Good afternoon all and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea’s Champions League group stage opener against Zenit at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues go into this year’s European competition as reigning champions. Their task is to retain the crown, something only Real Madrid have done in the Champions League era.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been drawn into Group H and their biggest challenger for top spot, at least on paper, are Italian giants Juventus.
Zenit, tonight’s opponents, will not be easy to swat aside, and nor will Swedish club Malmo.
Chelsea have two players ruled out of tonight’s contest. N’Golo Kante is back in training having recovered from an ankle injury reaggravated before the international break, but Tuchel confirmed yesterday the French star will not be risked against Zenit.
Christian Pulisic will also be absent as the USMNT star is currently nursing an ankle problem sustained on international duty. There is an outside chance he is available for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
As always, we’ll have full coverage of tonight’s game, which kicks off at 8pm UK time.
Our Chelsea correspondents Adam Newson and Sam Inkersole are at the game at Stamford Bridge and will detail all the action from inside the stadium, the reaction from the supporters, and plenty more throughout the 90 minutes.
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