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I prefer Ramires on the wing rather than Moses in this match. Ramires' counter-attack ability is lethal.

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Azpi, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole

Lampard, Luiz

Ramires, Mata, Oscar

Torres

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you possibly the greatest gif on the internet...

"Everyone questioned me why Chelsea, this is my answer.” — Eden Hazard

We won the Champions League with Kalou, Bosingwa and Bertrand in the starting line-up, against Bayern in their own backyard. I am pretty sure we're capable of beating Benfica without Hazard. We can do this.

But we had Drogba...

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I prefer Ramires on the wing rather than Moses in this match. Ramires' counter-attack ability is lethal.

Cech

Azpi, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole

Lampard, Luiz

Ramires, Mata, Oscar

Torres

True, still our job probably will it be to take the game to Benfica. When we achieve to dominate them we can benefit from their blown confidence. We also countered Basel and Kazan, but we scored only one goal on the counter, due to our wastefulness.

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This might be encouraging -

Three English teams – Chelsea FC, Newcastle United FC and Tottenham – have reached the last eight. In each of the previous two seasons in which a country has taken three clubs to the quarter-finals, one of that number has gone on to lift the trophy – FC Porto (Portugal) in 2010/11 and Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain) in 2011/12 – beating opponents from their own country in the final.

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I wanted to go to amsterdam with some friends. No Ticket but just to be there, feel the atmosphere and support the team! Anyone here knows if there is a place for public viewing or something like that??

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This might be encouraging -

Three English teams – Chelsea FC, Newcastle United FC and Tottenham – have reached the last eight. In each of the previous two seasons in which a country has taken three clubs to the quarter-finals, one of that number has gone on to lift the trophy – FC Porto (Portugal) in 2010/11 and Club Atlético de Madrid (Spain) in 2011/12 – beating opponents from their own country in the final.

*ahem*

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Benfica have lost their last six European finals. They last won a European trophy 51 years ago ... in Amsterdam.

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and if things are not running we can bring German Messi or the deadly Benayoun from the bench...

Wonder whether it is possible to win such a game with a player like Torres as lone striker...

Benfica have far better balance in their team, but it consists of solid and average players, no real worldclass men...It is crucial Benitez gets his tactics spot on, then we got a chance... i feel, something is different than it has been in previous cup finals this season.

Can this game fuckin start now before I start to absorb transcendental vibrations to forecast this match?!

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and if things are not running we can bring German Messi or the deadly Benayoun from the bench...

Wonder whether it is possible to win such a game with a player like Torres as lone striker...

Benfica have far better balance in their team, but it consists of solid and average players, no real worldclass men...It is crucial Benitez gets his tactics spot on, then we got a chance... i feel, something is different than it has been in previous cup finals this season.

Can this game fuckin start now before I start to absorb transcendental vibrations to forecast this match?!

Well, Torres did alright against Benfica in Portugal last season. Made a good strong run to setup Kalou's winning goal.

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Not entirely sure if this has been posted, but apparently Frank has said that the team did not practice pens before the final: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/europa-league-final-chelsea-havent-1889255

No idea what to make of that.

However, a thigh injury for Victor Moses means a late switch for David Luiz back into midfield, with Ramires on the right of the trio behind Fernando Torres

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However, a thigh injury for Victor Moses means a late switch for David Luiz back into midfield, with Ramires on the right of the trio behind Fernando Torres

:blink:

Hmmm, I need to learn to read articles till the end..

I can't start to even express how much I wish that is false!

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Not entirely sure if this has been posted, but apparently Frank has said that the team did not practice pens before the final: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/europa-league-final-chelsea-havent-1889255

No idea what to make of that.

There is always a difference between what you say to the press what one does in training and what you actually do. Jogi Löw says they never practice corners or freekicks in training. I am pretty sure they do.

Moses out is a huge blow, surely. Without him we got no useful options on the bench whatsoever...Ramires on the wing has never been a good idea this season. AS we got no real wingers a narrow formation like a 4-3-2-1 sounds a logical consequence

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rami-Mikel(fit?)-Lamps

----Mata-----Oscar----

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There is always a difference between what you say to the press what one does in training and what you actually do. Jogi Löw says they never practice corners or freekicks in training. I am pretty sure they do.

Agree. I would imagine the keepers, at the very least, have been prepped for pens.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/may/14/frank-lampard-chelsea-benfica-europa

Some team news from the Guardian.

Terry, who damaged his left ankle in Saturday's victory at Aston Villa and arrived in the Netherlands with a pronounced limp and with the joint heavily strapped, made a bold attempt to prove he should warrant a place at least on the substitutes' bench by venturing out on to the turf as the squad trained at the Amsterdam ArenA night. But the centre-half, wearing trainers rather than boots, managed only one lap of the pitch with the fitness coach before retiring inside for further treatment.

Eden Hazard, who injured a hamstring at Villa Park, will also miss the game, as will Ryan Bertrand. That leaves the interim manager Rafael Benítez effectively left to select from a threadbare 18-man squad that includes Victor Moses, who picked up a slight knock at the weekend. Lampard will start and, as Terry's deputy, will take on the armband against the Portuguese having performed a similar duty in last year's Champions League showpiece.

Only have 18 players to select from?! :fainthv9: That might mean Benayoun, Marin, Ferreira will all be on the bench!

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