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Chelsea will be against French Ligue One side Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Frank Lampard’s side lost their opening Champions League clash against Valencia at Stamford Bridge, and Wednesday night’s clash will be a massive game for the Blues.
The officials for this game have been revealed. The referee for the game is Aleksei Kulbakov and his assistants are Dmitri Zhuk and Oleg Maslyanko.
The fourth official for the game is Denis Scherbakov, while the VAR officials are Artur Dias and Luis Godinho.
Centre ref Kulbakov has only taken charge of one European games this season, a Europa League qualifier featuring PSV Eindhoven and Apollon Limassol, showing 3 yellow cards.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho insists Chelsea will travel to Lille to get a victory. Jorginho also backed our youngsters to learn from the game against Valencia and prove their worth.
“The Champions League is very difficult. But we are ready to go everywhere to try to win,” Jorginho said, according to Standard Sport.
“It is a new experience [for some of the young players], but they are showing how good they are.
“They just have to believe in themselves.”
For Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, he has warned his young Chelsea team that they cannot afford more lapses in concentration if our Champions League campaign is to finally take off.
Lampard said: “For some it will be their first taste of that stuff and they need to learn very quickly because yes.
“Anywhere away in Europe in the Champions League is tough.
“There’s a mindset to it, an approach to it. Concentration levels have to be at maximum.
“It showed against Valencia here when we were the better team but switched off for a second and lost the game.
“We need to learn those lessons fast. We have experienced players in the team and they need to help the young players.”