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Chelsea VS Lille OSC Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 22 Feb 2022

Chelsea VS Lille OSC Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 22 Feb 2022

Champions League holders Chelsea might be winning matches but there seems to be plenty of room for improvement, particularly in front of goal, if Thomas Tuchel’s side are to have a realistic hope of lifting the trophy once more in three months’ time. They are at least getting results, unlike French champions Lille. Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions and are marooned in Ligue 1’s midtable, requiring a swift upturn in form if they are to be back on the European stage next season.

Chelsea: As is so often the case at Chelsea of late, all eyes are fixed on Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian set an unwelcome record for the fewest touches by a Premier League player across the course of 90 minutes, just seven in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Lukaku has made no secret of his difficulties adapting to Tuchel’s system but his manager says if he is to adapt the system then the striker will be “part of the solution”. “It’s sometimes like this with strikers if they struggle a bit with self confidence, to find the space and get involved against a good defensive side,” he added. “It can be like this. It’s of course not what we want and not what Romelu wants. It’s not the time to laugh about him and make jokes. He’s in the spotlight and we will protect him.”

The UEFA Champions League resumes this midweek, with the remaining Round of 16 first leg ties scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Chelsea will be in action in one of the two games on Tuesday, playing hosts to Lille at Stamford Bridge, hoping to take a step towards the next stage.

Chelsea progressed to the Champions League Round of 16 by finishing as Group H runners-up behind Juventus. But the Blues have been stuttering since their group stage campaign ended in December, losing ground in the Premier League title race. That said, Thomas Tuchel’s men have won their last five games in all competitions, winning the Club World Cup in the process.

On the other hand, Lille reached the Round of 16 by winning Group G ahead of Red Bull Salzburg. But Les Dogues’ form has been even patchier than Chelsea’s, as they have failed to string together a run of results outside the Champions League throughout the season. Their most recent outing was a goalless draw with Metz that did nothing to bolster their credentials in Ligue 1. Thomas Tuchel does not have any fresh injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Lille. On Tuesday, the Chelsea manager could be bereft of the services of as many as five first-team players.

Ben Chilwell remains a long-term absentee due to his season-ending knee injury, while Callum Hudson-Odoi (knock) is also certain to miss out against Lille. Tuchel is also sweating over the fitness of Reece James (hamstring), Cesar Azpilicueta (muscle injury) and Mason Mount (ankle), with the trio major doubts for Tuesday’s game.

In the absence of Azpilicueta and James, Tuchel will likely line his side up in a 4-3-3 formation that will shuffle between its original form and a 3-5-2, depending on the phase of the game. Edouard Mendy will take his place between the sticks, with Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and Malang Sarr being the four defenders. Christensen, Silva and Rudiger will form a back three when Chelsea’s formation morphs into a 3-5-2. Sarr will reprise the left wing-back role while being the left-back in the original system. On the opposite flank, Hakim Ziyech will turn into a right wing-back, and he will look to be the creative supremo for Chelsea in Mount’s absence.

Chelsea resume the defence of their Champions League crown when Lille pay a visit to Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their last-16 battle on Tuesday night. The Blues could only finish second in Group H to set up a tie with the Ligue 1 champions, who topped the rankings in the tightly-fought Group G.

The reigning champions finishing second in the group stages is hardly the ideal recipe for success, but Chelsea were comfortably through to the knockout rounds in the end, even if Zenit St Petersburg did hold Thomas Tuchel’s side to a thrilling 3-3 draw on the final matchday. Following up their European success by becoming world champions earlier this year, the results have been there for Chelsea – currently on a five-game winning streak across all tournaments – but the performances not so much.

Tuchel’s men were frustrated for large periods of their showdown with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, and it took until the 89th minute to bag the all-important goal through Hakim Ziyech, who had previously had one disallowed at Selhurst Park. The Blues are certainly not considered one of the favourites to go all the way in this season’s Champions League – especially with their alarming record of four consecutive last-16 exits before winning the 2021 edition – but they are no stranger to defying expectation.

Little has changed in the way of Chelsea’s home form at the fortress that is Stamford Bridge, with the Blues winning their last four Champions League games on home soil without conceding a goal, and not since September have Tuchel’s men suffered defeat of any kind on their own turf. Proceedings could hardly have started worse for Lille continentally and domestically under Jocelyn Gourvennec, who witnessed his side take just two points from their first three clashes in Group G as an early exit appeared imminent.

However, Les Dogues turned up the heat in their final trio of matches to record successive wins over Sevilla, Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg to storm to the top of the rankings and make the last-16, with Jonathan David unsurprisingly leading the charge to the knockout rounds. The faltering champions are still flattering to deceive in Ligue 1, though, as they were held to a goalless draw by relegation candidates Metz on Friday evening and travel to the English capital having won just two of their last seven matches in all tournaments.

Gourvennec quickly brushed off any concerns about what the 0-0 draw could mean for Tuesday’s game, but they have not kept a clean sheet away from home in the Champions League since 2014, and Les Dogues will certainly have the underdogs label for this first-leg tie. Lille have only ever reached the last-16 of the Champions League on one previous occasion – going down to Manchester United in the 2006-07 edition – and they suffered back-to-back 2-1 defeats to Chelsea in the group stage of the 2019-20 tournament.

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