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Chelsea vs LOSC Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, predicted line-ups, squad changes

Chelsea vs LOSC Champions League round of 16 preview: Where to watch, predicted line-ups, squad changes

Possible line-ups

Chelsea: Mendy; Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, Christensen; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulišić

LOSC: Jardim; Zeki Çelik, Fonte, Botman, Gudmundsson; Weah, André, Xeka, Bamba; Burak Yılmaz, DavidInformation Guide Nigeria

Form guide

Chelsea
Since Matchday 6 (all competitions, most recent first)
: WWWWWDLWWWDDWWDDW
Where they stand: 3rd in Premier League, FA Cup fifth round, League Cup final, Club World Cup winners

LOSC
Since Matchday 6
: DLLWDDWWD
Where they stand: 11th in Ligue 1

Other Top Football News:

Expert predictions

Andrew Haslam, Chelsea reporter
Chelsea have slipped off the pace at the top of the Premier League after five draws and two defeats in December and January, but Thomas Tuchel’s side have continued to excel in knockout competitions. Already in the English League Cup final and the last 16 of the FA Cup, earlier this month the Blues saw off Al Hilal and Palmeiras to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time. Goals have been the problem for the Champions League holders, but if Tuchel can figure out how to get more regular service from Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea will be a threat again.

Ian Holyman, LOSC reporter
LOSC fans will be relieved their team has found some semblance of form after a sticky start to their title defence. There is a concern over Jonathan David’s confidence in front of goal, however. After scoring three group stage goals, the Canadian international has now not found the net since before Christmas. LOSC need him razor-sharp to gobble up the few chances they are likely to create.

What the coaches say

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager: “We all know how physical French football is, how physical the attacking players are, how brave they are in one-on-ones, very disciplined against the ball, and [LOSC] have the chance to play this game as underdogs. It will be like always: we respect the game, respect the opponent, and prepare the team as we always do.”

Squad changes

Chelsea
In: Kenedy
Out: Lewis Baker

LOSC
In: Hatem Ben Arfa, Domagoj Bradarić, Edon ZhegrovaJAMB Result
Out: Jonathan Ikoné, Rocco Ascone, Reinildo Mandava, Cheikh Niasse, Yusuf Yazıcı

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