Chelsea vs RB Salzburg LIVE Football Match Score 15/09/2022
Chelsea take on Red Bull Salzburg in Group E of the Champions League on Wednesday, with the Blues looking to win Graham Potter’s first match in charge of the club. Salzburg, meanwhile, recorded a respectable 1-1 draw against AC Milan last week. It has been a tumultuous week for Chelsea, who moved to sack Thomas Tuchel after their 1-0 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday, before replacing him little more than 24 hours later with former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter on a five-year deal. Tuchel, who won the Champions League in his first season in charge before losing on penalties to Liverpool in both domestic cup finals last season, will forever be remembered fondly by the Chelsea fanbase, but new owner Todd Boehly seemingly felt the team’s stuttering form in the early part of this campaign was a sign of a malaise which may have proven difficult to overcome under the German’s management.
Having lavished around £250m on several new signings during his first summer transfer window at the club, Boehly does not lack ambition and he will hope Potter can work his magic on a talented group of players. The 47-year-old had gained 13 points in Brighton’s six matches this season, having guided the Seagulls to their highest-ever top flight finish by finishing ninth last season. However, Wednesday’s visit of Salzburg will be Potter’s first ever Champions League match, illustrating how quickly he must adapt to the step up in class at his new environment. With reports suggesting Boehly tried to persuade Tuchel to switch to a 4-3-3 formation, it will be interesting to see whether the Englishman sticks with the three-man defence which brought him huge success with Brighton, especially as it is one which the majority of his new group are also used to in recent times.
One aspect which could work in his favour is that Chelsea and Brighton share one perceived weakness: the lack of an out-and-out goalscorer. It remains to be seen which individual Potter generally favours in a central role; with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling and Armando Broja to select from, he is clearly not lacking options. Salzburg, meanwhile, are competing in the Champions League group stage for the fourth successive campaign, having reached the knockout stages for the first time last season. Despite being humbled 8-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich at the last-16 stage, the Red Bull group have stood by Matthias Jaissle as their head coach, with the 34-year-old also hoping to help Salzburg lift a 10th successive Austrian Bundesliga title by the end of the current campaign.
They have won seven of their opening eight domestic games so far, and began with a creditable 1-1 draw at home to Italian champions Milan in the Champions League last week. Jaissle likes his side to play with intensity and that is exactly what they achieved for the majority of the match, with Noah Okafor rewarding his team’s pressure with a 28th-minute opener.
However, Salzburg tired towards the end of each half, with Alexis Saelemaekers pegging the hosts back with a calm finish from 10 yards five minutes before half-time. Ultimately, a draw was probably the fairest outcome, and it is one which the Austrian champions will hope to build on at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea will host Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and the Blues will look to pick up their first win of the European campaign. Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Dinamo Zagreb in their group opener, and they will be desperate to bounce back strongly at home when they play hosts to Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. New manager Graham Potter will take charge of the west London club for the first time since replacing Thomas Tuchel last week. And it will be interesting to see if he can grind out a comprehensive victory in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel was dismissed from his role earlier this month after a series of poor performances, and Potter will be expected to get Chelsea firing once again. The narrow defeat against Dinamo Zagreb will have hurt the Premier League giants, and they will look to respond in a positive manner. Meanwhile, Red Bull Salzburg are coming into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against AC Milan, and they will fancy their chances of getting something out of the contest tomorrow. The visitors are unbeaten in the last six matches across all competitions.
The Austrian outfit are well aware of the fact that Chelsea have been vulnerable this season, and the visitors will look to take advantage of their inconsistencies. Chelsea have lost three of the last five matches across all competitions. Chelsea and Red Bull Salzburg faced each other back in a friendly in 2019 with Chelsea picking up a thrilling 5-3 win. Chelsea will be without their star midfielder in N’Golo Kante because of an injury problem. Apart from that, Graham Potter has a fully-fit squad to choose from, and he should be able to field his strongest starting lineup.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion manager prefers a formation involving three centre-backs, and it is thus fair to assume that he will deploy a 3-5-2 formation, with summer signings Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly set to line up in a back three alongside Thiago Silva. Reece James and Marc Cucurella are expected to start as the wing-backs, with Mason Mount, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic starting in the middle of the park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling are likely to lead the line for Chelsea against Red Bull Salzburg.
The Austrian giants are plagued with injuries right now, and this will be a difficult away trip for them without their key players. Maximilian Wober, Luka Sucic, Oumar Solet, Mamady Diambou, Sekou Koita, Samson Tijani, Kamil Piatkowski, Bryan Okoh, Justin Omoregie, Oumar Diakite are all sidelined. Red Bull Salzburg are expected to line up in a 4-3-1-2 formation against Chelsea, with Philipp Kohn starting as the goalkeeper for the visitors. Amar Dedic, Bernardo, Strahinja Pavlovic and Andreas Ulmer should form the back four for Red Bull Salzburg here.
Nicolas Capaldo, Nicolas Seiwald and Maurits Kjaergaard will start as the central midfielders, and Dijon Kameri should operate in the number ten role. Benjamin Sesko and Fernando are set to lead the line for Red Bull Salzburg against Chelsea, forming the strike partnership. Chelsea will be the firm favourites heading into this contest, and they should be able to pick up a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge. Despite their inconsistencies, the arrival of a new manager should bring new impetus to the players, and they are likely to come out on top against an injury-plagued opposition on Wednesday.
Red Bull Salzburg are well out of their depth, and they are likely to come away empty-handed from this contest. The Hard Tackle predicts a comfortable 3-0 win for Graham Potter’s charges, getting them off the mark in the UEFA Champions League Aubameyang will look to make his mark at his new club, and this is a glorious opportunity for him to showcase his qualities. Chelsea are desperate for a win here, and they are up against a team struggling with extensive injury problems. Red Bull Salzburg are likely to struggle against a top-quality Chelsea side, and Aubameyang should have plenty of opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet. It will be interesting to see how the former Arsenal captain fares in his second outing for Chelsea.