Chelsea names squad as Champions League defence begins Updated September 5, 2012, 12:05 pm

Chelsea have named their 22-man squad for this season's Champions League campaign.

The reigning European champions have been drawn in Group E alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland with their first fixture against the Italians on September 19.

Notable omissions from Roberto Di Matteo's roster include Florent Malouda, Michael Essien (who has been loaned to Real Madrid) and goalkeeper Hilario.

Chelsea squad for 2012/13 Champions League


Petr Cech Ross Turnbull


Branislav Ivanovic Ashley Cole David Luiz Paulo Ferreira Gary Cahill David Luiz Cesar Azpilicueta Ryan Bertrand


Oriol Romeu Ramires Frank Lampard Juan Mata Oscar John Obi Mikel Victor Moses Eden Hazard


Fernando Torres Marko Marin Daniel Sturridge Lucas Piazon

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