UCL nights are back again with the round of 16 knockout games and this time we are having Chelsea vs Lille.
Chelsea will host Lille in the first leg of the round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.
The defending champions finished second in their group behind Juventus and were found by Lille.Chelsea got Lille as their opponent written in heavens as even after the re-draw this matchup remained the same.
Chelsea would be hoping to win this tie.
As Chelsea have won their last 5 matches.But, things aren’t as clear. Chelsea are scrapping their results out and are just holding on for victory. This has been their situation in Premier League, FA Cup and Club World Cup which they won recently.
Due to the unavailability of both frontline full backs Chelsea are suffering and it is visible.
Lille are the travelling team and have released the squad list.
Their squad includes Burak Yilmaz, J. David, veteran Ben Arfa and Portuguese young talented midfielder Renato Sanchez.
Chelsea has not released their squad list at the moment when this post is being written.But,Edu Mendy, Hakim Ziyech, Pulisic, Werner,Kovacic and Jorginho are all predicted to start the game.
Lille are the defending League1 champions but this season they are on the middle of the table(11) and things have been difficult this season for them after their league winning manager’s departure.
They also took a beating from PSG a few matchweeks ago.
But, this could be the time for Lille to prove their worth in the UCL as Chelsea are vulnerable at the moment.
For Chelsea this tie won’t be as easy as it is seeming on the paper.Chelsea will have to exploit the wings and without their main full backs this could prove to be a difficult task.Marco Alonso can be useful in the atta king sense but he won’t be a good option to defend.
Overall, this could be an interesting match and both the teams would be hoping to get something out of this leg.
Chelsea might have the home advantage, but it won’t be an easy job for them.
Chelsea vs Lille : UCL ROUND OF 16.