Chelsea line up vs Norwich

For Norwich, Billy Gilmour is ineligible. Christoph Zimmermann, Max Aarons, Ozan Kabak and Pierre Lees-Melou all come in.

Chelsea: Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Christensen; Azpilicueta (c), Jorginho, Kovacic, Saul; Mount, Havertz, Werner

Subs: Kepa, Rudiger, Sarr, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Vale, Ziyech, Lukaku

Norwich: Krul; Zimmermann, Hanley (c), Kabak; Aarons, Lees-Melou, Normann, McLean, Williams; Sargent, Pukki

Subs: Gunn, Gibson, Giannoulis, Dowell, Rupp, Placheta, Sorensen, Rashica, Rowe

The referee is Martin Atkinson.

Thiago Silva on sacrifices, football smartness and Kante’s significance

‘I run more from one side to the other, even as part of a back three, but often I win the ball back because these players put good pressure on the opponent in possession.’

Norwich are the league’s bottom side and were beaten 7-0 earlier in the season at Stamford Bridge. However, Thiago Silva is adamant league position and points matter little when preparing for a game in the Premier League.

‘It’s not like we motivate ourselves for specific opponents,’ he added. ‘Regardless of who we face, we’re motivated because we’re representing Chelsea, fighting to win trophies and win games.

‘We don’t look at our opponents to see how many points they’ve got or where they are in the league. Regardless of whether we’re playing them or Liverpool or Manchester City, we always think about working to win games. That’s our motivation and the approach we need to take.

‘It was the same for the FA Cup game recently [against Luton Town]. We faced a second-tier side who caused us a lot of problems so we don’t judge our opponents based on where they are in the league.’

Statement from Chelsea FC

By virtue of his 100 per cent ownership of Chelsea FC plc and affiliated entities, Chelsea FC would normally be subject to the same sanctions regime as Mr Abramovich. However, the UK Government has issued a general licence that permits Chelsea FC to continue certain activities.

We will fulfil our men’s and women’s team fixtures today against Norwich and West Ham, respectively, and intend to engage in discussions with the UK Government regarding the scope of the licence. This will include seeking permission for the licence to be amended in order to allow the Club to operate as normal as possible. We will also be seeking guidance from the UK Government on the impact of these measures on the Chelsea Foundation and its important work in our communities.

The Club will update further when it is appropriate to do so.

Second update on important Lille away ticket news

The ticket selling details, orginally published last week, are as follows: 

Lille (A)
UEFA Champions League round of 16
Wednesday 16 March 
Kick-off 8pm UK time (9pm Local time)

Ticket sales information

Tuesday 1 March from 10am until 5pm ONLINE ONLY: Supporters on the UEFA away scheme can purchase one ticket. Supporters on the scheme will be given 500 temporary loyalty points.

(Please note that due to shortness of time, supporters on the UEFA away scheme will not be removed if they do not purchase tickets for this fixture. However, supporters will be removed if they purchase and do not collect their ticket from the ticket collection point.)

Wednesday 2 March from 10am until 1pm ONLINE ONLY: Season ticket holders can purchase one ticket.

Wednesday 2 March from 2pm until 5pm ONLINE ONLY: Members can purchase one ticket.

Disabled Season Ticket Application Process
Disabled supporters can apply by telephone sale on the disability line 0371 811 2012 or international 0044 207 915 1950 or by downloading the away disabled ticket application form which can be found by clicking here.

Disabled supporters can submit this application form on the relevant sales period detailed above to

Uncollected tickets
Supporters who fail to collect their tickets will not receive any loyalty points.
Uncollected tickets cannot be refunded or resold.

Allocation and stadium entry information
We have received an allocation of 2608 tickets which includes 6 wheelchair spaces & 6 personal assistant tickets. Ambulant tickets will be taken from the main allocation.

Only supporters who have had all three vaccinations will be permitted to enter the stadium. Proof must be shown at the turnstiles to gain entry which can be in the form of a QR code.

Lille have provided a second update today (28 February) relating to the second leg on 16 March. Supporters are advised to follow the link below whereby information on what vaccinations are required to enter the stadium is provided in more detail.

Business season tickets or multiple season tickets in one name
Season tickets held in a business name (as determined by the Club) cannot purchase tickets for UEFA away matches.

Any season ticket holder who holds two or more season tickets in one name can only purchase one UEFA away match ticket.

Tickets purchased using season tickets in a business name or multiple names will have the ticket order refunded.

Collection Procedure
Once the fully completed declaration forms have been received a voucher will be emailed to the lead supporter who made the booking.

In order to collect the ticket each individual supporter will be required to bring with them in person the voucher and their valid passport. Please note copies of the passport will NOT be accepted and each supporter will need to visit the collection point in person. Tickets cannot be collected on behalf of other supporters.

Further details in relation to the location of the ticket collection point, along with match security and safety information, will be communicated to supporters by email as soon as possible.

Please note the following deadlines are in place for this match:

Declaration forms must arrive with the ticket office no later than 5pm on Friday 4 March.

Supporters who do not receive their voucher must contact the ticket office on Monday 14 March.

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Thursday 3 March.

Declaration form submission
Each supporter will need to fully complete a declaration form once the booking has been made.

The declaration form must be completed accurately including the passport number of the applicant.

Supporters who purchase two tickets or more in one transaction will be required to submit the application forms from that transaction at the same time.

Failure to comply with the above information will result in the declaration forms being returned without tickets issued.

Declaration forms can be submitted by clicking here.

Duplicate tickets
We regret to inform supporters there will be no duplicate tickets available for this match.

Loyalty points
Supporters will receive 5 (five) loyalty points for this match.

Official travel
Applications to travel on the official supporter coach are now closed.

Supporters will be confirmed in order, on a first come first served basis. will inform supporters whether they have been successful for a place on the trip as soon possible. will notify supporters of the ticket cost before taking payment and will distribute match tickets on the coach.

Ticket prices
Adults £37.50
Ambulant £37.50
Ambulant Personal Assistant £37.50
Wheelchair £37.50
Wheelchair Personal Assistant Free of Charge

A £2 administration fee will be added to each transaction

We regret that match tickets once purchased cannot be refunded.

All ticket sales are subject to availability.

Match dates and ticket on-sale dates are subject to change. Please check the website for the latest information.