Maribor vs Chelsea team news: No place for Diego Costa as Jose Mourinho makes four changes for Champions League clash

Cech, Zouma, Schurrle and Drogba all start

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made four changes to the team that narrowly beat west London rivals Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

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Diego Costa, who continues to have injury problems does not land a starting place, with veteran Didier Drogba set to start as the lone striker; the Ivorian will make his 100th appearance in the competition tonight

Petr Cech replaces Thibaut Courtois in goal, while Gary Cahill is handed a rest with talented youngster Kurt Zouma alongside John Terry.

Andre Schurrle is in for Oscar in the attacking three, with Eden Hazard likely to play just off Drogba rather than in his usual spot on the left wing.

Cesar Azpilicueta makes his return from suspension but Filipe Luis continues as the Blues' left-back.

 

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Maribor: To follow

Chelsea:  Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis, Fabregas, Matic, Schurrle, Willian, Hazard, Drogba.

Subs: Courtois, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Salah, Diego Costa.

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