Chelsea have named a strong line-up for tonight’s Champions League match against Malmo – but some Blues fans on Twitter are a little downbeat about the fact Reece James is not included in the starting XI.

The Blues host Swedish opposition on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge for a European group stage fixture.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have three points from their opening two games in the Champions League, so this double header against Malmo looks like the perfect opportunity to try build some momentum.

Tuchel has opted to make four changes to his line-up from the team that beat Brentford 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. 

Malang Sarr, Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic are the individuals to come out.

Meanwhile, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Mason Mount are back into the team.

Reece James absence annoys some

A selection of Chelsea fans on social media believe James should’ve started tonight.


The 21-year-old defender came off the bench in the closing stages against Brentford, so Tuchel is making him bide his time right now. 

He’s with the substitutes yet again in midweek, but plenty feel the right wing-back gives so much to the team offensively when he’s in the starting XI.

Chelsea’s team has rotated frequently during the opening couple of months of the season, which is why James needs to stick in there patiently waiting for his chance.

Previous Chelsea v Malmo clashes

These two clubs did play against each other as recently as 2019.

They played a two-legged tie in the Europa League Round of 32 stage back in February 2019.

Chelsea recorded a 2-1 away win over Malmo in Sweden. Afterwards, they beat their opponents 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to progress to the next round with a 5-1 aggregate scoreline.

Olivier Giroud (two), Ross Barkley (two) and Callum Hudson-Odoi were the Blues goalscorers against tonight’s opponents. 

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