The long, excruciating wait is over as the Champions League returns to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Sevilla FC in a 20:00 hours kick-off.
Chelsea bowed out of last season’s campaign in disappointing fashion to the eventual-champions, Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. With the squad having undergone a major overhaul in all areas, expectations are as high as ever from the 2011-12 CL winners.
Julen Lopetegui’s side were crowned champions of the Europa League last season courtesy of a 3-2 win over Inter. Sevilla suffered their first La Liga defeat on Saturday since February when they were beaten 1-0 by Granada. They’ve had a mixed start to the new campaign and sit in 10th in the La Liga table. The same can be said for the London outfit, which calls for a cracking encounter, the first ever in the Champions League between the two sides.
Sevilla will be without French center-half Jules Kounde who remains injured. They are facing no other major injury concerns.
Luuk de Jong, who found the net in the Europa League semi-final and final in August, and Lucas Ocampos, who netted an 88th minute winner against Wolves in the last eight, were half-time substitutes at the weekend but could start from the off on Tuesday.
PREVIOUS RESULTS (ALL COMPETITIONS)
17 Oct Granada 1 Sevilla 0 L
4 Oct Barcelona 1 Sevilla 1 D
1 Oct Sevilla 1 Levante 0 W
27 Sep Cadiz 1 Sevilla 3 W
24 Sep Bayern Munich 2 Sevilla 1 L