Chelsea: Picking the Blues XI to Take on Rubin Kazan

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Chelsea: Picking the Blues XI to Take on Rubin Kazan
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After returning to third place in the Premier League at the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland, Chelsea are back on European duty this week as they face Rubin Kazan in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal in Moscow.

The Blues lead the tie 3-1 following their dominant display at Stamford Bridge last week, but can they repeat that feat at the Luzhniki Stadium?

The games are coming thick and fast for Chelsea right now, with an FA Cup semifinal to contend themselves with a little over 48 hours after their Russian excursion.

With that clash against Manchester City in mind, Rafa Benitez will be forced to rotate his squad once more as he juggles European and domestic commitments.

In one sense, this is a make-or-break week for Chelsea. If the Blues can successfully come through both cup matches, their season will have a mouthwatering finale with the prospect of two major cup finals on the horizon. End on the losing side, however, and they'll be faced with a first trophyless season since 2011, with nothing other than a top-four finish to play for.

So, will it be "da" or "nyet" for Chelsea on Thursday? Bleacher Report takes a look at their ideal lineup at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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