The champions of Europe begin the defence of their crown as they welcome Russian side Zenit to Stamford Bridge tonight.
Little more than three months after Chelsea claimed their second Champions League crown thanks to Kai Havertz’s winner against Manchester City in Porto, the Blues are back in European action as they start their group stage campaign in front of a home crowd.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are among the favourites to lift the trophy come the end of the season, the German having transformed the club’s form after replacing Frank Lampard midway through last season, and then strengthened again this summer with the re-signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
With Italian giants Juventus lying in wait in Group H, Tuchel’s men will be desperate to get off to a winning start to set the early pace in the race to reach the last-16.
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Chelsea team news
Chelsea remain without American winger Christian Pulisic because of an ankle injury, while N’Golo Kante is also missing with the same injury although Thomas Tuchel says the midfielder is in line to return against Tottenham on Sunday.
Jorginho is expected to return in midfield having started on the bench against Aston Villa, with Saul Niguez perhaps most likely to lose his place after a difficult debut.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League group stage clash between Chelsea and Zenit St Petersburg.
We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of an 8pm kick-off…