Should Chelsea play Branislav Ivanovic at centre-half against Atletico?

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Jose Mourinho has selection decisions to make ahead of the BluesChampions League semi-final second leg tonight.

Chelsea have received a boost ahead of their all-important Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, with news that John Terry has recovered from injury and is in the running to play.

However, a stellar defensive showing at Anfield on Sunday without usual pairing Terry and Gary Cahill may well have given Jose Mourinho a selection headache.

The likelihood is that the English partnership will be restored to the starting XI for the visit of the Spaniards, but is there a case to argue that others should be considered?

Tomas Kalas made his first Premier League start for the west London club against Liverpool and put in an assured performance that defied his lack of experience.

Continuing with the young Czech defender would be an outlandish move by Mourinho, and it is more than likely that Kalas will find himself back on the bench.

However, Kalas’ central defensive partner on Merseyside Branislav Ivanovic played a monumental role in the 2-0 victory over the Reds.

The Serb has made the right-back position his own this term, but showed that he is equally as assured centrally.

With concerns over Terry being fully fit, playing Ivanovic alongside Cahill, bringing Cesar Azpilicueta back to his natural right-back position and continuing with Ashley Cole at left-back is also an option for the Portuguese coach.

Terry will be assessed closer to kick off to ensure he is good to go, but if the Blues skipper is unavailable Ivanovic’s showing on Sunday suggests that Chelsea would not be weakened too much if he was to slot in at centre-half.

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