Chelsea’s mission to retain the Champions League sees the Premier League side take on Lille this evening, as the Blues look to finish the job against the French champions.
Chelsea, whose ownership has given rise to numerous questions and problems this week, defeated Lille 2-0 in the first leg of this last-16 tie, positioning Thomas Tuchel’s men well to advance to the quarter-finals.
Lille vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League team news, line-ups and more tonight
The defending champions have looked largely assured on the pitch amid uncertainty off it, winning their last four games. Their most recent outing was a 1-0 win against Newcastle, with Kai Havertz striking in the 89th minute to seal all three points.
What is the team news?
For Lille, Benjamin Andre will likely have recovered from illness in time to feature, while Renato Sanches will miss out after sustaining a thigh injury against Saint-Etienne.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James remain out for Chelsea, but fellow defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva could return – the former having been ill recently. Callum Hudson-Odoi is not expected to be involved, due to an ongoing Achilles issue.
Lille XI: Jardim, Zeki Çelik, Fonte, Botman, Djalo, Bamba, Andre, Xeka, Gudmundsson, Yılmaz, David
Chelsea XI to face Lille: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho Kovacic, Alonso; Pulisic, Havertz
Lille – 16/5
Draw – 13/5
Chelsea – 20/23
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