FENERBAHCE V CHELSEA

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Chelsea travel to Istanbul, Turkey to play Fenerbahce for the very first time.

Chelsea have the best defensive record in the Champions League with just two goals conceded and they are looking to continue a sequence of six consecutive clean sheets.

The Turkish champions meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 11 European games at home, with Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla among the teams to have been unable to get a victory in Istanbul this season.

Fenerbahce are likely to field Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman and former Brighton and Sheffield United winger Colin Kazim-Richards may also be on the bench.

Alongside Kazim-Richards on the bench will be Roberto Carlos who has just recovered from a shin injury.

The Turk will be without regular rightback Gokhan Gonul who is suspended.

Chelsea welcome back Frank Lampard, returning after a stomach upset. Petr Cech is still out with an ankle injury, so Carlo Cudicini will deputise and Didier Drogba is fine after shaking off a knock.



Zico, Fenerbahce manager:

Zico My philosophy as a player and a coach did not change, the entertainment side of football is about scoring goals. As a coach I have the same aims – clean performances with fair play and entertainment.

Avram Grant Chelsea manager:

Rafa Benitez Fenerbahce are a good team who score a lot of goals. I have seen all their games and it will be a difficult game. Our target is to succeed in the Champions League no matter the opponent.

Champions League Quarter Final First Leg

Stadium: Sukru Saracoglu

Date: Wednesday, 2 April, 1945



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