Potter pleased to win first league game as Chelsea head coach
Chelsea host AC Milan at Stamford Bridge this evening as they attempt to get their Champions League campaign back on track following a terrible start to the competition. The Blues have taken just one point from their opening two fixtures – in a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg - and sit bottom of Group E. They are three points behind Milan but can reign in the Italian side with a victory tonight.
However, Milan have only been beaten once so far this season and can solidify their place at the top of the group if they were to defeat the Blues in their own back yard. This clash will prove to be a stern test for manager Graham Potter, but he’ll be feeling confident after Chelsea came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the weekend.
In Chelsea’s favour are the injury woes that afflict Stefano Pioli’s team. The manager faces significant fitness issues within his squad with defenders Davide Calabria and Simon Kjaer joining an injury list that also features the likes of Divock Origi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Pioli conceded that his side might be up against it tonight.
Follow all the action from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea take on AC Milan:
36’ - Chelsea 1-0 AC Milan
Disappointment for Fofana as he departs the pitch injured, stemming from a challenge with Leao a while ago. Looks like a knee issue.
Trevoh Chalobah is coming on in his place.
32’ - Chelsea 1-0 AC Milan
Mount thinks he’s in for a second goal and lobs it brilliantly over the keeper - but the offside flag is up. He was just a yard ahead of the defence as Sterling flicked a pass through.
28’ - Chelsea 1-0 AC Milan
Elsewhere, Man City are a goal up - no prizes for guessing the scorer.
Chelsea bossing possession over the last few minutes and Kovacic has been driving them forward again - his pass is cut out, then Loftus-Cheek sends it out of play.
99 Champions League games for Thiago Silva tonight.
23’ - Chelsea 1-0 AC Milan
Incredible stuff - for a third set-piece in a row Silva wins the header, Tatarusanu gets a parry on the ball but it’s back into the six-yard box, it bounces around between half a dozen players and Fofana keeps his cool to side-foot home and put Chelsea ahead.
Dismal defending from Milan from set plays.
22’ - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
Totally free header for Thiago Silva after a set-piece - but Tatarusanu tips it over. From the next corner the former Milan man is again free and again heads at goal - Tomori deflects it wide.
18’ - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
The home side struggling to find a high intensity to their game so far. Kovacic and Mount are the two trying to raise it so far but the latter has had a few wayward touches while he tries to make things happen.
Milan quite comfortable so far, but we’re early on still.
Tomori not really tested so far on his return to his former club.
14’ - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
Almost 60% possession for Milan in the opening quarter of an hour. Sterling beats Tonali on the outside but runs the ball out of play. He wants a free-kick but there’s nothing doing.
Ballo-Toure is now booked too after a very late tackle on James which caught the Chelsea man high on the ankle.
10’ - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
Krunic goes into the book early on for a lunging tackle on Loftus-Cheek. Not a good one either, miles away from the ball.
Leao gets into the Chelsea box and goes to ground but the ref says there’s no contact from Fofana, who makes a block and clears the danger.
6’ - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
Mount curls a low strike toward the far post from range and Tatarusanu has to go full stretch to his left to tip it around the post.
In the earlier game, Salzburg beat Dinamo 1-0 so Chelsea are fourth on one point, behind Dinamo (3), Milan (4) and Salzburg (5).
2' - Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
Early possession for Milan, all in white tonight. Sterling has started right side for Chelsea. De Ketelaere is clattered by Koulibaly, his second foul already tonight.
Theo Hernandez is another absentee tonight for the Italians - the left-back is a huge outlet for them most weeks, so that’s a big miss.