Krasnodar vs Chelsea – Champions League LIVE

-Match kicks off at 5.55pm

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Krasnodar starting XI: Safonov, Smolnikov, Kaio, Martynovich, Chernov, Vilhena, Gazinski, Utkin, Olsson, Ramirez, Berg

Subs:

Chelsea starting XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Werner

Subs: Caballero, Ziger, James, Tomori, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud, Abraham

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted Antonio Rudiger could make his first start of the season for the Blues this evening.

The Germany international has not been included this campaign and is down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard insists Rudiger is in contention to face Krasnodar though.

“I’ve had discussions. Sometimes players are out of the squad but he is very much in contention,” said Lampard.

The Chelsea manager is not underestimating his opponents either and is expecting a tough match.

“People look at this group and think it is comfortable for us, but we have to have edge against Krasnodar,” said Lampard.

“They are new into the Champions League so will have absolute motivation. We’re very focused on the game.”

Chelsea drew their group opener 0-0 against Sevilla last week.

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