Valencia vs Chelsea: Big Match Preview

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Valencia vs Chelsea
Estadio Mestalla
UEFA Champions League Group F
Wednesday, September 28th: 19:45

Live Team Sheet

Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Torres, Malouda.

Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Meireles, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba.

Valencia: Diego Alves, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda, Éver Banega, Canales, Jordi Alba, Pablo Hernández, Soldado.

Subs: Guaita, Bruno Saltor, Maduro, Feghouli, Parejo, Jonas, Piatti.


Villas-Boas buoyed by squad strength

Andre Villas-Boas is relishing the prospect of having a near injury-free Chelsea squad to pick from for the club's Champions League group match with Valencia.

The Portuguese manager had the luxury of taking 20 players to Spain for their second group phase match, including fit again Didier Drogba, who marked his return with a goal against Swansea City last weekend.

But while the boss admits he has some tough decisions to make, he's confident the chosen one's will step up to the plate.

"The motivation is at the top at the moment," he said. "I think we made good decisions regarding rest and active periods, we have a good relationship in that balance and it showed against Swansea because we had nine fresh players on the pitch.

"In the end it proved right because we showed good intensity over the 90 minutes even when down to 10 men. We are at the moment in a tight schedule, these players break up after for the international break and we have to manage the balance between resting and playing.

"Tomorrow we can put 11 strong players in the pitch because the talent we have at our disposal is out of this world and we just hope to make the right decisions. The players are used to it, they are professional."

His opposite number, Unai Emery, has been analysing The Blues, and was present for their defeat to Manchester United earlier this month.


Valencia may go into Wednesday's tie the underdogs, but their La Liga draw with Barcelona proves they're capable of producing the goods when required, and Emery hopes his acute preparation will pay off.

"Chelsea have a very specific way to attack and a very specific way to defend," he said.

"They're a very physical team, they're very offensive, very aggressive, they're very experienced and strong.

"We know how difficult it's going to be because Chelsea are the favourites for the group," he added.

"But if we keep on playing our football and playing our best, we can win this game, especially at home and with the support of the fans."

"After the game against Barcelona, everybody was saying how great this team was. When you play a good game, you're the best team in the world. A bad game and you're in crisis."

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