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Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv: Mourinho drops Mikel for 19-yr old star

Baba Rahman makes his Chelsea debut and there is a return to the side for Oscar.

The Ghanaian comes in at left-back with Cesar Azpilicueta moving to the right. Gary Cahill is back in the centre alongside Kurt Zouma and will captain the side.

Jose Mourinho has rung the changes significantly with six changes from the starting eleven that slumped to another defeat at the weekend. Out go John Terry, Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić, Diego Costa, Pedro Rodríguez and John Obi Mikel. Among the replacements are Abdul Rahman Baba for his debut and teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is handed his first start in the Champions League, alongside Cesc Fabregas.

Pedro is missing with a minor muscle injury so Willian plays, as does Loic Remy for the first time since the Community Shield. The Frenchman is up front. Eden Hazard makes up the 11.

Maccabi name the same eleven who completed their play-off victory over Basel with Eran Zahavi, who has ten goals to his name already this season looking to exploit Chelsea’s defensive frailties.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Zouma, Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy .

Subs: Blackman, Ivanovic, Terry , Matic, Ramires, Traore, Diego Costa.

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s team is to follow

Rajković, Shpungin, Tibi, Ben Harush, Ben Haim I, Alberman, Zahavi, Rikan, Mitrović, Igiebor, Ben Haim II

SUBS Lifshitz, Carlos García, Miha, Vermouth, Peretz, Itzhaki, Radonjić.

The referee is Felix Zwayer from Germany.


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