Chelsea travel to Romania to try and earn their first win in Champions League group play. Steaua Bucuresti is also looking for their first win in group play. Leading up to this match up was a little controversy stirred up by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
After barely using Juan Mata in the beginning of the season, Mourinho decided to start him in this Champions League match up. He also told Kevin de Bruyne he could stay at home.
“This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata,” Mourinho said, via ESPN FC. “You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne.
“So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing.
“He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and 18 can be selected. I try to decide by what they do on the pitch when they play and what they do in training.
“I try to be honest with Juan and say that he’s going to play tomorrow, because of what he did in training and because of what he did in the matches he played. With Kevin it’s the same. He’s not selected because I didn’t like the match he played against Swindon and I didn’t like the way he was training.
“But you have this tendency to only ask about the guys that are not selected.
“See you tomorrow.”
Date: October 1
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Stadium: Stadionul Ghencea
TV Info: FOX Sports 2
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC Channel 94
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go