Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will make changes for the Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
With three Premier League defeats in five games this term, Chelsea have already equalled their tally of defeats from the whole of 2014-15 and Mourinho is willing to “try a couple of different faces” as they bid to get back on the winning trail in Europe.
“I can make changes,” Mourinho said.
“I know the consequence of that. If I make a couple of changes in my team, instead of you saying he has a squad, he has more options, he’s looking for a new dynamic, he wants to give some chances, I know what you are going to say.
“If I leave out Azpilicueta, it’s because I have a problem with Azpilicueta. If I leave out John Terry, it’s because I have a problem with John Terry. If I leave out Fabregas, it’s because I have a problem with Fabregas.
“I cannot be worried about what you say, what you write.
“Yes, I’m going to make a couple of changes because I have to try a couple of different faces.”
Chelsea will be without striker Radamel Falcao due to a minor niggle, but playmaker Oscar is available again and new boy Baba Rahamn is also set to feature.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is out for around three months following knee surgery, so Asmir Begovic will continue in goal.