There was a lot of speculation regarding Carlo Ancelotti's selection, with the Chelsea manager carrying a safe 2-0 lead into Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match against FC Copenhagen. Arguably the weakest of the 16 sides to make the second phase, Copenhagen would be generously described as long shots to turn around that deficit at Stamford Bridge. As such, many thought Ancelotti was rest some veterans.
And he has, though not to the extent he could. Fernando Torres and Michael Essien will be rested, but other veterans that could have been sparred - Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole - are starting, but Ancelotti apparently set to stay with his 4-4-2.
Chelsea, Starting XI: Cech / Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole / Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Zhirkov / Anelka, Drogba
Bench: Turnbull, Ferreira, McEahran, Essien, Kalou, Malouda, Torres
Copenhagen has gone back to the 4-4-1-1 they playing in group stage after using a 4-4-2 in the first leg. While FCK often uses that formation in league, it created a series of un-winnable match-ups against Chelsea. Today, Cesar Santin goes to the bench, with Martin Vingaard returning to the starting XI.
Copenhagen, Starting XI: Wiland / Wendt, Antonsson, Zanka, Bengtsson / Bolanos, Kvist, Claudemir, Vingaard / Gronkjaer, N'Doye
Bench: Delaney, Kristensen, Christensen, Zahore, Bergvold, Hooiveld, Santin