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Chelsea’s next game is against Lille in the UEFA Champions League, and it’s a game that the Blues must win after losing to Valencia in our opening Champions League clash. The game will be played at the Stade Pierre Mauroy stadium.
Chelsea and Lille have never met before in European competition, and this will be the first time the two sides will be meeting. The two times the two sides have met were both friendlies in 1950.
Lille won the first on their own ground 3-1 in May and the Blues won 3-0 six months later in front of just under 10,000 at the Bridge.
This is our 28th season in European competition and 16th in the Champions League, and this will be the 52nd team we have played in the Champions League.
Lille’s Stade Pierre Mauroy was opened in 2012 with its 50,000 capacity, and it will be the 213th different ground we will play at in competitive action.
Chelsea have a good away record in Europe, and avoiding defeat at Lille will take our unbeaten away run in Europe to eight games which will be a new club record, beating the previous seven set between November 2008 and November 2009.
Lille hasn’t qualified for the Champions League since 2012, and they were well beaten by Ajax on the opening group game.
Chelsea have won more than half of their last 12 Champions League group away games played as top seeds (W 7, D 2, L 3).