Chelsea vs. Barcelona: Predicting the Starting Lineups for Champions League Tie

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 16, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  John Terry of Chelsea salutes fans after victory in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Chelsea and Barcelona will meet this Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.

These two teams last met in this same stage of the 2009-10 Champions League. There will be some new faces for either side to trot out in what should be an intriguing matchup.

Bleacher Report predicts the starting lineups for both sides as world football prepares for this encounter.



Chelsea has been using a 4-2-3-1 lineup lately with varying degrees of success. The 5-1 victory over Tottenham will have given the team a great amount of confidence going into this game.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Lineup: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Essien, Meireles; Ramires, Lampard, Mata; Torres

Robert Di Matteo will go for as much experience as possible in this first leg. The inclusion of Juan Mata is a must and the defense has some very experienced players who have faced this side before.

It is possible that Didier Drogba could get the start over Fernando Torres considering his goal in the semifinal, but he may as an impact player off the bench.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 14:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (2ndL) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia on April 14, 2012 in Valencia, Spain. FC
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Barcelona struggled to overcome Levante in its away game on Saturday with coach Pep Guardiola fielding a 3-4-3 formation. The team will certainly revert to its regular 4-3-3 for this game.

Formation: 4-3-3

Lineup: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Sanchez, Messi, Pedro

Gerard Pique returned to the substitutes bench over the weekend, but the fact that he didn't make an appearance sheds doubt on whether or not he will start against Chelsea. Javier Mascherano has done more than enough when he plays to retain a starting spot.