Chelsea will be aiming to all but secure top spot in Group E when they lock horns with Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in their penultimate Champions League group game this evening, kick-off 8:00pm.
The Blues, who will arrive in Spain off the back of a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, know a victory would all but secure top spot with one group game to spare.
However, Frank Lampard’s side, who sealed their route to the last-16 with a dramatic 2-1 win over Rennes last week, know that a defeat in Spain would see Sevilla put themselves in pole position to claim top spot, as both sides enter this evening’s contest locked on 10 points from their first four matches.
Since Chelsea and Sevilla played out a goalless draw on matchday one of the group stage, the Blues have won their last three games in the competition, defeating Krasnodar and Rennes twice.
Tonight’s clash with Sevilla, though, will be a stern test for the Blues, with the Spanish outfit also keen on bagging top spot.
For Chelsea, though, they will travel to Spain this evening with confidence within their sails after Sunday’s goalless draw with Spurs extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches.
As well as that, Lampard, who was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League back in 2012, has a fully fit squad to pick from, meaning he has the luxury of being able to make mass changes, despite the prize of being able to win the group still being up for grabs.
On the prospect of rotating his pack tonight, speaking to the press on Tuesday, Lampard said: “Yes, I’ll have to do that, for different reasons [rotate].
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“Some players have been playing a lot, we’ve been talking about the hectic schedule. It is hectic but we can’t say that on the one hand and then maybe not look at rotation for this game.
“And on the other side of that players who haven’t played as regularly have been training really, really well and part of the group and important to us.
“So some are just knocking on the door and deserve opportunities.
“So we’re not taking the game lightly, even though we’ve qualified, we want to top the group.
“I don’t expect a drop in level, but there will be an opportunity for some players to get some minutes.”
With changes likely, Lampard could hand starts to the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud.
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As well as that, long-term absentee Billy Gilmour could be involved from the bench. The Scotland Under-21 international has been sidelined since July and Lampard has revealed that he could do with getting some more minutes into his legs.
“He’s fit now, Billy, he could probably do with some more match minutes which are hard to get in Covid times,” explained Lampard.
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