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According to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and defender Antonio Rudiger must start against Porto on Wednesday night.
Both players were dropped to the bench for Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
According to Nevin, Mount needs to start because Chelsea need to play with high intensity from the start against Porto while Chelsea need Rudiger’s intense defending style.
Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “More than anything else we need increased energy levels from the start of the game against Porto. If he is fit, I cannot imagine Mason Mount starting on the bench this time and that should certainly help.
“There is also the age-old line about sometimes looking a better player when you are sitting on the bench during a bad defeat. Again if fit, it is hard to imagine Toni Rudiger not coming into the back line somewhere for tomorrow as his intense defending style was sorely missed.
“There could be plenty of changes to the starting 11, but the biggest change will be in the level of performance.
“With the world’s most desired club trophy to play for, there can be no doubt we will be up for it this time. Hopefully with our mean defence back at work after a rare day off.”