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Chelsea FC x SL Benfica Squad List - 02 April 2012

Jorge Jesus will take 22 players to London tomorrow as Benfica face Chelsea in the second-leg of the Champions League Quarter-Final in London on Wednesday.

The «encarnados» take with them a one-nil deficit and face an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League semi-final.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus will be without injured central defenders Garay, Jardel and Miguel Vítor and may opt to partner defensive midfielder Javi García or left-back Emerson with captain Luisão. Portuguese youngsters Luís Martins, André Almeida and Rúben Pinto will travel with the squad tomorrow morning.

Press conference with Jorge Jesus plus player is scheduled for 18:15 BST and half hour later the team will undergo pitch adaptation training in Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea FC vs SL Benfica kicks-off Wednesday 4th April 19:45 BST.

The 22 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Artur Moraes, Eduardo and Mika
Defenders: Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Luís Martins, Emerson and Capdevila
Midfielders: Matic, Javi García, Bruno César, Nolito, Pablo Aimar, Gaitán, Rúben Pinto, André Almeida, Witsel and Yannick Djaló
Forwards: Cardozo, Saviola, Nélson Oliveira and Rodrigo




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