Some Chelsea fans react to Reece James being on bench v Malmo

‘Should’ve started’. Some Chelsea fans react as player is named on bench v Malmo

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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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.