Chelsea face potential Champions League blow after Premier League decision on Newcastle clash
Chelsea’s Premier League home match with Newcastle United has been rescheduled after the latest television selections were announced on Wednesday. The Blues were set to host the Magpies at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, March 12 during the final third of the 2021/22 season. infoguidenigeria
The fixture will now take place on the following day though, with the game scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports. Kick-off is set for 2pm GMT. Whilst Chelsea are certainly no strangers to having had their fixtures rearranged due to television coverage, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is likely to be frustrated with the latest selection.
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With the game now set to take place a day later, it gives Chelsea less time to prepare for their Champions League clash with Lille the following week.
The reigning European champions travel to France to take on the French outfit in the second leg of their last-16 meeting. The pair are set to meet on Wednesday, March 16 – with the Blues’ preparation time now set to be reduced dramatically with the rearrangement of their fixture against Newcastle. jamb result
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Considering that Chelsea have to recover and then travel to France, it is certainly not an ideal situation to be in.
Tuchel’s men will then hope they have already taken a significant step towards the quarter-finals, with the first-leg set to take place on February 22.
The latest round of television fixture selections comes on a day where there have been plenty of announcements from the Premier League regarding matchday protocol.
Decisions have already been made on potential fixture postponements in the wake of Covid-19 outbreaks at clubs, whilst fans have also been affected by the call to abolish the need for Covid passes to enter top-flight stadia.
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