Chelsea v Anderlecht
It is only a matter of time, contends Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, before he emulates the greatest feat thus far of his managerial career, and delivers the Champions League to Stamford Bridge.
“Winning the Champions League will be a natural consequence of our team quality”, said Mourinho, who won the Tournament with FC Porto in 2004.
“I think over (the next) five years I will have to win it at Chelsea”
His cause will no doubt be helped by the return of skipper John Terry, who is expected to start tonight against the Belgian champions.
In the absence of the injured Asier Del Horno, William Gallas or Paulo Ferrera are expected to revert to left-back, which could mean a second consecutive start for Geremi – who scored for the Blues over the weekend – on the right side of defence.
It is still not known, though, whether midfielder Claude Makalele will be fit to play, after incurring a thigh injury in France’s recent world cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.
Anderlecht will be without the suspended Dan Mitu, aswell as highly rated young full-back Vincent Kompany, who is presently injured.