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UEFA Champions League Gameweek 1
Sep 14, 2021 KO: 19:00

Chelsea - Zenit

Stamford Bridge London
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski
Lukaku 69'  

Match preview

Lukaku’s Chelsea UCL debut – How Chelsea could line up against Zenit

Romelu Lukaku will finally make his first appearance in the Champions League for Chelsea in their group stage opener.

Over 10 years on from the day he first signed for the club, Romelu Lukaku will finally pull on a Chelsea shirt on a Champions League night when the defending champions host Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday night.

The Belgian featured in the Super Cup in 2012 but never made another European appearance before moving on with Everton, Manchester United and Inter.

The 28-year-old has started in blistering form in the Premier League with three goals in as many games and he will be looking to carry that form into midweek action.

Thomas Tuchel could opt to make a change in goal, bringing in Kepa Arrizabalaga for European games in place of Edouard Mendy.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen could come back into the side in defence, but youngster Trevoh Chalobah could make a Champions League debut of his own in order to give Antonio Rudiger a rest.

Saul was disappointing on his Chelsea debut at the weekend and was hooked at half-time, with his replacement Jorginho likely to come in from the start on this occasion.

Matteo Kovacic was superb in the win against Aston Villa with a goal and assist and should keep his place in Ngolo Kante’s absence.

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Reece James was suspended for that clash and should come back in at right-wing back, with Ben Chilwell potentially getting an opportunity on the left ahead of Marcos Alonso.

Timo Werner and Mason Mount were both on the bench in the league and could be promoted to the starting XI instead of Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.

That will leave them in support of Lukaku who will be eager to get off the mark for the Blues with a first Champions League winner’s medal in his sights come season’s end.

Chelsea starting XI versus Zenit

Chelsea - Football tactics and formations

Recent Ratings

Next Game

86
Chelsea
VS
79
Zenit
  Average Match Rating  
6.6
  Home  
7.7
6.8
  Away  
6.9
6.7
  Total  
7.2

Match statistics

Chelsea
Statistics
Zenit
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
13
13
Draws
3
5
Losses
4
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
29
53
Goals Per Game
1.45
2.65
More > 2.5 Goals
6
15
More > 3 Goals
1
11
Scored First in a Match
14
13
Scored Both Halves
6
9
Won More > 1 Goal
7
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
11
21
Did Not Score
4
1
Both Teams Scored
7
14
Kept Clean Sheet
10
6
Won Without Conceding
9
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
742
709
Possession
54
59
Passes
556
532
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
18
Shots on Target
4.75
7.74
Goals out of Shots
0.12
0.15
Crosses
16
24
Offsides
3.06
1.79
Penalties
0.05
0.25
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.50
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
16
13
Interceptions
8.20
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
15
16
Total Shots Conceded
9.40
12
Shots on Target Conceded
3.05
3.95
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
8.84
Yellow Cards
1.30
1.50
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

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