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David Luiz Starts In Midfield Against Chelsea

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc took a gamble on Tuesday by selecting David Luiz in midfield for the Champions League last 16, first leg against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes.
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The Brazilian, who scored an own-goal as a Chelsea player in a 3-1 win for PSG when the clubs met in the French capital in the first leg of the quarterfinals last season, steps forward from his usual position in central defence.
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He will play in the holding role with both Thiago Motta and Yohan Cabaye missing due to injury, with Blanc gambling on the fitness of Marquinhos.
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The young defender partners Thiago Silva at the back just three days after coming off injured against Caen in a 2-2 draw in Ligue 1.
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There are fewer surprises in the Chelsea line-up with Blues manager Jose Mourinho having a near full-strength squad at his disposal, barring the injured John Obi Mikel.
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Gary Cahill is preferred to Frenchman Kurt Zouma in central defence alongside captain John Terry while Thibaut Courtois, as expected, gets the nod in goal ahead of Petr Cech.
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Diego Costa leads the line on his first appearance since the end of January after serving a three-game domestic ban.

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