Chelsea welcome Lille to Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie as the Blues look to move one step closer to retaining their European crown.
The Blues have had to watch all their main rivals including Liverpool, Man City and Paris Saint-Germain pick up crucial first leg wins in their respective ties against Inter, Sporting and Real Madrid.
Finally, the wait is over for Thomas Tuchel‘s side who now look for a strong start to a pivotal week in the west London club’s season with a Carabao Cup final looming on the weekend against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
But first, they must defeat a Lille side who have been rather on a downwards spiral domestically since their famous title win last season against old odds in the French top tier.
Thomas Tuchel and Edouard Mendy have already reiterated the message of not underestimating any opponent at this stage of the competition when they spoke to the media on Monday.
“When it’s the Champions League and this stage of the competition, there are no easy draws. Lille won their group and I think that reflects the performances they’ve produced in this competition against teams like Sevilla and Salzburg. They’ve been performing well so it’s certainly an easy draw,” Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper said.
“Lille are a very good team. They’ve struggled a bit more this season in the league but it’s always difficult to be reigning champions.
“They’ve done very well in the Champions League and will give everything to make it hard for us and get a result. So it’s up to us to be wary of that and play our best football.”
With the opposition now analysed, football.london brings you all you need to know….
What TV channel is it on?
Chelsea vs Lille is live on BT Sport 2.
Coverage commences at 7pm – one hour before kick-off at 8pm.
To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.
How can I follow it?
football.london has you covered. As usual we will be inside the stadium and will have a live blog for you to follow.