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

Been away for a couple of days so I'm just catching up reading the thread but I have to disagree with you Rmpr. While Benfica fans give the Europa League title a lot of respect and definitely want to win it, I would say the Porto game was by far more important to Benfica fans. Our rivalry with them is unbelievable and we had the opportunity to clinch the title in their stadium the same way they did in ours a couple of years ago. There is so much bad blood between us. We HATE Porto with a passion and wanted to ram the league trophy down their throats so bad. In the end, that game was absolutely devastating and demoralizing. You watch the reactions of the players and coaches at the end and you understand that this game meant more to them than the Chelsea game. My remote control was the closest its ever been to going through the TV.

Jorge Jesus made the mistake that game that so many coaches make in the same position. They went to Porto not to lose knowing a draw would pretty much hand them the title, and when you play like that you're bound to lose. That being said, the Europa League final is not a game where you leave anything in reserve, no reason to hold anything back now, much like Chelsea has no reason to hold back now since the top 4 is guaranteed. This is a game where both sides will be going out there to win and I think it could be an exciting offensive display that could go down as a classic.

While Benfica fans would've preferred celebrating the title in Porto's stadium, that doesn't mean this game Wednesday was far behind. It was right up there, and now it becomes THE BIG ONE.

To use a British phrase, we are absolutely gutted, and I hope we recover psychologically for Wednesday. It only makes sense to come out with a full strength offensive side to try to put a little confidence in the boys. If we leave either Lima or Cardozo on the bench and plug the midfield it will only signal timidness and fear and we'll be beaten before the game even starts. I look for a 4-4-2 from Jesus with Lima and Cardozo starting up front, Gaitan and Salvio on the flanks, Matic at holding mid, his partner in the pivot hopefully Enzo Perez but might not make it due to injury.

I understand that this trophy isn't the Champion's League, but its still a worthy competition and one that Portuguese fans respect. I hope Chelsea fans warm up to it because you'll see the pride and excitement the Chelsea players will play the game with and you'll see that its a meaningful game for them. 2 more days until this game, let's hope for a great one!

Always had a soft spot for Benfica for some reason. Think it is to do with their offensive style of play. Could understand the devastation for fans and players but who knows. You have a game on the last day where you should win with ease while Porto going to Pacos is not easy. They occupy third spot and playing away from home hopefully there is another twist. If only Benfica beat Estoril at home... maybe it was nerves.

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Always had a soft spot for Benfica for some reason. Think it is to do with their offensive style of play. Could understand the devastation for fans and players but who knows. You have a game on the last day where you should win with ease while Porto going to Pacos is not easy. They occupy third spot and playing away from home hopefully there is another twist. If only Benfica beat Estoril at home... maybe it was nerves.

No chance. Paços have secured their historic 3rd place and will certainly let porto beat them easily. They are located closely geographically and the majority of Paços's supporters are also porto's...

We have lost every hope in winning this league and are really devastated... It seemed impossible 2 weeks ago and now it weights too much...

I think that our fans have lost interest in this game after what happened. Everybody is in a depression-like state when it comes to football these days.

I just hope it's a fun game and our boys honor their shirt. See you on weds :)

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No chance. Paços have secured their historic 3rd place and will certainly let porto beat them easily. They are located closely geographically and the majority of Paços's supporters are also porto's...

We have lost every hope in winning this league and are really devastated... It seemed impossible 2 weeks ago and now it weights too much...

I think that our fans have lost interest in this game after what happened. Everybody is in a depression-like state when it comes to football these days.

I just hope it's a fun game and our boys honor their shirt. See you on weds :)

Well I was looking at their fixtures and they are unbeaten in their last 11. Never say never. Not an easy game on paper, just keep faith.

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1. Premier League (third)

2. Champions League (group stages)

3. FA Cup (semi final)

4. Capital One Cup (semi final)

5. Community Shield (final)

6. UEFA Super Cup (final)

7. FIFA Club World Cup (final)

8. NextGen Series (final)

9. FA Youth Cup (final)

well played karma

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1. Premier League (third)

2. Champions League (group stages)

3. FA Cup (semi final)

4. Capital One Cup (semi final)

5. Community Shield (final)

6. UEFA Super Cup (final)

7. FIFA Club World Cup (final)

8. NextGen Series (final)

9. FA Youth Cup (final)

well played karma

So that's what it's like to be an Arsenal fan...except with less trophies on the list to scratch off...and even less finals.

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Lee Parker said on Chelsea TV's Weekend Review that they are still waiting on the scan results on both Terry and Hazard's injury and an update is only likely to be provided by Benitez tomorrow after the team get to Amsterdam.

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1. Premier League (third)

2. Champions League (group stages)

3. FA Cup (semi final)

4. Capital One Cup (semi final)

5. Community Shield (final)

6. UEFA Super Cup (final)

7. FIFA Club World Cup (final)

8. NextGen Series (final)

9. FA Youth Cup (final)

well played karma

Hmm... Let me guess what's going to happen on Wednesday.

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Lee Parker said on Chelsea TV's Weekend Review that they are still waiting on the scan results on both Terry and Hazard's injury and an update is only likely to be provided by Benitez tomorrow after the team get to Amsterdam.

They traveled to Amsterdam or not ? I mean JT and Hazard.

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1. Premier League (third)

2. Champions League (group stages)

3. FA Cup (semi final)

4. Capital One Cup (semi final)

5. Community Shield (final)

6. UEFA Super Cup (final)

7. FIFA Club World Cup (final)

8. NextGen Series (final)

9. FA Youth Cup (final)

well played karma

Seems like we are destined not to win anything this season. Better prepare for the disappointment...

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They traveled to Amsterdam or not ? I mean JT and Hazard.

Maybe. Can go there to support the team anyway, just like what the whole team did last season in Munich.

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Chelsea injuries mean Frank Lampard is to start Europa League Final

Key team news info...

Benitez is set to confirm that neither Eden Hazard nor Terry will be fit to take on the Portuguese giants after picking up injuries in Saturday's win at Aston Villa.

With John Obi Mikel still not fit enough to start after missing the last six games, Lampard is now poised to lead the Blues into battle from the heart of the midfield.

Benitez is concerned over the form of Gary Cahill and is understood to be planning to drop David Luiz back into the centre of the defence alongside Branislav Ivanovic.

That will leave a huge hole in the centre of the pitch, and while playing Ramires on the right of the trio behind striker Fernando Torres has been considered, the Brazilian - sent off at Villa - has been pencilled in to his more normal role.

Unless there is another change of heart over the next 24 hours, Ramires will be partnered in the midfield battleground by England veteran and Stamford Bridge legend Lampard.

...Hazard's hamstring injury, coming in a match that also saw Terry stretchered off with an ankle problem unlikely to heal by Wednesday, has limited Benitez's options.

Mikel had hoped to make an appearance at Villa Park but his failure to feature effectively rules him out of the starting line-up against Benfica.

Victor Moses is the likely beneficiary of Hazard's absence.

Benitez will make his final decisions after Tuesday night's training session, but Lampard seems set to be confirmed as skipper - as he was for last season's Champions League Final in Munich, when Terry was suspended.

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This sucks.

Benfica are actually not the kind of opposition against which I feel too comfortable having a pivot of Lamps+Ramires. they play this free-flowing attack and both Lampard and Ramires like to go forward, whilst Lampard is likely to get overrun at times. Provided Mikel is out, I'd go with

----------Cech----

Azpi-Cahill-Iva-Cole

-----Luiz----Rami----

Oscar-Lamps-Mata

---------Torres-------

Maybe, it's half the team played out of position but it is far more solid than a pivot of Lamps+Rami.

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