Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Zenit St. Peterburg
The champions of Europe begin the defence of their crown as they welcome Russian side Zenit to Stamford Bridge tonight.
Little more than three months after Chelsea claimed their second Champions League crown thanks to Kai Havertz’s winner against Manchester City in Porto, the Blues are back in European action as they start their group stage campaign in front of a home crowd.
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Thomas Tuchel’s side are among the favourites to lift the trophy come the end of the season, the German having transformed the club’s form after replacing Frank Lampard midway through last season, and then strengthened again this summer with the re-signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
With Italian giants Juventus lying in wait in Group H, Tuchel’s men will be desperate to get off to a winning start to set the early pace in the race to reach the last-16.
Chelsea 1-0 Zenit St. Peterburg Highlights
Kante will not be risked for Chelsea’s Champions League opener against Zenit tonight – but is expected to face Tottenham at the weekend.
The France international is back in training after suffering an ankle injury against Liverpool before the international break. It ruled him out of playing for his country – and saw him miss Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Aston Villa at the weekend.
The 30-year-old will now be given chance to prove he has fully recovered ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Spurs.
Chelsea vs Zenit Line-up
Chelsea starting team: (3-4-2-1) Mendy, Christensen, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso, Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Zenit
TV channel: The match will be televised on SuperSport football with coverage starting at 5pm BST.
Live stream: The match will be able to watch on online via SuperSport website and you can only watch as a subscriber or DSTV customer.