A must win game!
Chelsea take on Lille at home for what is a must win game for the London club if we want to keep qualification in our own hands. Chelsea go into this game 3rd in the table level on points with Valencia who are 2nd and 2 points behind Ajax who are 1st. If Chelsea win then whatever happens in the other game will not matter because we will qualify. If Chelsea draw this game then we would need Valencia to lose for us to qualify and a loss would see us qualify if Valencia lost by a bigger margin than us. To keep it in our own hands though a win is a must and also key because of our recent form.
Lille have nothing to fight for expect pride as they only have 1 point in the group. Lille have won their last three games since MD 5 all by a goal to nil as they sit 3rd in Ligue 1. Les Douges have picked up form in recent weeks and while they have not won any games in the Champions League they have fought well in each of their losses. The reverse fixture was a 1-2 win for Chelsea as Michy came off the bench for a late winner. Chelsea had gone into that game searching for an upturn in form and it is similar for this game as well as we need to bounce back from our recent losses.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea will be without Tomori, and Pedro for this game but have Rudiger back in what seems like a big boost. Our defence has been a major issue this season and we need an experienced player to keep it tight. Kepa should start in goal, Emerson, and Reece James should be our two full backs with Zouma and Rudiger in the centre. Jorginho should return to the lineup with Kovacic, and Kante playing further forward. Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi should be our two wingers with Abraham starting up front. Lille have a pacy team and so the key is to counter that with pace of our own and a midfield that can dominate theirs. Mount might start but Kante and Kovacic should provide ample threat going forward.
Starting XI Prediction
A must win not just for the Champions League but as overall moral booster as well! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!