

The highly rated Dutchman is somewhat a utility player, as he can play central midfield, central defence and at left-back. He has made five appearances for the Dutch U21 side and looks to have a long career ahead of him at Stamford Bridge.

Centre defensive midfield: John Obi Mikel

The Nigerian picked up a yellow card in the first leg of the semi-final against Atletico Madrid which rules him out of the second leg. For this reason, Mikel is likely to start at Anfield this Sunday and would be one of the most experienced members of a youthful side.

Centre defensive midfield: Nemanja Matic

Having featured in the Champions League earlier in the season for Benfica, Matic is cup-tied for Chelsea in the competition. This makes the Serbian a certain starter in the Premier League, especially as he has shone since his return to Stamford Bridge in January.

Right midfield: Marco van Ginkel

Van Ginkel was signed for £8m last summer from Vitesse Arnhem, and would have featured more in the first-team this year had he not have picked up a serious knee injury in September which ruled him out for six months. The 21-year-old could make his long awaited return to the first-team this Sunday.

Centre midfield: Frank Lampard

As with Mikel, Lampard is ruled out of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. The 35-year-old will no doubt start and captain the side this weekend.

Left midfield: Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian winger is another January recruit that is cup-tied for the Champions League following his involvement in the competition with FC Basel before Christmas. For this reason, the tricky winger is a certain starter for the Blues on Sunday.

Striker: Demba Ba

The Senegalese striker is likely to lead the line for Chelsea this weekend. Mourinho will be hopeful Samuel Eto'o can return for the second leg next week, and even if he doesn't, Fernando Torres is likely to be picked ahead of Ba.

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