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Chelsea can confirm their place in the knockout stages when they travel to Switzerland to face Basel in match day 5 of the Champions League, as William Hill announce a new free bets offer on this week’s Champions League (KO 19:45 GMT).
It certainly should be an interesting week in Europe as the Swiss outfit, currently third in the group, shocked the Premier League giants in the opening round of matches when they beat the Blues 2-1 in their own backyard.
That defeat was Chelsea’s first defeat in 29 games at Stamford Bridge and boss Jose Mourinho wants to avoid a repeat performance from his team as he looks to manage his squad ahead of a busy September.
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We are going to try to win and kill,” Mourinho said.
“We have so many matches in December that if we can have one less – and the one less is the crucial match against Steaua – it would be a help.
“We are going to try to win. In the end if you get a point you qualify, you have a point, but we have to try to win the game there.
“Also because it was not a good feeling to lose against them at home – so, no revenge, nothing, not at all, but to try to win against a team that beat us at Stamford Bridge I think is important.”
Chelsea will travel to Switzerland in fine fettle after recording a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham at the weekend. A brace from veteran midfielder Frank Lampard and a goal from Oscar saw Chelsea move up to third in the table, level on points with second place Liverpool and four behind leaders Arsenal.
Striker Fernando Torres missed out once again with an adductor problem but could return while left-back Ashley Cole, an unused substitute against West Ham could feature as he continues to nurse a rib injury.
David Luiz has a knee injury and did not travel while long term absentee Marco van Ginkel (knee) is also out.
Basel meanwhile currently top the Swiss league and will head in to the game on the back of a 4-1 win over Thun.
The club are currently unbeaten in their last 9 matches but they will head into the game without Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who suffered a rib injury while on international duty.
Behrang Safari (thigh) will also miss out as Basel look to claim an unlikely double.