Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea side to Gelsenkirchen as the Blues take on Schalke 04 on Tuesday looking to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
Since the disappointing performance against Basel on Match day one, which led to a shock home defeat, Chelsea have won five out of six, including a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucherest in their previous Champions League outing. On Saturday, there was finally a goal from a striker, as Samuel Eto’o scored the Blues’ second goal in a somewhat controversial win over Cardiff City, which lifted them to second in the Premier League.
Mourinho will be impressed with the form of Eden Hazard and Oscar, who have scored 10 goals between them already this season, while Willian has made a promising start to life in English football. This is a big game in the context of the group, as a Schalke win would see them on the brink of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Indeed, Schalke currently top Group E with maximum points and no goals conceded, with a comfortable home win over Steaua followed by a hard-fought victory against Basle. With Klaas-Jan Huntelaar facing a lengthy spell out , 20-year-old Julian Draxler, and former Portsmouth and Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng are likely to provide their biggest threat.
Ashley Cole is Chelsea’s most notable absentee, and although forward Andre Schurrle has travelled to Germany, he remains a doubt, and is unlikely to feature.
Other than Huntelaar, who is expected to be out until December, Schalke will be without Jefferson Farfan and Marco Hoger.
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