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Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Champions League match preview, predicted lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
Defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Matchday 1 was enough to put pay to Thomas Tuchel's time as Chelsea boss. Now with Graham Potter at the helm can Chelsea get their revenge at Stamford Bridge?
When and where to watch Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday 2 November.
You can catch all the action from Stamford Bridge starting at 7pm exclusively live on BT Sport 2 and Ultimate.
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb match preview
Dinamo Zagreb beat Chelsea on Matchday 1 of this season’s Champions League to put the final nail in the coffin of Thomas Tuchel’s time in charge of the club.
Despite winning the Champions League for the Blues soon after arriving at Stamford Bridge, the German was replaced by Graham Potter.
The former Brighton manager has done a great job of turning their European fortunes around, steering them to the top of their group table where they’re guaranteed to finish regardless of the result against Dinamo Zagreb.
Impressive back-to-back victories over Italian giants AC Milan put them in control of the group ensuring there’s no final fixture jitters in front of their home fans on Matchday 6.
Potter has the pleasure of being able to mix it up for the final game, giving some of his squad players the chance to shine.
Chelsea did suffer their first defeat under the Englishman at the weekend – a 4-1 defeat to his former club Brighton. But he’ll be hoping that was simply a blip and his unbeaten run in this competition continues.
Dinamo Zagreb will be hoping they can win in London and AC Milan beat RB Salzburg, which would see the Croatian champions finish third in the group and qualify for the Europa League.
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Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb predicted lineups:
Chelsea: (3-4-3) Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly, Chilwell, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pulisic, Mount, Sterling, Broja.
Dinamo Zagreb: (3-5-2) Livakovic; Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Ivanusec, Misic, Ademi, Spikic, Ljubicic, Petkovic, Orsic.
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Injuries and suspensions
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was subbed off at half-time against Brighton after feeling pain in his foot. The Spaniard tried to continue but had to come off in the break to be replaced by Edourd Mendy. The Senegal international will start in goal on Wednesday.
Also in with a chance of starting is defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who suffered a knee injury against Brentford last month. Fellow defenders Wesley Fofana and Reece James remain out though.
Form (last 6 matches)
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Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Form guide
Since taking over from Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager Graham Potter has turned the club’s fortunes around in the Champions League, as well as getting good results domestically.
The Blues now sit at the top of Group E and due to their head to head result against AC Milan are guaranteed to finish as group winners.
Impressive results at home and away to AC Milan have put Chelsea in the driver’s seat, meaning they go into their last group fixture without any real pressure.
That’s a welcome relief to Graham Potter and his Chelsea side, seeing as Potter suffered his first defeat as Chelsea manager at the weekend – a 4-1 thumping against his former club Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Dinamo Zagreb have been in good form this season and currently top the table in Croatia ahead of their big rivals Hajduk Split.
However, they did lose their first match of the season at the weekend – a 1-0 defeat to Osijek.
In the Champions League, it’s all been pretty much downhill since their Matchday 1 win over Chelsea.
The Croatian champions have only managed to record one more point since that famous win with a home draw against RB Salzburg.
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Last time they met
Defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb on Matchday 1 was enough for Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly to fire Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Blues lost the match in Croatia 1-0, with the only goal scored by Croatian international Mislav Orsic.
He said what?!
Graham Potter on improving after defeat at Brighton:
“Unless there is another way. Whenever you are trying to learn or master something, get better, you need to sometimes have a step back, have a bad spell or suffer to grow and get better.
“It’s only my view but I am responsible as much as the players. Sometimes you get things wrong tactically.
“I am okay to say that because ultimately if you want to be a role model for people trying their best and trying to improve you need to be that way yourself.
“It would be easy for me to blame the players after a game but it isn’t as straightforward as that.”
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Players to watch
Having already won Group E there’s very little riding on Chelsea's last match of the group stage against Dinamo Zagreb.
Graham Potter could use this game to give some of his fringe players minutes in the competition before the Blues' big London derby against table-topping Arsenal at the weekend.
With Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang usually preferred up front, this could be an opportunity for Armando Broja to show what he’s capable of at the highest level.
The Albanian only has one goal to his name this season – a last-minute strike against Wolves in Chelsea’s 3-0 win last month – and has seen his playing time severely restricted despite impressing on loan at Southampton last season.
There’s a feeling that Broja has the potential to do a job in the Premier League, but the jury’s still out on whether he’ll be a success at Chelsea.
Another player who has a chance to stake a claim in Graham Potter’s side is goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. He was number 1 for much of the time under Thomas Tuchel, but Graham Potter has favoured Kepa Arrizabalaga during his time in charge. Could Mendy force his way back into the side while Kepa is out injured?
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb: Key stats
- Only one team has ever beaten Chelsea home and away in a Champions League group stage campaign, with Basel doing so in 2013-14.
- Dinamo Zagreb’s last away win in the UEFA Champions League dates back to November 1998, when they won 1-0 at Ajax. Since then, the Croatian side have played 20 away games in the competition without winning, with 17 of those ending in defeat (D3).
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their four UEFA Champions League games since Graham Potter took charge, winning each of the last three (D1). The last Chelsea boss to go unbeaten in his first five games in the competition was Roberto Di Matteo in 2011-12, with the Blues going on to lift the trophy that season.
- Chelsea’s eight goals in the UEFA Champions League this term have been scored by seven different players, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the only one of those to net more than once (2). Only Napoli (11), Inter and Bayern (both eight) have had more different scorers than the Blues in the competition this term.
- Since the start of last season, no team have scored more goals following a build-up sequence than Chelsea (7) in the UEFA Champions League. These are defined as open play sequences that feature 10+ passes and end in a goal.
- Mason Mount has been directly involved in more shots than any other Chelsea player in the UEFA Champions League this term (21 – 10 shots, 11 chances created). The only other player for an English club who has had 10+ shots and created 10+ chances this term is Manchester City’s Jack Grealish.