Chelsea were also the first team since Manchester United in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final to win a major European final without making any substitutions.. To the haters with nothing to offer but bile, feel free to sneer from behind the safety of your keyboards. Björn Kuipers (NED) Schiedsrichterassistenten.  Chelsea captain and centre-back John Terry was also absent through injury.
Here, Blues blogger The Chelsea FC previews the big game with team news and predicted score Defence Coverage will be provided by the Fox Soccer Channel, with a live stream available on Fox Soccer 2Go. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Download the talkSPORT app NOW – the best way to listen live, listen to talkSPORT from 7pm for live and uninterrupted coverage of Benfica v Chelsea. However, that night in May 2013, the stakes were much higher. Newcastle were pretty close to an upset there, hats off to them. The midfielder claimed the club’s goal-scoring record at the weekend and has said that, despite some questioning last season’s Champions League winners’ commitment to the Europa League, he is focused on lifting the trophy. It also hosted the second legs of the 1981 UEFA Cup Final, between AZ '67 and Ipswich Town, and of the 1992 UEFA Cup Final, between Ajax and Torino. talkSPORT prediction: Benfica 2-3 Chelsea, Potential line-ups: @57 Think criticism of Anita is harsh. Their fate will now be decided in the coming days, with the final game of the league season to come on Sunday, and the pressure is now firmly on Jesus to avoid ending the campaign empty handed. Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Lampard, Luiz; Ramires, Oscar, Mata; Torres. Let us know your thoughts below. However, that night in May 2013, the stakes were much higher. Verdict Benfica will be gutted at losing out to Porto in the Portuguese league and will be keen to give supporters something to cheer about. Benfica will be gutted at losing out to Porto in the Portuguese league and will be keen to give supporters something to cheer about. Chelsea vs FC Basel 2013: Team News and Predicted Line-up in Champions League , Cup Competitions , Match Preview September 17, 2013 24 Comments UPDATE: GET THE MATCH REPORT, REACTION, AND HIGHLIGHTS .
Three players faced their former clubs: Benfica's Nemanja Matić, who was transferred from Chelsea, and Chelsea's David Luiz and Ramires, who were transferred from Benfica. I hope we can strengthen that position in the summer. It was also the first time since 2009 that Benfica defeated Porto in a league match. Really proud of that display and I doubt Sunderland will be able to cope with our attacking intensity. The brighter Benfica side continued to attack and Salvio went close with a header from Ola John's well-placed cross. One of them, fellow Portuguese speaker Jorginho, has been helping him settle, and here he speaks of their relationship and the impact Thiago Silva is having.
Pol van Boekel (Netherlands) Ó Cardozo (68' 68th minute pen) Chelsea 2. “It's a huge European final. For Benfica, Nemanja Matic has been outstanding since his transfer from Chelsea in 2011, controlling the midfield where his anticipation and vision has broken up many opposition attacks and as a result, the Serbia international has been linked to Man United, too. Fourth official: We played admirably and ultimately lost to a better side. [deprecated source] Chelsea also became the fourth club, and first in England, to win all three major UEFA club titles, having won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998, and still held the Champions League title won for the first time the previous year. It was just past the 92nd minute in added time when Branislav Ivanovic made a run and scored the winning goal with a header from Juan Mata.
Should Lampard start he will likely captain the side and a win would be the icing on the cake following his new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge. They tried their best, got quite a long way and eventually were beaten by a better team.  Benfica also finished the season unbeaten in home matches, and the 57 games played are a club record for a single season. By the way whats happened to the attacker being given the benefit of the doubt, Cisse has had 4 goals given offside and 3 of them were onside. We got the the quarter finals you muppet. Pardew brought on striker Ameobi at the break and the substitute gave Benfica keeper Artur his first real work of the game when his deflected cross was turned away at the near post. With eight months between his transfer being announced and a competitive debut last weekend, Hakim Ziyech’s start to life at Chelsea has been far from conventional but the forward is now finding his fitness and rhythm as he looks to show his new side what he is capable of.
Additional assistant referees: Courtesy of their UEFA coefficient, they were seeded in Pot 1 for the draw, which took place in Monaco in late August 2013.
After their early elimination from the Champions League, Chelsea edged past Sparta Prague, Steaua Bucharest and Rubin Kazan before beating Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the semifinals. Maybe not a great game yesterday but is too small and has too much creativity to be used solely as a DM, more a box to box. The hosts, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, had two Papiss Cisse efforts disallowed, either side of the break. That pattern may well be broken, though, for another of Chelsea’s veteran, Frank Lampard. Newcastle lost this tie in the last 20 odd minutes of the first leg and apart from that the players did their club proud, it was so tight. @66 If we'd gone for it all out in the first 20 mins and been caught on the counter like we were at the end, it would've been over before it began. The final of the competition is to be played at Benfica's home stadium Estádio da Luz. Benfica began their Champions League campaign in the group stage after achieving a top-two finish in the league's previous season. Real shame to see how little coverage Newcastle have got in the Europa league compared to Spurs and Chelsea.
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