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Chelsea team news and predicted XI vs Borussia Dortmund in must-win Champions League clash

All the latest from the Blues camp

Chelsea play host to high-flying Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening as they look to overturn a 1-0 deficit and head into the last 8 of the competition at the expense of the German side.

A Karim Adeyemi strike separated the two sides in the first leg, and leaves Chelsea, who scored their first goal in 396 minutes of football on Saturday, needing to score at least twice to progress.

But, having taken three points at the weekend, the Blues will be hoping that victory over Leeds will act as a springboard for progress, and hand them enough confidence to overcome the tricky Germans.

Here’s how we expect Graham Potter to line up, and the latest team news from the Chelsea camp.

Predicted XI

Team News

Graham Potter has hinted that his attack is yet to click properly despite a 1-0 win over Leeds United, perhaps leading to changes in the frontline for the clash against Dortmund.

“I think we have to attack better as a team and that’s my responsibility. It’s too easy to zoom into individuals and blame them”, he told the media.

However, his team selection will be somewhat limited by the Champions League rules. None of Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been registered for the knockout stages, while Thiago Silva is sidelined through injury. Meanwhile, academy star Mason Mount will miss the tie through suspension.

One positive will be the return of Reece James, who was rested against Leeds United and brings some much needed balance to Potter’s side. Trevoh Chalobah will also likely come into the side in place of Badiashile in one of few changes from Saturday’s game.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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