Ajokeonifaari will be covering another intriguing UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Chelsea and Lille.
The Champions of Europe will continue their quest to recapture the UEFA Champions League crown that they won last season, thanks to management changes made after Frank Lampard was fired due to a bad run of form in which he easily qualified for the round of 16 before being terminated by the board.
PREVIEW OF THE MATCHDAY BETWEEN CHELSEA AND LILLE
This match will not be easy for either team given how well they performed coming out of the group stages, with the French team finishing first and the English team finishing second despite starting strong but unable to overcome Juventus who finished first after all of their matches.
Chelsea Vs Lille Matchday Preview: The last time these two clubs met was in the 2019 UEFA Champions League group stages, when the World Champions won both legs by the identical 2-1 score, as the Ligue One side had no chance in both matches, which may have been more throughout that season.
Lille come into this match with a 0-0 draw against Metz in the League. It wasn’t a good day at home for Lille in that match, as they struggled to create chances going forward while the visitors did everything they could to prevent them from scoring, and the game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.
INJURY UPDATE FOR CHELSEA VS LILLE
Thomas Tuchel provided an injury update regarding Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Callum Hudson Odoi ahead of Chelsea’s match against Lille.
What the manager had to say:
“We’re working hard to get them ready for Tuesday. Azpi is dealing with groin issues and felt soreness in the last action of Thursday’s practice.
“Callum gave it his all in training on Friday, although he was bothered by Achilles soreness. It’s a small amount of irritation, yet the agony was excruciating.
CHELSEA VS LILLE XI AND FORMATION
Edouard Mendy; Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; NGolo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner.
KICK-OFF TIME FOR CHELSEA VS LILLE
This match between Chelsea and Lille will take place at Stamford Bridge at 21:00 UK time and 9PM Nigeria time.