Chelsea v. Sevilla, Stamford Bridge, October 20, 2020, 3:00PM EDT
Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League campaign is underway tonight as they host current Europa League holders Sevilla. Chelsea’s Champions’ League group consists of Sevilla, Krasnador and Rennes.
The West London club aren’t exactly entering the match with the utmost confidence after squandering multiple leads on the weekend in their 3-3 draw against Southampton. Despite leading 2-0 and 3-2 at times, Jannik Vestergaard headed past Chelsea keeper’ Kepa Arrizabalaga in stoppage time to earn a point for the away side.
Chelsea have now conceded nine goals in five league games in what looks like a continuation of defensive deficiencies within the Chelsea side. Lampard has spoken about his side’s issue at the back in his pre-match press conference.
“I keep talking about the need for work and how things can take time. We’re playing with new players and it’s understandable to have moments where I talk about game management,” he said.
“It has to be worked on with time. It’s a lesson to be learnt. I’m aware of the stats and the other stat is we’ve conceded second least shots.
“It’s something we’re aware of with our recruitment and on the pitch with the players to make sure we set up well.”
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta echoed his manager’s comments on their defense and has called on his side to improve and insisted that goalkeeper Kepa whose most recent mistake led to Southampton’s second goal is not a quitter and he will get past his difficult spell.
“When you have solidity defensively it gives confidence to the whole team. When you are weak defensively you feel you have to score three or four goals each game,” he explained.
“I always see football as a collective. We have to improve. We have to take decisions to defend together. It doesn’t matter our position. You cannot play beautiful football every day but when you do not that you have to get the results. We have to improve that.”
“We have difficult times. In my position as captain and I know Kepa a long time. I always try to help him. We have to have the character and personality to face it, work hard.
“I have no doubt he will keep working hard and give everything to revert the situation. The whole squad is fighting like a collective. When you are a goalkeeper it is a different situation, but I have no doubt he will keep working hard and giving his best.”
Can Chelsea Win the Champions League?
Their opponents Sevilla have had a mixed start to the season, winning their first two games of the season, then drawing 1-1 with Barcelona before losing 1-0 to Granada away from home.
Head coach Julen Lopetegui praised Chelsea and thinks they are one of the sides who can win the Champions League this season.
“We are up against one of the teams that could win the title, in Chelsea, but we want to focus on performing well tomorrow – that’s all we can do.
“I think it’s going to be a tough ask. Every match is difficult, but especially in the Champions League against a team like Chelsea. ‘Chelsea have bought some good players, invested a lot of money, it’s a great squad and coach that knows the club inside-out.”
I think Chelsea end up getting the win 2-1 with Werner scoring in his second game in a row.
Sportsbooks odds on Chelsea getting the win open at -110. Odds on Sevilla winning open at +290. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +260.