Hello and welcome for the live coverage of Chelsea’s final Champions League group stage game, which sees them face off against Russian champions Zenit.
The Blues have already secured their place in the knockout phase and know that a victory tonight will guarantee first place in Group H, regardless of Juventus’ situation against MalmÃ¶.
However, Thomas Tuchel does not have a full squad to select his starting XI. Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante are all excluded from the match due to injury and Covid-19.
The Chelsea head coach has already said there will be a rotation on his side given the busy fixtures schedule. “Short message: There is a huge chance that we are resting some players,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
âAnd maybe, more importantly, we give some players the load that needs it, give them minutes and pace. Decisions will be made tomorrow, but there’s a huge chance that it will. [resting players]. “
Tonight’s game at Gazprom Arena kicks off at 5:45 p.m. UK time and will be televised live on BT Sport. However, for all the preparation, coverage, reaction and much more, be sure to stick with us throughout the evening as we have our Chelsea pen pals Adam Newson and Sam Inkersole on hand.
Live updates will appear below before, during, and after the game.