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Predicted Chelsea XI to play Sporting Lisbon - Costa to be rested?

Here is the possible Chelsea side to take on Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be looking for a positive performance to end an impressive Champions League group stage for the Blues.

Chelsea haven’t always played their best football during the group games but they have proven to be too good for their group rivals and Mourinho will already have one eye on a favourable draw in the first knock out round.

There is added incentive for Chelsea to play well because of the defeat to Newcastle last weekend, which saw them lose their unbeaten Premier League record.

That would have been a bitter pill for Mourinho to swallow as it deprived him of the chance to replicate Arsene Wenger’s unique feat, considering his historic rivalry with the Frenchman.

However, Mourinho will stress to his players that they’re still in a great position on multiple fronts this season.

Here’s the side Mourinho could select to start the game against Sporting.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Schurrle, Matic, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba

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