Chelsea – LOSC Lille: UEFA Champions League background, previous meetings | UEFA Champions League

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.

Highlights: Chelsea 2-1 LosC

past encounters
• 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

Highlights: LOSC - Chelsea 1-2

Highlights: LOSC – Chelsea 1-2


• 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.

Yılmaz finishes off LOSC's strong counterattack

Yılmaz finishes off LOSC’s strong counterattack

• 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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