Chelsea travel to Lille on Wednesday for a European night in France and would surely love to get their first points on the board in the Champions League group stages.

The Blues lost 1-0 at home to Valencia in the opening group match and have five games remaining to ensure they qualify to the knockout rounds.

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Frank Lampard named a strong XI in the defeat to Valencia and it will be interesting to see if he opts for more rotation in the squad, as fixtures pile up just before the international break.

Tammy Abraham has taken the role as the first-choice striker at Stamford Bridge this season and has fully deserved it following his blistering goalscoring start.

But it would make sense to give him a rest in midweek and Michy Batshuayi should consider it a kick in the teeth if he doesn’t play some sort of role against Lille.

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Batshuayi has had to be patient for his opportunities so far under Lampard, but looked bright in cameos off the bench recently and also scored two goals against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup in his only senior start this season.

The Belgium international has scored two goals in three starts against Lille during his career, as he previously faced them with his former club Marseille and that will be in the back of his mind.

His experience of playing in Ligue 1 would be helpful out in France for the Blues and he must be fully fresh given a lack of minutes.

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There is the added complexion that Olivier Giroud is back from illness to provide a third option at striker and he’s looked second-choice in the pecking order under Lampard, but Batshuayi has surely done enough recently to get a chance.

He needs to be rewarded for his hard patient work and he’s shown he can be a clinical goalscorer around the penalty area when the service is right.

But the alarm bells should be ringing if he’s completely overlooked and has to spend another game watching on from the sidelines.

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