Holders Chelsea begin the second phase of their mission to defend their title against LOSC Lille, France’s first UEFA Champions League round of 16 appearance in 15 years.
• Chelsea have reached the last 16 16 times. Lille’s last and only appearance in the last 16 was in 2006/07, when they lost to Manchester United both home and away.
• However, the French champions have been impressive this season, finishing first in a hard-fought Group G. Chelsea, on the other hand, gave up their first place in Group H, which they believed to be secure, on matchday 6 of the group stage and had to settle for second place behind Juventus.
• In 2019/20 Chelsea beat France 2-1 in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Those six points helped the Blues secure second place in Group H on 11 points. Lille finished fourth in the group with just one point.
• Chelsea won on Matchday 2 under Frank Lampard at the Stade Pierre Mauroy with a 78th-minute Willian goal. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham opened the scoring after 22 minutes, but Lille equalized that lead eleven minutes later through Victor Osimhen.
• On Matchday 6 it was Abraham again who scored 1-0 in the 19th minute; César Azpilicueta extended the lead with the 2-0 in the 35th minute, Lille – then still under coach Christophe Galtier – only managed to score the goal in the 78th minute through Loïc Rémy.
Chelsea – LOSC: All about the game
• The Blues were considered sure winners of Group H after beating Juventus 4-0 at home. They have recorded three clean sheets at home, beating Juve, beating Zenit 1-0 and beating 4-0 Malmö – the whole thing with 9:0 goals. They had clearly won the direct comparison against Turin, but a goal from Zenit in the fourth minute of added time to make it 3-3 cost Chelsea top of the group, with 13 points only second place behind Juventus.
• Chelsea lifted their second UEFA Champions League trophy on 29 May 2020/21. In Porto’s Estádio do Dragão, Kai Havertz scored his first Champions League goal against Manchester City to make it 1-0 – and that result stayed the same.
• The Blues finished last season’s group stage comfortably ahead of Sevilla, Krasnodar and Rennes with four wins and two draws.
• Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as head coach in January. In the round of 16, Chelsea emerged victorious after beating Atlético de Madrid 1-0 in Bucharest and beating Atlético de Madrid 2-0 at home. In the quarter-finals, played in Seville, Porto did not stand a chance, winning 2-0 and 1-0. Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the semifinals, a 1-1 draw in Madrid followed by a 2-0 home win before finally clinching the second handle pot in the club’s history against City.
• The 1-0 defeat at Juventus on Matchday 2 of the season was one of just four defeats in the last 26 Champions League games (W16, U6).
• Chelsea have won seven of their last 13 premier games at Stamford Bridge (U4, L2), keeping a clean sheet in their last five games.
• Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 Champions League games last season – a record for an English team’s top-flight goalkeeper. He has not lost four times in five games this season.
• Fourth place in the 2020/21 Premier League season saw Chelsea qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the 18th time, their fourth in five years. They only failed to do so in 2018/19, but won the UEFA Europa League this season under Maurizio Sarri.
• This season, Thomas Tuchel’s side clinched the UEFA Super Cup and their first European title of the season with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out (1-1 after regular time) against Villareal in Belfast on 11 August . It was the first success in this competition since 1998; the 2012, 2013 and 2019 finals were all lost.
• Chelsea’s record in the round of 16 is nine wins and six losses. The win over Atlético last season ended a run of four consecutive round of 16 defeats.
• The Blues won just one of their four knockout stages, played over two legs, against French clubs. This includes two defeats against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League in 2014/15 (1-1 A, 2-2 H aet) and 2015/16 (1-2 A, 1-2 H). The only win so far against a French side in the knockout stages was also against Paris, in the quarter-finals of the 2013/14 season (0-2 a, 3-1 h).
• Chelsea have won their last four games against French clubs. Last season saw both a 3-0 home win against Rennes, in which Timo Werner twice scored from the penalty spot, and a 2-1 away win, in which Callum Hudson-Odoi netted. This means that England have won five of their last eleven games against French clubs (U2, L4).
• However, the Blues have lost just one of their ten home games against Ligue 1 visitors (W6, U3), the only defeat being a 2-1 second leg against Paris in the Round of 16 of the 2015/16 season.
• After three games in Group G, Lille had just two points but three wins followed, including a 3-1 at Wolfsburg on Matchday 6 to seal top spot in the group.
• The French lost their first away game 2-1 in Salzburg but triumphed by the same result in Seville on Matchday 4.
• It is Lille’s seventh appearance in the Champions League group stage but only their second in nine seasons. Only once in these six attempts had they managed to reach the knockout phase.
