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Team News: Olivier Giroud leads Chelsea line at Camp Nou

Team News: Giroud leads Chelsea line at Camp Nou
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Olivier Giroud will lead the Chelsea line in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona.

Olivier Giroud has been picked to lead the Chelsea line in Wednesday night's Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona.

Blues boss Antonio Conte started the first leg at Stamford Bridge - which finished 1-1 - with a false nine, but January arrival Giroud has been chosen to start in the centre-forward position tonight, leaving Alvaro Morata on the bench.

German defender Antonio Rudiger also returns from injury to start for the visitors, while Pedro is only on the bench on his return to Camp Nou.

As for Barcelona, Andres Iniesta has shaken off a hamstring problem to start, while Lionel Messi returns to the team following a short time off due to the birth of his third child.

Ousmane Dembele is also handed a start in a wide area as Paulinho drops to the bench.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Dembele, Suarez, Messi
Subs: Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne, Gomes, Vidal, Vermaelen

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Hazard, Giroud, Willian
Subs: Caballero, Morata, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Cahill, Emerson

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Olivier Giroud in action during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Crystal Palace on March 10, 2018
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2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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