Chelsea squad flies to Malmo

The Chelsea squad arrived in Malmo this evening ahead of our Europa League round of 32 first leg game against the Swedish side.

The Blues are looking for a positive result to take into next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge, and to begin banishing the memory of Sunday’s defeat at Manchester City.

Maurizio Sarri brings with him a strong squad to face Uwe Rosler’s side, including Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain.

Sarri and one of his players will speak to the media at a press conference at Malmo’s stadium, and you can follow live updates on our official Twitter feed @chelseafc.

Tomorrow’s game takes place at Malmo New Stadion and kicks off at 8pm UK time.

Chelsea travelling squad

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Willy Caballero
Jamie Cumming
Antonio Rudiger
Cesar Azpilicueta
Davide Zappacosta
Ethan Ampadu
Andreas Christensen
David Luiz
N’Golo Kante
Mateo Kovacic
Ross Barkley
Eden Hazard
Callum Hudson-Odoi
Gonzalo Higuain
Olivier Giroud

How did we get here?

We arrive at this stage of the competition having topped a group including BATE Borisov, MOL Vidi and PAOK, winning five of our six fixtures.

Malmo qualified via the group stages, playing Besiktas, Genk and Sarpsborg. Due to the Swedish football calendar, this will be their first competitive game in 63 days, since winning at Besiktas.

Historically, they are one of Sweden’s most successful sides, lifting the league championship 20 times, and most recently in 2017. Last year, they finished third. They famously reached the European Cup final in 1979, when they were beaten 1-0 in the final by Nottingham Forest.

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