Zenit vs Chelsea LIVE: Team news, Champions League squad and more tonight


Chelsea during training before facing Zenit

Chelsea will end Champions League group campaign with a trip to Russia and an away game against Zenit on Wednesday night, still need a result to confirm their status as group winners. The Blues must play in St Petersburg with a result Juventus earned at home against Malmo to ensure they are on top and ahead of the Italian side in head-to-head record, thereby giving Thomas Tuchelseed state inside the last 16.

At Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, Romelu Lukaku’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win for the Premier League outfit; They recently went on a 10-game winning streak in 12 games, but defeat to West Ham at the weekend means they also have just one win in their last three in all competitions. Tuchel will find a way back to winning ways and says his team can do so without N’Golo Kante: “He’s Superman, he’s the difference-maker, the guy everyone in the world wants in their midfield,” said the manager. “And we miss him, for a long time. Can we produce top results and performances without N’Golo? Yes, we can, and we’ve proven it. “

Zenit is already guaranteed to be third in Group H regardless of tonight’s results. Follow Zenit vs Chelsea match updates below:


Zenit vs Chelsea: Zenit is unbeaten at home against English teams

Zenit St Petersburg are hoping for a third straight home win in a European tie against an English side.

Their previous wins were a 1–0 win over Bradford City in the Intertoto Cup in July 2000 and a 2–0 win over Liverpool in the Europa League in February 2013.

Can they get three goals against the Blues tonight?

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:25


Zenit vs Chelsea: Mateo Kovacic: Chelsea midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19

Thomas Tuchel Confirmed that Kovacic, who has returned to full training after suffering a hamstring injury in October, tested positive this morning.

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:22


Zenit vs Chelsea: Tuchel on Chelsea’s resilience

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are hoping for a winning return tonight after a 3-2 loss to West Ham at the weekend. He believes no major changes are needed for the team but that his players have to sharpen and improve on the smaller details. He say:

As I said after the game and as we analyze the data and performance, I don’t think the big questions need to be asked right now,

“We need to enhance detail and execute detail to our standards. We need to do this at the highest level and do it non-stop.

“No matter what the outcome, the occasion, or how great the adversity. We have some spaces where we can improve in detail but that’s not the big picture at the moment.”

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:17


Zenit vs Chelsea: Loftus-Cheek ready to play his part

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has made 15 appearances for Chelsea this season and is looking for more opportunities to play for the Blues. With N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho tonight, Loftus-Cheek says he’s ready to go if he plays tonight:

There are a lot of good players. We could have a few injuries and I could be included. I must be ready and I am ready. I had to step up as an individual,

“I’m grateful to be healthy. I’m enjoying it a lot and it comes with different duties. I’m ready to go on the field and ready to play anywhere. I’m playing a lot. You You never know what football is like.”

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:14


Zenit vs Chelsea: Everyone scores

Chelsea had 14 different Champions League goalscorers under Thomas Tuchel; the most of any team in the league since his first game in February 2021.

The Blues’ top scorers during this period have scored twice each (Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Jorginho).

(Beautiful pictures)

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:11


Zenit vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel is confident Chelsea can cope without ‘Superman’ N’Golo Kante

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:05


Zenit vs Chelsea: Defense is key for the Blues

Chelsea go into tonight’s game with a ‘second string’ of three defenders, although highly experienced Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are pushing for a place in the first team, but 22-year-old Malang Sarr is still finding his way. to Chelsea.

They still have to have enough talent to keep Zenit on, though, as Chelsea are on a three-game winning streak in the Champions League without conceding a goal and could have a fourth straight win in a first for the competition.

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 17:00


Zenit vs Chelsea: Record-breaking victory

No English team has won in St Petersburg but Chelsea have fond memories of visiting Russia. They have won three of their previous visits to the country in this competition, most recently a 4-0 win at Krasnodar in October 2020.

(Beautiful pictures)

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 16:52


Zenit vs Chelsea: Last appearance

Zenit St Petersburg and Chelsea have only met in competitive matches once and that was back in September this year when the two sides clashed at Stamford Bridge in their first Champions League game of the season.

That’s right, Romelu Lukaku scored in the 69th minute after Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross headed the ball into the bottom left corner, giving the Blues a 1-0 win.

Traveling away from home with the knowledge that a place in the knockout stages is certain can be detrimental to Chelsea tonight – ask Manchester City, who lost to RB Leipzig last night but still qualified for the group. A.

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 16:47


Zenit vs Chelsea: Antonio Rudiger set to exit Chelsea with race to lead Real Madrid

Rudiger’s brother, Sahr Senesie, who is also his agent, met Madrid a few weeks ago to discuss possible terms, with an informal agreement between the parties understood to be in place. available, although nothing has been signed yet.

Michael JonesDecember 8, 2021 16:41 Zenit vs Chelsea LIVE: Team news, Champions League squad and more tonight


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