For the second time in November Chelsea face Rennes and we continue our build-up with the important numbers ahead of the game...
Chelsea vs Rennes head to head
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).
Rennes’ biggest home win in Europe
15/07/2001 Rennes 5-0 Synot - Intertoto Cup first round
Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League
20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - first group stage25/11/2014 - Schalke 0-5 Chelsea - group stage
Matchday 3 line-ups
CHELSEA 3 RENNES 0 Champions League Group E, Stamford Bridge, 04.11.20, 8pm
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva (Rudiger 67), Chilwell (Emerson 63); Kante (Kovacic 63), Jorginho (c), Mount; Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 74), Abraham (Giroud 63), WernerUnused subs: Caballero, Ziger, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, AlonsoBooked: Kante 26, Ziyech 31, Jorginho 65, Kovacic 79Scorers: Werner 10 (pen), 41 (pen), Abraham 50Head coach: Frank Lampard
Rennes (4-1-4-1): Gomis; Traore, Da Silva (c), Aguerd, Dalbert; Nzonzi (Grenier 62); Gboho (Del Castillo 62), Lea Siliki (Truffert h/t), Bourigeaud, Terrier (Doku 62); Guirassy (Hunou 76)Unused subs: Salin, Bonet, Nyamsi, Assignon, Rutter, Omari, UgochukwuBooked: Dalbert 9, Del Castillo 89Sent off: Dalbert 40 (two yellow cards)Head coach: Julien StephanReferee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in eight Champions League group matches since our home defeat to Valencia on matchday one last season (five wins, three defeats).Chelsea are looking to keep a clean sheet in four consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since we managed six between October 2007 and March 2008 with Petr Cech or Carlo Cudicini in goal.Chelsea have started a Champions League campaign with three consecutive clean sheets in the group stage for the fourth time after 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2009/10. We have never managed four shut-outs in our first four group matches.Rennes old boy Edouard Mendy has kept seven clean sheets in his nine appearances for the Blues and has only conceded two goals. He also didn’t concede in both Senegal’s recent internationals.
Timo Werner has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Champions League games (four goals and three assists). He has scored his last four Champions League goals from penalties (and five of the last seven).In the home game against Rennes, Reece James' assist to Tammy Abraham was the first time two Englishmen combined for a home Champions League goal for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since March 2012 – Frank Lampard to John Terry against Napoli.
Tammy Abraham is looking to become the first Blues player to score in four consecutive Champions League starts since Nicolas Anelka who managed five in a row in February 2011.
Our 3-0 victory on Matchday 3 was the biggest home win by a side under an English manager in the Champions League since Harry Redknapp's Tottenham beat Werder Bremen (3-0) in November 2010.
If selected, Olivier Giroud will make his 50th start for Chelsea in all competitions.
Last seasonLigue 1 - thirdCoupe de France - semi-finalsCoupe de la Ligue - round of 16Trophee des Champions - runners-upEuropa League - group stageTop scorer all competitions: M’Baye Niang 15
Champions League results so far
Krasnodar (h) D 1-1 Guirassy (pen)Sevilla (a) L 0-1Chelsea (a) L 0-3
Rennes are making their European Cup/Champions League debut in 2020/21 having finished third in Ligue 1 last season. They are playing in Europe for the third successive season.Rennes have lost five of their past six games in all competitions and haven’t scored in the last three.Rennes have won one of their last 10 European matches (seven defeats and two draws).The Brittany side have won nine of their last 17 home European matches, losing two.Rennes have won their previous two home games in European competition against English sides, beating Arsenal (3-1) in the Europa League in March 2019 and a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa in the Intertoto Cup in July 2001.
Rennes have kept one clean sheet in their last 13 European games, conceding 21 goals in the process.On Friday, Julien Stephan’s side lost 0-1 to Bordeaux. They are now seventh in Ligue 1 with 18 points from 11 games, six points behind leaders PSG.
Rennes most recent Ligue 1 line-up
Friday 20 NovemberRennes 0 Bordeaux 1Team 4-2-3-1: Gomis; Soppy (Traore 59), Da Silva (c), Aguerd, Truffert; Camavinga, Bourigeaud; Del Castillo (Doku 58), Terrier (Hunou 58), Tait (Gboho 70); Guirassy (Niang 77)
Who moved to Rennes in the summer?
Nayef Aguerd - DijonDalbert - Inter Milan (loan)Jeremy Doku - AnderlechtAlfred Gomis - DijonSerhou Guirassy - AmiensSteven Nzonzi - Roma (loan)Daniele Rugani - Juventus (loan)Martin Terrier - Lyon
Rennes full-back Dalbert is suspended following his red card on Matchday 3 at Stamford Bridge.
In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Booking listRennes: Camavinga 1, Da Silva 1, Del Castillo 1, Lea Siliki 1, Martin 1, Tait 1, Traore 1Chelsea: Jorginho 2, Chilwell 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Mount 1, Ziyech 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands VAR: Pol van Boekel
Kuipers has handled five previous Chelsea games between 2009 and 2015, four of them away fixtures. The only one at the Bridge was the most recent, during which he red-carded Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a bad foul on Oscar. However, after extra time the Parisiens progressed to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule, thanks to a powerful header by current Blues player Thiago Silva.
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