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12.04.2006

Chelsea is ready to face the match against Levski Sofia

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Chelsea is working hard this season to get as many titles as possible. And at least in the Champions League, they are in the right way.

In fact, the hard work has been accomplished so it is only natural that the "Blues" coach Jose Mourinho should be looking beyond Chelsea FC's final Group A fixture against PFC Levski Sofia and towards the knockout rounds that follow in the new year. Winning the section, he says, is not so important in terms of what opposition they will face in the last 16; rather it will guarantee that they stage the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

As we know, Ballack's team slipped six points behind Manchester United FC in their Premiership title defence as they were without a game at the weekend, and for this match they will make changes with skipper John Terry suspended. Claude Makelele will take a rest and Wayne Bridge will replace Ashley Cole at left-back. Mourinho added that he was sorry to see fourth-placed Levski bowing out of Europe altogether, because the campaign had provided valuable experience. "They would have done very well if they got through to the UEFA Cup and I hope to see them again very soon in the Champions League," he said.

Line ups:

Chelsea FC: Carlo Cudicini; Geremi, Ricardo Carvalho, Khalid Boulahrouz, Wayne Bridge; Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Joe Cole; Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko.

Levski: Bozhidar Mitrev; Zhivko Milanov, Elin Topuzakov, Igor Tomašić, Stanislav Angelov; Richard Eromoigbe, Daniel Borimirov, Cédric Bardon; Nikolay Dimitrov, Valeri Domovchiyski, Hristo Yovov.

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