Jose Mourinho confirms John Terry will start against Schalke

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that John Terry will start in the Blues' Champions League fixture against Schalke tonight.

Terry has been ever-present in the Premier League since Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge in the summer following a tough campaign under interim boss Rafa Benitez last time round.

Chelsea will go in search of their second Champions League win of the campaign at the Veltins-Arena after they lost their opener against Basel before bouncing back to beat Steaua Bucharest.

With Terry assured of his place in the Chelsea team for tomorrow, Mourinho says it is a straight-choice between David Luiz and Gary Cahill as his partner.

"I need to make a decision between David and Gary," he said.

"We lost the first match at home but won the second away. We now play two matches against the strongest team in the group.

"Schalke are missing a couple of players but so are we. Ashley Cole is an important player and he isn't playing."

Chelsea currently sit in second in their Champions League group behind their German rivals who are three points clear at the top.

Mourinho insists there is no need to panic with qualification for the knockout stages still within Chelsea's grasp despite the shock defeat against Basel.

"I don't think it's yet the time to have the calculator and to be counting the number of points you need to qualify, or to be first or second, or to go into the Europa League (as third-placed side)," added the 'Special One'.

"We play two matches against the strongest opponent in the group, which leaves us the fifth and sixth fixture to play against Basel and Steaua.

"We need points over these two matches (against Schalke). That's obvious. But we're in condition to play without thinking about finishing first or second."

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