Frank Lampard will send his Chelsea team out against Lille tonight knowing even this early in Chelsea’s Champions League campaign, nothing less than a win will do.
The Blues are back among Europe’s elite, but kicked off Group H with a 1-0 home defeat to Valencia.
That result leaves Chelsea three points behind both the Spaniards and Ajax heading into the second round of fixtures, and Lampard needs points on the board before the double-header against the Dutch champions.
Tammy Abraham put the Blues ahead in France, but Lille levelled to send the sides into the break sharing a 1-1 scoreline.
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86 mins | A final change for Chelsea – Mateo Kovacic for Mount as Lampard opts to lock things down.
84 mins | Another change for Chelsea – Pedro comes on for Willian.
82 mins | Panic again in the Chelsea box! Tomori is caught out and Osimhen leaps through. He tries to round Kepa but the Chelsea goalkeeper appears to get enough of the ball to deny him an equaliser.
77 mins | Chelsea have the lead! Hudson-Odoi makes his impact, lifting a superb cross in from the left, picking out the Brazilian in the box who meets his effort on the volley.
He hammers his effort into the ground with the bounce taking it past the Lille goalkeeper.
GOAL! Lille 1-2 Chelsea | Willian, 76 mins
72 mins | Mount denied! The Chelsea youngster superbly controls Willian’s pass inside the box and shoots across goal but Maignan gets down well to push it wide.
71 mins | Chances for both sides! Abraham slides a lovely ball across goal but no one is there to tap it gome. Lille march down the other end with a man advantage, with Osimhen leading the charge down the inside right.
He opts to shoot instead of finding a teammate, lashing a wild effort wide.
70 mins | Hudson-Odoi looks to make an immediate impact, leading his marker on a merry dance before slipping a pass through for Mount, whose shot on goal is charged down.
68 mins | Another Lille change, Andre comes off with Renato Sanches onto replace him.
66 mins | Change for Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi is onto replace James.
64 mins | We’ve entered a bit of a flat period here – although the home crowd is still rocking despite that. Lille will be happy with their work so far tonight and they know exactly how to hurt Chelsea.
61 mins | Ikone is unable to continue here and Yazici is onto replace him.
58 mins | There is a break in play here after Ikone is felled by a tough – but fair – challenge from Tomori. He gingerly limps off for some treatment.
55 mins | Chelsea look vulnerable every time Lille swing a corner into their penalty area tonight.
51 mins | Lille close again! Again a set piece causes problems with Andre connecting with a glancing header. His effort looks destined for the far corner but Kepa springs across to push it clear.
50 mins | Lille scream for a penalty with Gabriel going down in the box. Tomori is the man who collided with him, but appeals from the home side are waved away.
47 mins | Chelsea start brightly, winning a succession of corners with Tomori springing to reach the last of them, heading just over the bar.
And we are back underway for the second half.
That’s it for the first-half.
45+2 mins | Jorginho denied by the woodwork! Kante wins the ball back in midfield and sparks a counter brilliantly. A cross from the left falls to Jorginho 20 yards out from goal and he hits a wonderful effort on goal that comes back off the post.
That will be that for the first-half.
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Team news and lineups
Lille: Maignan, Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Mandava, Andre, Soumare, Luiz Araujo, Ikone, Bamba, Osimhen
Subs: Leo, Soumaoro, Xeka, Remy, Yazici, Sanches, Bradaric
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso, Willian, Mount, Abraham
Subs: Christensen, Pedro, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov
Prediction: Lille 1-2 Chelsea
The Blues may have lost their opening group game, but Lampard will hope that setback against Valencia will give his players a little focus on the task at hand.
Expect a tight affair with Chelsea to seal an away win.
TV channel and live stream information
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and can be streamed live online via the BT app and website.
You can follow all the action and analysis on Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.
Head to head (h2h) results and history
The two sides have yet to meet in an official Uefa competition.