Chelsea travel to Lille on Wednesday night and it’s important they get a positive result to get their Champions League campaign going.
The Blues lost to Valencia in the opening group match of this season’s Champions League competition and another defeat would leave them in a difficult position to qualify to the knockout rounds.
Frank Lampard will take his team to France off the back of two victories in the last two games across all competitions and it seems like the pieces are starting to fall into place at Stamford Bridge.
But upcoming opponents Lille could prove to be tricky and do have their threats.
They finished second in Ligue 1 last season only behind Paris Saint-Germain and currently sit fourth in the French top-flight.
Here are three of players for Blues fans to watch out for in midweek:
Osimhen has been in excellent form since he joined Lille in the summer and has hit the ground running for them.
The Nigerian centre-forward has already scored six goals in nine games across all competitions so far, as well as chipping in with two assists too.
He’s someone that can play on the last shoulder of defenders with his blistering pace, but is also a clinical finisher around the penalty area.
The 20-year-old continues to get better every game and he will now be looking to make an impression on the Champions League stage, so Chelsea defenders will need to keep an eye on him.
Bamba is an exciting Lille player that has so much potential and he can take his game to the next level if his end product just sharpens up.
The 23-year-old is a left-winger that has tremendous pace and trickery, who the Blues defence need to be prepared for.
He’s been directly involved in three goals in eight games across all competitions so far and is capable on his day of breezing past opponents.
Cesar Azpilicueta will struggle against his pace if he starts at right-back and would need to lean on his experience, while Reece James is another candidate at full-back but it would be a big test to throw him in against Bamba.
Remy is an ex-Blues forward that Chelsea fans would surely love to see back in action, as he was a popular figure in West London without setting the world alight.
The 32-year-old striker has the experience of playing Premier League opposition and is perhaps someone Lille could lean on for that.
He’s not a regular in the French team this campaign, but has one goal in his four appearances so far and is around the senior squad.
The Frenchmen netted 12 times in 47 games for Chelsea and if he gets a chance in the penalty area he can be deadly.