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Ivanovic lines up in central defence for Chelsea

17 February 2016, 07:50

Paris - Branislav Ivanovic partners Gary Cahill in the centre of a reshuffled Chelsea defence for their Champions League last 16, first leg away to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

With captain John Terry ruled out and Kurt Zouma sidelined for the season, Ivanovic moves inside from his usual berth at right-back and wears the captain's armband for the game at the Parc des Princes.

Cesar Azpilicueta shifts across to right-back and Baba Rahman lines up on the left.

In midfield, the absence of Nemanja Matic due to suspension means Cesc Fabregas will start a little deeper alongside John Obi Mikel.

Marco Verratti makes his first start in a month after injury for Paris Saint-Germain, although coach Laurent Blanc insisted on Monday that the little Italian did not have a full 90 minutes in him.

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Marquinhos lines up at right-back after Serge Aurier, a regular starter in that position, was suspended indefinitely by the club for insulting Blanc and several of his team-mates in a video on social media.

This is the third consecutive season that the sides have met in the competition, with Chelsea winning on away goals in the 2014 quarter-finals and PSG triumphing in the same fashion in the last 16 a year ago.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League last 16, first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (kick-off 1945 GMT):

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3): Trapp; Marquinhos, Silva (c), Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas

Coach: Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa

Coach: Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)



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