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Chelsea v Valencia: Match preview
Chelsea welcome Valencia to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening as Frank Lampard makes his Champions League bow as a manager.
Lampard is the club's highest scoring midfielder in the competition's history and he will be hoping to make his mark as a manager when the Blues get their European campaign under way.
This will be Chelsea's 16th participation in Europe's most prestigious competition, the most for an English club, but Tuesday night will be a new experience for many of Lampard's young charges.
The Blues, who were seeded in Pot 1 after securing qualification as winners of the Europa League, were drawn against Dutch champions Ajax, Valencia and Lille – who finished second in Ligue 1 last season.
And with last year's semi-finalists Ajax to contend with, Lampard insists Chelsea will need to be at their best to progress to the knockout stages.
He said; "I saw the early reports were all the English teams have seemingly had pretty good draws: there never is an easy draw in the Champions League.
"One team was a semi-finalist last year [Ajax], Valencia are a very strong team always, and dangerous, and in Lille we have another strong team.
"It’s certainly no walkover of a group at all, far from it. Quality teams that we’ll have to be fully on guard and be at our best to get through the group because it’s a strong group across the board."
After suffering a humbling 4-0 opening-day thrashing at the hands of Manchester United, Lampard's commitment to giving opportunities to young English talent is beginning to bear fruit.
While rookie players like Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have acquitted themselves well in domestic competitions, their lack of experience at European level will be a concern to Lampard and fans alike.
Against Sheffiled United, Lampard named the youngest Chelsea starting 11 in the Premier League era with an average age of 24 years and 158 days and it will be interesting to see if the 41-year-old novice head coach will stick with his faith in youth on Europe's biggest stage.
Like their hosts, Valencia have had a mixed start to the season, taking four points from the first four games with a win, a draw and two defeats - including this weekend's 5-2 loss at the hands of Barcelona.
That indifferent start has seen the La Liga outfit take the decision to sack manager Marcelino after two years at the helm just weeks into the season.
The former Valencia midfielder won the Copa de Rey last season but was relieved of his duties just six days before their trip to Stamford Bridge.
On the playing side, Los Ches added former Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to a talented squad that includes the likes of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes and Kevin Gameiro.
However the two-time Champions League finalists will have to improve on their most recent form if they are to upset Chelsea.
The Spanish side have won only three of their 19 away games against clubs representing England but they will fancy their chances of reversing that trend against a rookie Chelsea XI.
Chelsea v Valencia: Team news
The hosts will be without centre back Antonio Rudiger who tweaked his groin during his first appearance of the season against Wolves.
The German international was taken off after 45 minutes at Molineux as he made his return from knee surgery.
Lampard declared N’Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi “fit, but not match fit” so both will again miss out against the La Liga side.
Full-backs Reece James and Emerson Palmieri (thigh) will also miss the first European game of the season at Stamford Bridge, along with long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Albert Celades is taking charge of just his second game and having lost 5-2 away at Barcelona may look to make significant alterations to his line-up.
Having started with two forwards against the Catalan side, the 43-year-old boss is expected to set up a little more conservatively.
Geoffrey Kondogbia is expected to be handed a recall in midfield, with Kevin Gameiro likely to be the player to miss out as a result.
Chelsea v Valencia: The managers
Chelsea boss Lampard: “Our target is to qualify from a tough group. It is different [from league football]; the main thing is that the concentration levels throughout the game have to be spot on. The different level can surprise you.
“I have belief in the players. I think we have talent that can blossom in the Champions League.
“I had some incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones.
“It’s the ultimate in club football. There is something about Stamford Bridge, Champions League football and that music.”
Valencia boss Celades: “Obviously it’s not an ideal situation but it’s the players’ decision [not to speak to the media], really. I don’t have much more to say about that. There isn’t anything I can do about it.
“I speak to the players every day. They took this decision but there is always dialogue. The reaction I’ve had [since being appointed] has been very good and I’m sure it will continue to improve.
“The spirit is very good. [Tuesday] is the start of the best club competition in Europe and that is ample motivation for the players to give their best.
“They want to play, taste the atmosphere, and be in the starting XI. No-one wants to miss out and that, for me, is the most important thing.”
Chelsea v Valencia: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2011. In the six games played, Valencia are yet to record a victory.
|06/12/2011||Champions League||Chelsea 3-0 Valencia|
|28/09/2011||Champions League||Valencia 1-1 Chelsea|
|11/12/2007||Champions League||Chelsea 0-0 Valencia|
|03/10/2007||Champions League||Valencia 1-2 Chelsea|
|10/04/2007||Champions League||Valencia 1-2 Chelsea|
Chelsea v Valencia: Key stats
- The only club that Chelsea have faced as often in European competition without losing as they have against Valencia (six games: W3 D3) is German club FC Schalke 04 (six games: W4 D2).
- Chelsea didn’t lose a single match in European competition in 2018-19, winning 12 and drawing three of their 15 matches in the Europa League on the way to winning the final.
- Chelsea’s 12 wins in the 2018-19 Europa League has only been bettered once in a major European competition (excluding qualifiers) within a single season: Atletico Madrid in 2011-12 (13 wins, also in the Europa League).
- Valencia have reached the Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012-13 (three in a row), which was also the last time they made it to the knockout stages of the competition, before being knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the Last 16.
- Of the 21 clubs to have played at least 100 games in the Champions League, Chelsea have the fourth best goals per game ratio (1.71) behind only Real Madrid (2.13), Barcelona (2.02) and Bayern Munich (1.90).
- Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was the top goalscorer in the Europa League last season, with 11 goals in 14 appearances. He’s only scored one more goal (12) in his career within the Champions League in 30 appearances over six seasons.
Chelsea v Valencia: Odds
All odds correct at the time of writing.