Despite some vital off-field upheavals, Chelsea will be sure that to hold their heads down and get the job performed once they journey to Lille within the Champions League’s 16 second spherical on Wednesday.
The homeowners are accountable for the match after comfortably sending the Ligue 1 champions 2-0 in the primary match at the top of February – a lifetime in the past as a result of Roman Abramovich has since put the membership up on the market and acquired sanctions towards him from the British authorities after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel has joked that he himself will drive his facet to the north of France if the measures make journey not possible. Here’s who might be on the airplane / minibus …
Thiago Silva Should Return / Alex Livesey / GettyImages
Edouard Mendy (GK) – The solely certainty when making an attempt to foretell a Chelsea line-up beneath Tuchel (until it is a home cup match).
Andreas Christensen (CB) – The simply match Dane has been given minutes recently regardless of approaching a transfer to Barcelona.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Gets to relaxation towards Newcastle this weekend. The unbelievable Brazilian ought to rotate again right here after dominating the primary leg.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – In line for his fiftieth look in UEFA’s membership competitors.
Mateo Kovacic Should Rotate Back In / Matthew Ashton – AMA / GettyImages
Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) – Should get better from an sickness to start out right here. Chelsea are very brief on the appropriate again with Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi each away.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – Given the process, Kante will likely be essential in breaking apart the recreation and bringing Chelsea ahead every time doable.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – The Croatian ought to rotate in for Jorginho, together with his expertise maybe higher suited to appear to be the draw with the Blues in full management.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – Returned to the bench this weekend after recovering from Covid-19. Should be in adequate form to start out right here.
Romelu Lukaku has been affected person recently / Michael Regan / GettyImages
Hakim Ziyech (RF) – The Moroccan was bang in form earlier than a minor harm in the primary leg. Made a comeback towards Newcastle and nonetheless seemed good.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – Kai Havertz is in the shape of his Chelsea profession thus far, however given Chelsea’s consolation place within the match, it may possibly be a superb alternative to offer Lukaku a begin and get him kicked.
Christian Pulisic (LF) – Had been more and more influential earlier than an sickness. Came from the bench towards Newcastle and must be in line to start out in France.
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