With Samuel Eto'o left behind, the comments made by Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres were key and I am wondering if Mourinho plans to start with a "False Nine" again tonight against Atletico Madrid.
Of course Torres could start, so could Demba Ba for that matter but for me with doubts remaining over the match fitness of Eden Hazard, Mourinho could come up with a tactical surprise in the first leg.
Surprising news yesterday afternoon that Eden Hazard HAS been named in the 20-man squad that travelled to Madrid despite sitting out the morning training session. If he's fit enough to be named in the squad, would you start him tonight?
Before you answer there are plenty of things to think about here.
We are just hours away from kick off. It's a game we have all been looking forward to ever since the draw was made. Diego Costa and Courtois against Chelsea, Fernando Torres against his hometown club. Here are a selection of the best video promo's to really set the scene for tonight!
Eden Hazard and Petr Cech both return to the Chelsea squad for today's trip to Madrid ahead of our Champions League semi final first leg but Samuel Eto'o is out with a knee problem.
Eto'o joins Branislav Ivanovic (suspended), Mohamed Salah (cup tied) and Nemanja Matic (cup tied) on the sidelines as we nervously await kick off tomorrow night.
Chelsea headed into the game yesterday against Sunderland knowing that a win would take us top of the league and would have put real pressure on Liverpool. The complete opposite happened as Sunderland won 2-1, Jose Mourinho's home record is over and earlier this afternoon, Liverpool have beaten Norwich to take a five point lead with three games to go in the title race.
This evening, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team have a chance to put huge pressure on Liverpool by beating Sunderland and moving top of the Premier League by a single point before Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow. Sunderland is as big as any other game we have played this season.
Take our title challenge that looked like being over with defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, take Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record in the Premier League and take current form into consideration and you would have this down on paper as a Chelsea win.
According to a newspaper report this morning, John Terry will be offered a new contract to stay at Chelsea but, in order to do so, will have to halve his current (reported) £150,000 a week wages.
What can you say about Captain Fantastic? Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong and even more so this season.
Make no mistake, the game against Sunderland tomorrow is as big as any we have played this season. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this to pick the Chelsea eleven to face Sunderland.
Now we have some things to consider before you reach your verdict. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended for the first leg against Atletico Madrid and as we know by now, Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are both ineligible having already played for Basel and Benfica in the Champions League this season.
Last night Chelsea's U18's side were looking to book their place in their third consecutive FA Youth Cup final, which by any standards is a remarkable achievement but on top of that it was also represent a fifth final in seven years which just goes to highlights Chelsea's recent dominance in this competition.
Well who would have predicted that result last night apart from the Sunderland faithful at Eastlands? Man City are now playing a chasing game after drawing 2-2 at home last night. Surely that result hands the advantage to Liverpool and Chelsea in the title race!
If you ask me, it was perfect and sets everything up perfectly for next weekend at Anfield with Chelsea being just two points behind the league leaders.
The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in association with cfcuk fanzine, is pleased to announce that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be present in the Fulham Road both before and after the Sunderland home game on Saturday 19th April.
Organised by Jon Darch from the Football Supporters' Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshow will enable Chelsea supporters to see "rail seating" up close and in person.
The guys over a Campo Retro have put in plenty of hours lately and have revamped their fantastic website. To celebrate the launch of their new site AND to remind you all that you DO NOT have to fork out £90 for the New England Kit, the very good people over there have a FANTASTIC EASTER WEEKEND OFFER from today until midnight on Monday 21st April, giving you 20% off any purchases made by YOU during that time.
Monday night Chelsea's U21's team took a big step towards finishing in the all important top 4 play off places and have it in their hands to finish top of the league. Standing in their way was Aston Villa at Villa Park. Villa by their very high standards at youth level have had a very disappointing season and are fighting to qualify in the top half of the table for when the league splits into 2 next season.
The Chelsea future of Fernando Torres is unclear. Despite the player stating that he wants to stay and fight for his future here under Jose Mourinho, the press still believe that he could be on his way at the end of the season.
In the past few days, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have confirmed their interest in signing Torres if Jose Mourinho decided to sell him this summer.