The UEFA Champions League is back on Tuesday with two excellent days of soccer to look forward to with the reverse of the most recent slate a fortnight ago as the group phase passes the halfway stage.
Bayern Munich vs. Benfica, Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax, Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig vs. Paris Saint-Germain are all good candidates for the top match and promise plenty of excitement.
the two European kick-off times, Thomas Tuchel’s side will square off against their Swedish opposition from 5.45pm GMT and, while the reverse fixture proved to be a routine win for Chelsea, go into the tie needing three points.
Indeed, Zenit St Petersburg are only three points behind them heading into round three in the group stages and, although they face a tricky tie away at leaders Juventus (albeit an out-of-form form one), Tuchel could certainly do with the breathing space a win would provide.
Mason Mount missed the win over Newcastle on Saturday through illness and it is unclear how long the England midfielder will be out for, although Tuchel seemed to suggest it wasn’t overly serious and not Covid-related.
Mateo Kovacic recently picked up a hamstring injury and joins Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines.
Christian Pulisic could play some part after recovering from an ankle injury, or else be held back with Burnley in mind on Saturday.