ANCELOTTI SHOWS HIS HAND
Carlo Ancelotti has not only named his side early for tonight's Carling Cup meeting with Bolton, but the full substitutes' bench is known as well.
In a break from the norm, the manager has gone public before the team sheets are handed in to the referee.
His starting 11 has Hilario in a goal; a defence of Juliano Belletti, Alex, Branislav Ivanovic and Paulo Ferreira; in midfield Michael Ballack, Deco, Florent Malouda and Joe Cole, and up front, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge.
The subs are: Ross Turnbull, Jeffrey Bruma, Nemanja Matic, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Fabio Borini and Didier Drogba.
The selection means regular starters Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are not joining John Terry and Nicolas Anelka in having a complete rest from involvement, but over the course of the whole season the plan is to control their level of activity.
'If I have the possibility to give rest to all the players who also have to play in their national teams, it is better,' Ancelotti explains.
'In this moment Terry and Anelka are in a very good condition and we want to maintain this condition. They want to play every game but in the season, for them and for the team, it is better sometimes to rest. It depends on injuries but if we have a squad without injury, you can give the players some rest.
'This is the difference from 20 years ago when I played,' he continues. 'That was work, work, work, every day, every day - then fatigue!
'Now the system has changed because you have to work hard with intensity but also it is important to give the players rest to prevent injury. This is our way. We used this in Milan but also in Chelsea this has been the idea in the last few years. When I arrived here I found a very good situation about this.'
There has been no resistance from someone like Frank Lampard, so used to starting almost every game, to the idea of being on the bench tonight.
'He knows very well it is important for him to give recovery sometimes to his body. He is not a young player.
Tonight will be the Italian's second taste of English domestic cup football following the third round win over QPR - and so far he has enjoyed the experience.
'In Italy, the Italian Cup is not interesting for the fans, and in the stadium was only a few thousand people. Today we will have a full stadium. The Italian Cup is not important in Italy. Here we have both the FA Cup and Carling Cup. It is different.'
Chelsea TV will show the full game at midnight with build-up beginning at 6pm.