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Chelsea line up vs Rennes

Frank Lampard makes changes in defence, midfield and attack for Chelsea's visit to Rennes. 

In all there are four alterations to the team that started in Newcastle on Saturday. Thiago Silva returns having not travelled to the North-East after the international break, and there is also a place for Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back. Reece James and Toni Rudiger make way. 

In midfield, Jorginho comes in for N'Golo Kante at the base of the three, with Callum Hudson-Odoi preferred to Hakim Ziyech on the right side of the attack. 

The 12-strong bench includes everyone else who has travelled to Brittany. 

Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Werner. 

Subs: Kepa, Caballero, James, Tomori, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson, Alonso, Kante, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud. 

For Rennes, defender Dalbert is suspended following his sending-off at Stamford Bridge three weeks previously, while highly-rated 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga starts in midfield.

Rennes (4-3-3): Gomis; Traore, Da Silva, Nyamsi, Truffert; Nzonzi, Bourigeaud, Camavinga; Doku, Guirassy, Lea Siliki

Subs: Salin, Grenier, Niang, Maouassa, Gboho, Tait, Del Castillo, Hunou, Assignon, Soppy, Rutter, Omari

Stats recap

Chelsea visit Rennes in European competition for the first time.

Our only previous meeting was at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 3 this season. 

The Blues have won two of our nine away matches against Ligue 1 opposition (with five defeats, two draws). The wins are 2004/05 Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 group stage and last season at Lille also in the group stage (2-1).

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are looking to win three consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since December 2015.

Frank Lampard’s side are aiming to extend our unbeaten run to nine games since we were eliminated on penalties to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup. Our only defeat in 90 minutes this season (13 games) was against Liverpool when we played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.
 
This game will be our 100th game in the group stage of the Champions League (excluding the second group stage in 1999/2000). We have won 59 and lost 15 of the 99 games played so far.

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