Chelsea dealt massive Champions League personnel boost ahead of Lille tie

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It has not been a good week for Chelsea and Chelsea fans following Roman Abramovich’s sanctions at the hands of the UK Government.

However, on the pitch they may have been dealt a big boost ahead of their Champions League second leg against Lille, as the French side are set to be without Renato Sanches.

The Portuguese midfielder was the most influential player on the pitch even as they lost the first leg of the last 16 tie at Stamford Bridge by a 2-0 scoreline, but was forced off after just 20 minutes in Lille’s Ligue 1 clash with Saint-Etienne with what looked to be a hamstring injury.

This would rule him out for several weeks, and would certainly sideline Lille’s most influential midfielder for the second leg clash with Thomas Tuchel’s side on Wednesday.

Can Chelsea repeat European success?

As pundits, rival fans and journalists revel in the chaos caused by the fall of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea still have a very real chance of silverware in the post-Abramovich era.

In the FA Cup quarter-finals and having been drawn against Middlesbrough, there will be confidence that they can make their way to Wembley for the second time this season.

Chelsea won the Champions League in 2020/21

Chelsea won the Champions League in 2020/21 (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – UEFA/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, they hold a two-goal advantage heading into the Champions League second leg. and are string favourites to reach the quarter final stages. With the experience of last season still throughout the squad, there is no reason that they cannot mount a successful defence of their trophy.

While the off the pitch antics hang like a cloud over the club, and fans continue to questionably chant their now disgraced owner’s name, there remains real chance for success on the pitch.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 28 50 69
2 Liverpool FC 27 51 63
3 Chelsea FC 27 37 56
4 Arsenal FC 25 12 48
5 Manchester United 28 7 47
6 West Ham United 28 11 45
7 Tottenham Hotspur 26 8 45
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 5 43
9 Aston Villa 27 3 36
10 Southampton FC 28 -8 35
11 Crystal Palace 28 1 33
12 Leicester City 25 -3 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -6 33
14 Newcastle United 27 -15 31
15 Brentford FC 28 -15 27
16 Leeds United 28 -35 23
17 Everton FC 25 -18 22
18 Burnley FC 26 -14 21
19 Watford FC 28 -27 19
20 Norwich City 28 -44 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 8

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