• The ‘Great Danes’ last appearance was in 2019/20, when they finished last in a group with Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax. Lille lost five out of six games, the only exception being a 1-1 draw on Matchday 3 when they hosted Valencia.
• 2020/21 began Lille’s European campaign in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. With eleven points they finished second in the group behind AC Milan. A 3-0 away win in Milan ensured the French finished ahead of Sparta Praha and Celtic.
• Lille were then eliminated by Ajax in the round of 32, losing both games 2-1.
• The 2-1 win at Sevilla on Matchday 4 of the season ended a negative run of ten UEFA Champions League group stage appearances without a win (D3, L7).
• Despite successes away at Seville and Wolfsburg, Lille have won just five of their 22 UEFA Champions League away games (lost 13) and had lost four in a row before winning in Spain; they have lost nine of their last 15 away games in Europe (W4, U2).
• This is only the second time Lille have reached the knockout stage. The first time was in 2006/07, when they lost 1-0 in both games to Manchester United.
• Lille’s record in the knockout stages over two legs against English clubs is one win and two defeats. Their most recent encounter was against Liverpool in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 16 (1-0 H, 0-3 A). Their only success so far came in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup semifinals against Aston Villa. After a 1-1 draw in front of their own fans, Lille won 2-0 in Birmingham – their only success to date in England (U1, N5).
• The defeat at Chelsea in December 2019 was the fourth consecutive defeat in England. The first-leg win over Liverpool in 2010/11 is their only win in eight games, home or away (U1, L6).
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• Tuchel was Paris Saint-Germain head coach from July 2018 to December 2020. There he won the Ligue 1 title twice, as well as the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue once. He also led the Parisians to the 2020 UEFA Champions League final.
• Tuchel has played five times with Paris against Lille, each time in Ligue 1. His record: three wins, one draw and one loss. The only defeat was a 1:5 away swatter on April 14, 2019, which meant that the championship celebration had to be postponed again. 20 December 2020 saw a goalless draw in Lille, the penultimate game for Tuchel as PSG manager.
• Tuchel and Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec have crossed paths twice in France, both times in January 2019. Gourvennec, then manager of Guingamp, won 2-1 in the League Cup on 9 January. Just ten days later, Paris shot 9-0 out of the stadium at the Parc des Princes Guingamp, which is Paris’ biggest home win in Ligue 1 to date.
• Have played in France:
Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain 2012-20)
Edouard Mendy (Reims Stadium 2016-19, Rennes Stadium 2019/20)
N’Golo Kante (US Boulogne 2010-13, SM Caen 2013-15)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Olympique Marseille 2010-12)
Malang Sarr (OGC Nice 2016-20)
• Thiago Silva has won seven French leagues, six League Cups and five French Cups with PSG. His record against LOSC: nine wins and one loss, a 5-1 draw at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on April 14, 2019, when Jonathan Bamba and José Fonte both scored.
• Thiago Silva played with Lille striker Timothy Weah at Paris in 2018-2019.
• In his five games with Reims and Rennes against Lille, Mendy failed to win or keep clean, conceding one defeat and four draws. Fonte scored against Mendy in Lille’s 1-1 draw with Reims on 7 April 2019.
• Mendy’s last game in a Rennes shirt before joining Chelsea was a 1-1 draw at Lille on 22 August 2020. The goalscorer for the hosts at the time was Jonathan Bamba.
• Have played in England:
Jose Fonte (Crystal Palace 2007–10, Southampton 2010–17, West Ham 2017–18)
Jeremy Pied (Southampton 2016-18)
Renato Sanches (Swansea 2017/18)
Angel Gomes (Manchester United 2017-20)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle 2010-15, Hull 2014 on loan)
• Ben Arfa’s record against Chelsea with Newcastle: 1W 3L
• Teammates in the national team:
Mateo Kovacic & Domagoj Bradaric (Croatia)
Christian Pulisic & Timothy Weah (USA)
• Eden Hazard, a former Chelsea midfielder, joined LOSC Lille in 2005 aged 14 and has progressed through all youth teams. He made his professional debut in October 2007 and led the club to a league and cup double in 2010/11. This season, Hazard was named player of the year in the French league. After being named Ligue 1 Player of the Year again in 2012, he joined Chelsea. In his seven years with the Londoners, he won two English championships, an FA Cup, a League Cup and the UEFA Europa League titles in 2012/13 and 2018/19.
• Joe Cole also laced up for both clubs. He was at Chelsea from 2003 to 2010, after which he was at Liverpool and was on loan at Lille in 2011/12.
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