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Eto'o on the bench as Mourinho gives Torres the nod

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Samuel Eto'o does not start for Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie with Galatasaray following Jose Mourinho's recent suggestion that his team lack a striker, but Fernando Torres leads the line in Istanbul.

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Eto'o reacted angrily over his manager's comments - in which Mourinho also joked about not knowing Eto'o's age - and spoke to Cameroon coach Claude Le Roy over the situation. He has to settle for a place on the bench, as does Oscar.

Unsurprisingly, Didier Drogba has been picked to start against his former club by Galatasarary boss Roberto Mancini. Wesley Sneijder - who Chelsea have often been linked with - plays, as does Emmanuel Eboue.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles, Selçuk, Melo, Burak, Sneijder, Hajrovic, Drogba

Subs: Ufuk Ceylan, Semih, Sabri, Ceyhun, Yekta, Emre, Umut

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Lampard, Willian, Schurrle, Hazard, Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Oscar, Mikel, Ba, Eto'o

Meanwhile, in Wednesday's other tie, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid's starting line-up in their tie at FC Schalke. Gareth Bale also plays, while Julian Draxler starts for the home side.

FC Schalke: Fährmann, Höwedes, Matip, Santana, Kolasinac, Boateng, Neustädter, Farfan, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di María.

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