Chelsea’s final chance of silverware this season relies on them turning around a 1-0 first leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.
It’s been a season to forget so far for the Blues under manager Graham Potter and this game could well determine his future at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides will come into this second leg without a number of players making it a difficult tie to predict both on the pitch and the teamsheet.
Playing at home and on the back of a much-needed Premier League win, Chelsea will hope they can find the necessary edge somewhere to send Dortmund packing.
Below are the confirmed starting 11s for both sides.
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Chelsea vs Dortmund lineups
Unfortunately for Potter, he will have to make do without a number of key Chelsea players for this match.
Veteran defender Thiago Silva was the latest to go down with a knee injury which will keep him sidelined for some time.
Cesar Azpilicueta remains sidelined with a concussion, Mason Mount is suspended while Reece James was a doubt due to a tight hamstring but has been passed fit to start.
N’Golo Kante has returned to training but is building back fitness before making a return to match play.
Edouard Mendy remains out with a broken finger, while Armando Broja is out for the season with a torn ACL.
In good news for the Blues, Christian Pulisic has been included in Potter’s squad despite not featuring since January due to a knee injury.
Dortmund are flying but do have injury concerns to deal with. Most notably, Karim Adeyemi was in great form before succumbing to a hamstring injury that will keep him out for another few weeks.
Donyell Malen just went down with an ankle injury, while Youssoufa Moukoko is dealing with one too.
Mateu Morey, Gregor Kobel, Abdoulaye Kamara, and Julien Duranville are all ruled out as well.
Julian Ryerson is fit but will miss the second leg through suspension after picking up three yellow cards in the competition.
Chelsea starting 11
Chelsea starting XI (3-4-3): Kepa (GK) — Fofana, Koulibaly Cucurella — James, Kovacic, Fernandez, Chillwell — Sterling, Havertz, Felix
Subs: Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Mudryk, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Hall
- Injured: Silva, Azpilicueta, Kante, Mendy, Broja
- Suspended: Mount
Potter went with a 3-4-3 formation against Leeds last time out and he’s opted tostick with it, which sees Chilwell shifted into midfield.
Both Hakim Ziyech and Mykhailo Mudryk stayed on the bench in that Leeds game suggesting they were saved for this midweek contest but both players have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Dortmund starting 11
Dortmund starting XI (4-1-4-1): Meyer (GK) — Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro — Can — Brandt, Bellingham, Ozcan, Reus — Haller
Subs: Kobel, Unbehaun, Reyna, Dahoud, Hummels, Modeste, Malen, Meunier, Passlack, Rothe, Bynoe-Gittens, Coulibaly
- Injured: Adeyemi, Morey, Kobel, Kamara, Duranville, Moukoko
- Suspended: Ryerson
On an 11-game winning run, it was hard to see Edin Terzic shaking up the team formula too much for this one.
Marco Reus has replaced the injury Karim Adeyemi on the left wing, while Sebastien Haller has led the line across the past few matches. Raphael Guerreiro is expected to replace the suspended Julian Ryerson at left-back.
Chelsea vs Dortmund live stream, TV channel
A place in the Champions League quarterfinals awaits one of these sides following a clash at Stamford Bridge that should deliver plenty of drama.
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|USA||CBS, TUDN, UniMas||fuboTV, Paramount+, ViX+,
|UK||BT Sport 1||BT Sport|
|New Zealand||—||Spark Sport|
|India||Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3,
Sony TEN 4
|Sony LIV, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect|
|Malaysia||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect|
|Singapore||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect,
UK: This match will be broadcast live in the UK via BT Sports’ TV and streaming services.
USA: This match streams on Paramount+ and fuboTV for subscribers in both English and Spanish.
Canada: Every Champions League game this season is live streaming exclusively via DAZN in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every Champions League match live and on demand on Stan Sport.
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