After a summer of heavy investment, Frank Lampard’s side have endured a somewhat inconsistent start to the new campaign, dropping points to the likes of Liverpool and West Brom, while also exiting the EFL Cup on penalties against Tottenham.
The likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are yet to truly hit their stride, although you get the feeling it is only a matter of time, given their immense quality.
A Champions League tie against Sevilla would be a great time to do just that for Chelsea’s new arrivals, with the Spanish side making a strong start to the new La Liga season — including a 1-1 draw with Barcelona — and still riding high off their Europa League final win over Inter Milan back in August.
Chelsea just barely scraped through their Champions League group last season, while they were taken apart at the round-of-16 stage by eventual winners Bayern Munich. They can expect no favours here from the dangerous Sevilla.
This will be the first ever European encounter between Chelsea and Sevilla. Sevilla have some potent attacking threats on their own, so, combine that with Chelsea’s new arrivals having a point to prove and some rather questionable defensive records, and we should expect a high-scoring affair in which both sides will probably be happy with a draw.
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