Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Jorginho have all dropped team news hints ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League group stage clash with RB Salzburg this evening. The trio have posted pre-match graphic previews of the fixture to their respective Instagram stories.
Dennis Zakaria and Kalidou Koulibaly have followed suit, suggesting that they too could feature against the Austrian top-flight champions. Graham Potter has had a few extra days on the training pitch with his new squad following the postponement of the west London derby against Fulham due to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
A vast majority of the Blues‘ squad made are available for the tie, but there is no N’Golo Kante or Edouard Mendy; the former picked up a hamstring injury against Tottenham last month and the latter continues to suffer from a knee injury. Nonetheless, Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways after losing 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb on the opening day of the new campaign.
And, ahead of what is poised to be a blockbuster bout, Potter previewed the tie. Speaking to football.london, the Blues boss said: “My experiences have been as a supporter in terms of the Champions League.
“I have my Europa League experience with Östersunds. Going to Galatasaray was a fantastic occasion, and winning there – PAOK as well, getting through there,” Potter added. “Going through the Europa League group was a fantastic experience of European football. But it will be an amazing evening for all of us.
“We’re all very excited for it, but at the same time, we have been trying to prepare a team, focus on the game, get to know all the players, and get to know everyone at the training ground. But there’s no denying we are really looking forward to it.”
While Sterling, Fofana and Jorginho posting graphic previews of the Champions League clash on their social media profiles does not necessarily mean they will start, it usually means they will be involved in some capacity. So, follow football.london’s live coverage of the game in our blog here.