Chelsea team news and likely starting XI vs Barcelona

Chelsea defeated Hull City in the FA Cup at the weekend and next up, the Blues will collide against Barcelona in the Champions League.

The five time European Champions have been in red hot form this season and should be considered favorites to win vs Antonio Conte’s team even at Stamford Bridge.

As far as Chelsea’s team news is concerned, the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and winter signing Ross Barkley are out injured at the moment (PhysioRoom). Spanish international Marcos Alonso has been injured as well but he could be fit to face the Catalan giants.

Conte should make more than a few changes in the team that started vs the Tigers at the weekend. Courtois will likely return to replace Caballero in the goal.

Azpilicueta should return to partner the likes of Cahill and Rudiger in the back line. Alonso and Moses may start in the wing-back positions for the Blues. The likes of Fabregas and Kante will probably start in the central midfield.

As far as the attack is concerned, Pedro and Hazard should start behind Spanish center forward Alvaro Morata.

Here is Chelsea’s likely XI vs Barcelona.

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