On the brink of qualification.
Chelsea will secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League tonight, if they can replicate their impressive form against Maribor.
A win in Slovenia and anything but a defeat for Schalke will see the Blues into the Round of 16.
The Blues will take added confidence from the 6-0 thrashing of the Slovenian champions at Stamford Bridge.
Media focus will inevitably be on how the Chelsea fans react to Mourinho following his comments about the noise (or lack of) at Stamford Bridge in the 2-1 win against QPR on the weekend. The away support is always faultless, but you can almost guarantee a commentator’s comment when the Chelsea faithful bellow out a rendition of ‘Jose Mourinho’.
Diego Costa is likely to be rested ahead of the Premier League clash against Liverpool on the weekend. Didier Drogba is set to return to the starting line-up, bidding to continue his impressive run of goalscoring form. Loic Remy is still recovering from a groin strain he suffered as he scored the opener against Maribor in the reverse fixture.
Don’t be surprised to see a few changes, with Petr Cech, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah hoping for a starting place.