Chelsea v Schalke: Predicted XI

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An incensed Jose Mourinho threatened to make wholesale changes for Wednesday night's Champions League clash against Schalke following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday.

He may have calmed down a little since the weekend, but we can still expect several changes from the Portuguese tactician.

Petr Cech will, of course, keep his place in goal. He's about the only player in the squad assured of a starting spot for the visit of the German side.

John Terry should also retain his place at the heart of defence, although David Luiz could make way for Gary Cahill, who played against Schalke a fortnight ago.

Mourinho could hand another opportunity to Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back, instead of Branislav Ivanovic, while Ashley Cole is likely to retain his left-back spot.

Chelsea played with Ramires in a holding role in Gelsenkirchen, but the Brazilian could be moved forward, with Michael Essien taking his place in front of the back-four.

That could mean that Frank Lampard misses out, with Mourinho opting for Oscar in the attacking midfield role flanked by Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle or possibly Willian.

And as Fernando Torres missed training on Tuesday, we can expect to see Samuel Eto'o leading the Blues' line.

Chelsea's predicted XI:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Centre-back: John Terry

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta

Central midfield: Ramires

Central midfield: Michael Essien

Left-wing: Eden Hazard

Attacking-midfield: Oscar

Right-wing: Andre Schurrle

Striker: Samuel Eto'o

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