Chelsea will face Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League with a strong line-up.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blue won the competition in 2021 and although they got off to a rocky start to the season, they were buoyed by a comeback win over London rivals West Ham at the weekend.
Dinamo Zagreb are the reigning Croatian champions but have never qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League and are Chelsea’s easiest opponents on paper in a group that also includes AC Milan and RB Salzburg.
But Chelsea must contain the threat posed by striker Josip Drmic, who joined Zagreb from Norwich this summer after scoring 25 goals last season while on loan at league rivals Rijeka.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Champions League game.
When will Dinamo Zagreb play Chelsea?
Game starts Tuesday 6th September at 5:45pm BST.
The game will be televised live in the UK on BTSport TV channels. Subscribers can watch online via the BT Sport app and website.
It remains to be seen whether Edouard Mendy will recover in time from the controversial collision with Jarrod Bowen that resulted in West Ham’s late equalizer being ruled out. “He was in a lot of pain, we’ll have to see that,” said Tuchel after the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is training in a mask after his jaw was broken in a burglary at his Barcelona home last week and has traveled with the squad while awaiting his Chelsea debut. New signing Denis Zakaria could also make his debut and will be included in the squad. Thiago Silva has been left at home to rest and N’Golo Kante is recovering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play.
Expected Chelsea line-up
Tuchel may change some of his key players here but he will want to build on the momentum of the win over West Ham and jumpstart Chelsea’s season. So expect a strong team aiming to get three points on the board.
Kepa; Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Sterling, Havertz, Mount.
Chelsea will face a strong team looking to win and should do just that in Croatia, albeit against a good side who have won seven of their first eight league games and Bodo-Glimt in Zagreb in Champions League qualifiers with 4: hit 1. Dynamo Zagreb 1-2 Chelsea.
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