Reigning European champions Chelsea will take back their title defense as it takes on Lilac in the Champions league’S last 16 match Tuesday.
Chelsea could be struggling a bit for consistency in the Premier League, but has so far held his acting together in cup competitions.
While that of Thomas Tuchel side is 13 points off the Premier League surpasses it won the Club World Cup last month, it is in the National League Cup final And also still alive in the FA Cup.
It also help the blues’ cause That goalkeeper Eduard Mendy has recorded four goalless goals in the six group gamese also in They last Saturday which was, however, a late and unconvincing 1-0 at Crystal Palace.
Tuchel was sued by the PA news agency saying it was important “to be realistic and not over- to expect from us”and realize that”games against teams in midtable or the lower extremity of the table can get difficult games. “
However, he was overall confident that his players would deliver to Stamford Bridge, with the second leg in France on March 16.
“We are confident to have a good performance because we deliver on a high level in to knock-out matches, cup matchesChampions League matches”said Tuchel.
The Chelsea-Lille draw was the only meeting that remained the same after the Champions League draw had to be redone after a technical problem.
The Londoners will be even more I’m happy now. They can still accommodate a side which has suffered an alarming collapse, with Lille passing from the French champions last mid-table season now, 23 points behind Paris Saint-Germain in tall.
Chelsea hoping for Lukaku glow
Chelsea, on the other hand, have recovered from instability win back-to-back Premier League games to make his hold on Third place more safe.
It just needs to get record-sign Romelu Lukaku to be more prolific. Apart from two goals in Of this month run at the world title for clubthe attacker did not score a goal against highest level opposition since December in England.
He only handled seven touches of the ball in Saturday 1-0 win at the Crystal Palace, the fewest Premier League numbers player in 90 minutes since Opta started logging data over the last two decades.
The manager Tuchel blamed the lack of overall fluency on his players looking “a little exhausted, a little exhausted” after the trip to Abu Dhabi.
Lilac is also encountering frustration in attack with striker Jonathan David’s goals are drying up up.
The Canadian forward had a bright first half of season with three goals in Champions in the group stadium and 12 goals in the French league this season.
However, it is experiencing a drought and has not marked in his last six league games.
Lilac coach Jocelyn Gourvennec seems to have at least stabilized the defense and heads to London on the back of two clean sheets.
Juve eyes mooring in quarters
The other Tuesday game sees Villarreal and Juventus meet for the first time.
Juventus hopes to return in quarterfinals after being eliminated by Porto and Lyon in this phase in the last two seasons on a goal in away from home rule which has now been demolished.
He was advanced past the round of 16 three straight times before that. by Massimiliano Allegri team is coming off two direct draws in Italian league and has only one win in his last four games in the competition.
Villareal, playing in the last 16 for the first time in 13 years old, enters the match with forward Arnaut Danjuma in very good shape after being sidelined for almost two months because of a injury.
Making only his third appearance with the Spanish club since returning, the Dutchman has scored a hat trick in 4-1 of Villarreal win in Grenade in the Spanish league On Saturday.
That extended the team’S unbeaten strip to four matches in everyone competitions And left The winners in Europa League charge of Unai Emery are approaching the qualifying places for the Champions League.