Pat Nevin previews Lille vs Chelsea FC
Pat Nevin previews Chelsea FC's Champions League trip to Lille on Wednesday night
Pat Nevin believes that Chelsea FC would be satisfied with a point in their Champions League clash with Lille on Wednesday night.
The Blues are preparing to travel to northern France for their second group game in Europe’s elite club competition after having suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Valencia in their opener last month.
Chelsea FC will have been buoyed by their 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they picked up their first home victory of the season under new boss Frank Lampard in the top flight.
Blues legend Nevin feels that a point away at Lille would be an acceptable result given Chelsea FC’s current situation.
Writing in his column for Chelsea FC’s website, Nevin said: “I think the Champions League has come just a few weeks earlier than we could have done with this season.
“N’Golo Kante is still not certain to be fit and of course we await Toni Rudiger’s return to a decent run in the team. That sort of experience is invaluable in this competition, particularly away from home.
“It is however all about experience this year and however far we go it is a huge deposit in the memory banks for the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori along with any of the other youngsters who get an outing.
“I am certainly not writing this one off but a point would do, keeping Lille in our sights in the hope that we will be at full strength for the return tie.
“Lille themselves shipped three in their opener against Ajax in Amsterdam, so they may feel they have to come out and attack us.
“This alone could make it a mouthwatering tie. You just know Frank will want our guys to do the same, so get the smartphone’s calculator app at the ready – there could and should be goals.”
Chelsea FC will then switch their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their trip to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues are aiming to make it back to back wins in the top flight as they look to try and climb back into the top four.
The west London side currently find themselves in seventh place in the Premier League table after having taken 11 points from their first seven games.