Chelsea boss to drop four first-team stars for Champions League opener

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to drop four first team players for their Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv this Wednesday, according to reports from the Mirror.

Mourinho is looking to make big changes to his line-up in hopes that it will reignite their stuttering season, in which they’ve already lost three out of their opening five league games.

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Club captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, and Diego Costa are set to be left out of the first eleven against Maccabi, with Kurt Zouma, Baba Rahman, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Loic Remy prepared to be deputised in their absence.

“I know what you will say,” he stated.

“If I leave out Azpilicueta, it’s because I have a problem with him. Same with Terry. Same with Fabregas. I know the consequences.

“But I cannot be worried about what you say or write. I have to be just worried about my team and players.

“Yes, I will make a couple of changes because I have to try a different dynamic, I have to try a couple of different faces, and to give chances to people who have not been playing but have been working hard.”

The Portuguese manager will also be keeping an eye on their big clash against Arsenal on Saturday, with summer signings Pedro Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao also set to be left out of their trip to Tel Aviv with muscular and tendon injuries respectively.

The Blues have only picked up four points out of a possible 15 in the English top flight, conceding an incredibly high 12 goals.