Romelu Lukaku breaks the deadlock; Kai Havertz brought on as Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic cause problems; Timo Werner on bench for Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge

Holders Chelsea get their new Champions League campaign up and running as they host Zenit St Petersburg this evening.

The Blues have enjoyed an excellent start to the season after picking up ten points from a possible twelve in their opening Premier League fixtures.

The latest result was a 3-0 home victory over Aston Villa on Saturday in which a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a Mateo Kovacic effort made the difference in west London.

  • Romelu Lukaku gives Chelsea a 1-0 lead midway through the second half
  • Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount
  • Subs: Kepa, Bergstrom; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Sarr; Barkley, Saul, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Werner, Havertz
  • Zenit St. Petersburg XI: Kritsyuk; Sutormin, Chistiakov, Rakitskiy, Douglas Santos; Barrios, Wendel, Kuzyaev; Claudinho, Azmoun, Malcom.
  • Subs: Krugovoy, Mostovoy, Erokhin, Dzyuba, Kerzhakov, Kravtsov, Odoevskiy, Khotulev.
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Phil Spencer

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