Chelsea Vs. Napoli, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Can Di Matteo Mastermind A Comeback?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Roberto Di Matteo, interim first team coach watches over his players during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen, second leg match between Chelsea FC and Napoli at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Chelsea needs to, at the very least, win by two goals while allowing Napoli to score no more than once if they want to keep their UEFA Champions League campaign alive.

Chelsea's loss to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo was the beginning of the end for Andre Villas-Boas. Because of the further poor results that followed that 3-1 Napoli victory, the Blues will finish this tie with a different manager than the one they started it with. Caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo is tasked with engineering a two-goal or better win on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Bosingwa is out and Raul Meireles is suspended, but both were unlikely to feature for Chelsea in this match. This means that Di Matteo has more or less a full team to pick from, and he has plenty of selection dilemmas on his platter. Juan Mata has played on the left for most of this season, Christian Maggio is a terrible match-up for him. Ramires has been brilliant in the center, but has been tried out on the right in recent games. And are there places for John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard?

For Walter Mazzarri, things are a bit more straightforward. He rested Edinson Cavani and Maggio on the weekend, and they will come in for Andrea Dossena and Goran Pandev. Otherwise, his team should be unchanged. They have all of the same weapons as the team that scored three in the first leg, and they will play exactly the same way, save for some minor tweaks to account for the situation. Di Matteo knows exactly what Napoli team will be put in front of him. There's no question about that. The question is whether or not he has an answer for them.

Projected Napoli Lineup (3-4-2-1): Morgan De Sanctis; Salvatore Aronica, Paolo Cannavaro, Hugo Campagnaro; Juan Zuñiga, Walter Gargano, Gökhan Inler, Christian Maggio; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik; Edinson Cavani

Projected Chelsea Lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ashley Cole, John Terry, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic; Michael Essien, Ramires; Solomon Kalou, Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge; Didier Drogba

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, March 14, 3:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: FOX Soccer Channel (USA), Sportsnet Regional (Canada), ITV 1 (UK)

For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea blog We Ain't Got No History and The Offside Chelsea. For more on the Azzurri, head over to The Offside Napoli.

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