Chelsea faces Lille in the defense of the Champions League title
The English team Chelsea will host its French counterpart Lille, in the journey to preserve the Champions League title, at ten in the evening at Stamford Bridge, in the first leg of the 16th round of the continental competition.
The defending champion Chelsea enters today’s match, looking to win a big result in order to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament, before facing the return in France.
The Blues battalion, led by German Thomas Tuchel, is playing Lille with high morale after winning the Club World Cup for the first time in the club’s history, after defeating the Brazilian Palmeiras team with two goals against a goal, in the match that extended to two additional halves, as well as regaining victories in The English Premier League defeated its host Crystal Palace, with a clean goal, in the match that brought them together last Saturday evening at Selhurst Park.
Tuchel seeks to preserve with Chelsea the Champions League title for the second season in a row, especially since facing Lille, who is ranked tenth in the French League, may be easy on paper for the Blues.
Chelsea is also armed with its fans wishing to celebrate the Club World Cup title with the players, as the Lille clash will be the first against Stamford Bridge, the Blues stronghold, after winning the World Championship.
Chelsea were crowned champions of the last edition of the tournament after beating Manchester City in the final with a free goal, and then completed their European magic by winning the European Super Cup at the expense of Villarreal, before recently winning the Club World Cup.
While Chelsea is third in the English Premier League table with 5 points, it is far from achieving the title, with Manchester City leading with 63 points, and the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah occupying second place with 57 points.
On the other hand, the technical staff of the Lille team knows how difficult this match will be due to the strength of the opponent, but at the same time it seeks to achieve a positive result before returning home and working to kidnap the crossing ticket at home and among its fans during the second leg.