Chelsea Set To Battle Lille For UCL Second Round Place

By Daily Sports on December 10, 2019

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Chelsea head into Tuesday night's Champions League meeting with Lille knowing that victory is required in order to reach the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, after failing to win any of their five matches, Lille make the trip to Stamford Bridge having already finished in bottom spot in Group H.

After witnessing his team lose three of their last five matches in all competitions, Frank Lampard is aware that his team have reached a stage where they must start to deliver an improved period of results and performances.

While Lampard heaped praise on his side after their win over Aston Villa last Wednesday, the Englishman was equally disappointed with how his team succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Regardless of how Chelsea fare against Lille, Lampard is looking for his players to show signs of progress, especially at the back where they continue to concede soft goals.

The Blues remain with just four clean sheets from 24 outings, and they will always risk undermining their efforts at the other end of the pitch until they stop making individual and collective mistakes in their own defensive third.

Despite the capitulation at Goodison Park, Chelsea remain as clear favourites to get the result they need on Tuesday, although they face Lille at a time when Christophe Galtier's team are beginning to show their true capabilities.

Three successive triumphs - all by a 1-0 scoreline - have helped move Lille back into contention for second place behind runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

While there will be a tinge of disappointment that goals are proving harder to come by, Galtier will be delighted with the character of his squad after their poor performances in Europe.

That said, striker Victor Osimhen has netted twice during those recent successes, taking his overall tally for the season to 11 goals from 21 outings in all competitions. (Sports Mole)

•PHOTO:  Chelsea players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 10, 2019


 

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