There’s this thing called coronavirus which you may have heard of and because of it tonight’s match has been moved to sunny Spain, specifically to Sevilla’s home ground: the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Malang Sarr, who is actually a Chelsea player, is on the bench for Porto this evening. That’s not usually how loan agreements work – imagine he ends up scoring the winner or blocks a last minute shot off the line.
Hello there and welcome to our liveblog for Porto vs Chelsea, a game which should be a fascinating tactical battle between two entirely contrasting styles. Chelsea keep the ball, pass pass pass, and make the pitch as wide as possible. Porto are like a mini-Atletico Madrid.
Thomas Tuchel confirmed that N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic would be fit for tonight’s game the other day so expect to see them in the squad but perhaps not the first team.
“They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad – all three. That’s good news,” Tuchel said.
“Christian went off before an injury could happen. He said at half-time he feels like if he continues there will be an injury coming, so we decided to take him off.
“Tammy is in the squad and N’Golo just did a test and will be on the bench. He feels very comfortable, comfortable enough to be on the bench.”
Porto have a few familiar faces in their usual starting XI. Everyone knows about Pepe but you may also remember Chancel Mbemba, who used to play for Newcastle, and Marko Grujic, who might even still play for Liverpool. Does he? Google says yes. He’s one of those players they’ve had in their squad who just gets loaned out every year.
Jesus Corona plays right wing and is absolutely brilliant, while Moussa Marega will cause problems throughout for Chelsea’s back three.
Kick off is 8pm and you can follow all the action here in this liveblog. The game is shown on BT Sport.
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