Chelsea will look to bounce back from its first defeat of the Premier League season when it hosts Marseille in the second round of matches in the Champions League.
The English champions’ 100 percent start to the campaign ended when they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City, following on from their surprise 4-3 home defeat to Newcastle in the League Cup.
Chelsea won its first game in Group F of the Champions League – 4-1 at Zilina two weeks ago – but plays a Marseille side that has restored confidence with successive wins in the French league.
The London club is also missing two of its key players, with midfielder Frank Lampard still out as he continues his slow recovery from hernia surgery and striker Didier Drogba completing his two-match European suspension.
"I haven’t asked the players for a reaction. We just have to play our football," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "We have to pay attention and get the points from this game. It is an important game for us to go to the top of the group."
Marseille lost its opening group game to Spartak Moscow but has beaten Arles and Sochaux in its last two matches in the defense of its French league title.
"Marseille is a good team, with good organization. They use attacking play and they are quick," Ancelotti said. "My players will know everything about the opponent but the most important thing is our play. If we play our best, we will win."
With wide players Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun also on the Chelsea injury list, Marseille striker Loic Remy fancies his side’s chances at Stamford Bridge.
"These are factors that can tip the balance our way. Nothing’s for sure in football, maybe Chelsea are better than us on paper, but the team that wants it the most will win," Remy said.
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps says he will send his team out with orders to attack Chelsea, which has conceded just two league goals in six matches this season.
"We won’t be happy just to defend and to see how things go, as that’s the surest way to concede a goal and lose the game," Deschamps said. "We’ve got options in attack, so I want the players to really think about causing them problems."
With Deschamps having no fresh injury problems, Remy is set to partner France international Andre-Pierre Gignac up front, while Stephane M’Bia should retain his place at center back after returning from injury.
Ancelotti, who is looking to guide Chelsea to a first Champions League title, said he was likely to start with either Gael Kakuta or Daniel Sturridge on the right of a three-pronged attack led by Nicolas Anelka.