Chelsea's Ideal Starting XI to Take Down FC Basel

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Chelsea's Ideal Starting XI to Take Down FC Basel
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How will Chelsea line-up in Switzerland on Thursday?

The games continue to come thick and fast for Chelsea, with the Blues travelling to Switzerland this Thursday for a Europa League semifinal clash with FC Basel.

Rafa Benitez’s side will be hoping to bounce back after the disappointment of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool that saw them concede the equalizing goal in the 97th minute of the game.

That result—and two precious points dropped—means they sit fourth in the Premier League as they continue to pursue a place in the Champions League next season. And with every game now vital, Benitez will be mindful of the need to collect three points at home to Swansea City this coming Sunday when picking his team against Basel.

The Spaniard has so far shown the positive aspects of his rotation policy, using the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres to good effect of late.

In fact, the Blues have arguably resembled two teams since the turn of the year—one for the cup competitions and another for the Premier League.

We can expect plenty of changes from the weekend’s game on Thursday, but which team will prove most effective in continuing Chelsea’s fight on two fronts this season?

Bleacher Report takes a look at the probable Chelsea line-up against Basel.

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