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Thursday 16 August 2018

Chelsea v Napoli: the key battles

JOHN TERRY v EZEQUIEL LAVEZZIT

he build-up to the first leg was overshadowed by the news Terry had been ruled out for up to six weeks. But the Chelsea captain, who was badly missed in Naples, made an incredible recovery and is set to start tonight. Two-goal Lavezzi tormented the Blues three weeks ago and could easily have had a hat-trick. Arguably the star of Napoli's much-vaunted attacking trio, keeping him quiet will be crucial.

RAMIRES v GOKHAN INLER

Ramires has provided the energy in an otherwise lethargic Chelsea midfield this season. But while his direct running can be devastating, his passing often lets him down. Inler and Walter Gargano provide Napoli's midfield steel. Also a goal threat, Switzerland international Inler made his mark on Bastian Schweinsteiger during the group stage, leaving the Bayern Munich star with a broken a collarbone.

DIDIER DROGBA v PAOLO CANNAVARO

Drogba scored his 100th Premier League goal on Saturday - a day before his 34th birthday - to prove he is still the main man at Stamford Bridge. The striker almost single-handedly carried Chelsea into the knockout stage with a virtuoso performance against Valencia. Cannavaro had the last laugh in Naples after his miscued header set up Juan Mata for the opening goal. The younger brother of Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, Paolo is not in the same class as his brother and neither are his defensive team-mates.

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