Group D – Kick-off 19:45 (BST)
Manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes Chelsea finish their group campaign on a high as they prepare to face APOEL FC.
Chelsea are already guaranteed top spot in Group D, while bottom-side APOEL must win to stand a chance of clinching a Europa League spot. Whatever the outcome, coach Ivan Jovanović believes his Cypriot side has already “exceeded itself” in the section.
“I think John Terry will be able to play but I have to oversee the training session,” confirmed Ancelotti. “I want to put the best team out, but the most important thing is to see if the players are able to play.
“We have some problems with Terry, Ballack and Ashley Cole after the [Manchester City FC] game. They’re not big problems, but I want to have a look at things [before naming the squad]. We can use some young players if Ballack, Ashley Cole and Terry can’t play.
“We have two aims. One is to maintain a good performance in the group because we’ve done very well in winning four games out of five. We want to finish the group with a good performance.
“We have a good record at home that we want to improve, but also we have to respect the other teams because APOEL and Atletico are still involved in the group and can still finish third. We want to do our best.”
APEOL coach Jovanovic said that his side had made huge strides since the competition started in August.
“Chelsea are the best team in the group and certainly one of the teams who could win the Champions League,” he said. “In all five of our games, my team has exceeded itself. We’ve tried our best and dealt with very strong opponents. Sometimes we’ve succeeded, sometimes not.
“We will try to play the same as we did in Cyprus, Madrid or Porto. Whatever the result, maybe we could have done better, but we have made progress over the last six months and gained a lot of experience – experience which is unique both for Cyprus and for APOEL. It’s the greatest recognition we’ve had and we’ll do all we can to be here next year.”