Chelsea v Zenit live stream, BT Sport, Tuesday 14 September, 8pm BST
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Chelsea begin the defence of their Champions League title when they welcome Zenit – whose Gazprom Arena is hosting this season’s final – to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were crowned champions of Europe for the second time in May, with Kai Havertz’s goal enough to see off Manchester City in the final.
The Blues carry good form into this Group H encounter, having won three and drawn one of their opening four Premier League games this season – scoring nine goals and conceding only once.
Zenit – who won the Russian Premier League for the third consecutive time in 2020/21 – have gone out of the Champions League at the group stage in each of the last two seasons.
The Saint Petersburg giants are unbeaten in their first seven matches of the new domestic campaign, though, winning five and topping the table.
Tuesday’s game is likely to come too soon for Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic, while N’golo Kante remains a doubt for Tuchel. Romelu Lukaku is set to make his second European appearance for the Blues, though – having come off the bench in the 2013 Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich.
Visiting boss Sergei Semak will be without injured midfielder Magomed Ozdoyev, with centre-half Dmitriy Chistyakov doubtful. Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren wears the captain’s armband, and towering Russian international Artem Dzyuba is a familiar name up front.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Chelsea have lost just one of their last 17 home group games in the Champions League, while Zenit’s only win in England came against Scottish opposition – Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup final at the Etihad Stadium.
Kick-off is at 8pm BST and the game is being shown live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK.
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