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

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

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.

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Barcelona

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.

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