Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 7, 2013; Time: 6:00 PM GMT;
Venue: Arena Națională — București.
Romanian champions takes on Champions League holders. Steaua have lost just 5 of their last 20 European home matches. Rafa Benitez’s team travels to Romania after winning only 4 of their last 12 games on the road in Europe. Also, they will keep in mind a vital trip to Old Trafford.
Ciprian Tătăruşanu helped Steaua Bucureşti to eliminate Ajax on penalty shoot-outs. European champions Chelsea will try to progress through last-16, but in this first leg match they will keep an eye on FA Cup clash with Man Utd.
Steaua are at the top of Liga 1 table with 53 points from 21 games. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 1 loss and 3 straight wins. They had a lot of friendlies during their long winter break. Last five home games the Romanian side has finished with 4 wins and 1 defeat. They finished at the top of their Europa League group, above Stuttgart, Copenhagen and Molde. In the previous round they have overcome Ajax on penalties.
Chelsea goes 4th in the EPL standings with 52 points from 28 games. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 1 loss and 3 wins from last five games. Last five away matches Blues have finished with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. Chelsea won WBA 1-0 at the weekend. These two sides have never faced each other before. Also, from last 12 away games in the Europa and Champions League Chelsea have only 3 wins. In the last round of Europa League the Blues have passed Sparta Prague.
Chelsea will have a very important FA Cup quarter-final game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. So, Rafa Benitez could rotate his squad a give rest to his key players. They will definitely be without injured Yossi Benayoun and Oriol Romeu. John Terry also may not be risked with his knee problem. Fernando Torres is expected from the first minutes after Demba Ba’s goal-scoring match against WBA at the weekend. Ryan Bertrand will replace Ashley Cole.
Steaua have almost a full squad to choose from. Laurentiu Reghecampf’s team will try to continue their impressive run in the competition. Daniel Georgievski remains injured. Striker Adi Rocha could replace of Stefan Nikolic, while Cristian Tanase should play even with receiving a red card during the 3-0 win over Gaz Metan at the weekend.
Steaua line-up: C. Tătăruşanu, F. Gardoş, V. Chiricheş, C. Râpă, I. Latovlevici, A. Prepelita, A. Chipciu, C. Tănase, Adrian Popa, Adi, R. Rusescu.
Last three matches:
Steaua Bucureşti 2 – Ajax;
Ajax 2 – Steaua Bucureşti 0;
Copenhagen 1 – Steaua Bucureşti 1
Chelsea line-up: P. Čech, Azpilicueta, B. Ivanović, David Luiz, R. Bertrand, F. Lampard, Ramires, V. Moses, Oscar, Mata, Fernando Torres.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 1 – West Bromwich Albion 0;
Middlesbrough 0 – Chelsea FC 2;
Manchester City 2 – Chelsea FC 0.