Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has picked his starting XI for tonight's Champions League opener against Schalke 04, naming a team which will hold little surprises for a Bundesliga outfit still reeling from their worst start to a domestic campaign in 46 years.
Mourinho has decided to give Didier Drogba the first start of his second spell as a Chelsea player tonight, with Diego Costa given a well-earned rest after smashing home a quite incredible seven goals in his first four Premier League games.
Loic Remy is also on the bench despite scoring against Swansea City last weekend, with Brazilian defender Filipe Luis handed his first competitive Chelsea start in place of Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back.
It promises to be quite a night for Chelsea's strike legend Drogba, particularly when you throw in a defensive injury crisis which has gripped Schalke ahead of their second trip to Stamford Bridge in as many seasons.
Drogba will definitely fancy his chances of registering for the Blues tonight, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ramires, Eden Hazard and William supplying the ammunition in a star-studded midfield.
Special night for Terry in supporting role
Behind all the fanfare for Drogba it should also be a match to remember for Blues captain John Terry, who makes his 600th start for Chelsea in the centre of defence.
Terry will be kept busy by Netherlands striker Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who gets the nod in attack supported by World Cup winner Julian Draxler and the enigmatic Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Chelsea starting XI to face Schalke: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Drogba
Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Oscar, Remy, Diego Costa
Schalle starting XI: Fährmann, Höger, Ayhan, Neustädter, Fuchs, Boateng, Aogo, Sam, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar
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