Chelsea can take a big step toward securing their place in the Champions League knockout stage by defeating AC Milan at San Siro this evening
Graham Potter has made six changes to his Chelsea side for tonight’s Champions League group-stage clash against AC Milan at San Siro this evening – but the team that starts is almost identical to that which lined up at Stamford Bridge last week.
Chelsea can take a big step toward securing their place in the knockout stages with a victory this evening. Yet the most important thing is avoiding defeat and leaving their Champions League fate out of their own hands.
Kepa Arrizabalga begins in goal for the Blues once again. The Spaniard has started every match overseen by Potter since his arrival and appears to have earned the No. 1 jersey ahead of Edouard Mendy. The Senegal international is on the substitutes’ bench for tonight’s game.
There is no Wesley Fofana due to the knee injury he suffered in the 3-0 victory over Milan last week. He is replaced in the back three by Trevoh Chalobah. Thiago Silva returns to face his former club and will be deployed in the middle of the defence with Kalidou Koulibaly on the left.
Reece James, who registered a goal and assist last week in addition to shutting down Rafael Leao, is deployed at right wing-back and Ben Chilwell, who didn’t feature against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, comes back into the side at left wing-back.
Jorginho starts in midfield and is partnered by Mateo Kovacic. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was impressive against Milan a week ago, is among the substitutes.
It’s no surprise that Mason Mount keeps his place in the starting XI given he claimed two assists at the weekend. Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang complete the attack and both should be fresh having not featured against Wolves.
Chelsea: Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling
Chelsea substitutes: Bettinelli, Mendy, Azpilicueta, Cucurella, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek, Zakaria, Chukwuemeka, Havertz, Pulisic, Broja,