Hello there, welcome to our liveblog for Chelsea vs Rennes, a game which the bookies seem to think will be an easy win for Frank Lampard’s side. BUT WILL IT?
Something that will make it easier for this to happen is Thiago Silva playing well and holding the defence together but he might not start as Lampard manages the Brazilian’s fitness:
“It’s very important. It’s a question I had about Christian Pulisic and it’s a question I got asked about N’Golo Kante towards the backend of last season a lot. I think within the squad you try to have standards and levels that you train at, physical work, we gauge every day’s fitness work and the input of the players.
“We try to balance it out to make sure we have every player at their optimum and every player is different in their own way. So around a general rule of how we train, whether I talk a lot to the sports science team and they give me clues of what they see, some of it is in my eye and with the staff and then a lot of it is my relationship with the players and speaking to them.
And I think particularly when you have an experienced player who is such a great professional as Thiago is, that honest conversation is very easy.”
Team news will be with us shortly, so stick around for that and live updates throughout the match. It’s nicer than Twitter.
Kick off is 8pm after the other round of games have finished.