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Chelsea – Lille is the clash of extremes in the knockout stages of the Champions League. This means that LOSC and Jocelyn Gourvennec do not have much to lose, but not that there is no stake.

A week after the clash of the knockout stages of the Champions League, between PSG and Real Madrid, it’s time for a clash of extremes. Defending champion, Chelsea welcomes LOSC, the smallest team in the running in these 32nd (UEFA coefficient).

On paper, the English are of course huge favorites in this unbalanced confrontation, starting with tonight’s match at Stamford Bridge. Difficult to envisage a result other than the victory of the Londoners, with the only hope for the Mastiffs, to keep all their chances before the return match.

José Fonte: “We have our ambition”

“It’s all about the mindset. We must approach this meeting by being light. We did the job by beating the odds and finishing first in the group stage. That’s a bonus.” explained Jocelyn Gourvennec to the media. The LOSC coach certainly did not hold the same speech with his players.

Like the words of his captain. “We approach this match like men, with our ability to work, our ability to be a team. We want to show that it’s possible to do something here.”announces José Fonte. “We have our ambition”.

After its fine performances in Seville and Wolfsburg (2-1 and 3-1 wins, in the group stage), Lille is capable of anything. And in particular to sublimate to bring back a result from London. “The truth is that we were present when we had important matches”adds the Portuguese who believes in his team, and in his coach.

What role for Ben Arfa?

While the latter has a full squad, he has all the cards in hand to offer, at least, a solid opposition against European Champion and World Champion.

With strong questions: should he align the Yilmaz-David tandem, very disappointing since the beginning of the year? Or on the contrary, strengthen his midfield? What role should Hatem Ben Arfa be given?

It is on his choices that the LOSC coach is expected. Knowing that the truth will come to you, and that, if it goes wrong, the blame will fall on him.

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