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Chelsea maintained their unbeaten Champions League start as they strolled to victory over Rennes at Stamford Bridge to continue their smooth progress towards the knockout stage.Frank Lampard's side, who had opened their campaign with a draw at home to Sevilla and a win away to Krasnodar, took full advantage of an injury-hit Rennes side who were then harshly reduced to 10 men before half-time.Timo Werner gave Chelsea a comfortable interval advantage with two penalties, the first after he was fouled by Dalbert and the second when the same defender was penalised for handball - Rennes' sense of frustration exacerbated when the defender received a second yellow card for the offence.The second penalty seemed harsh, as Dalbert blocked an Abraham shot and saw the ball deflect onto his raised arm.German referee Felix Zwayer awarded the contested penalty after a visit to the pitchside monitor, and then sent off Dalbert.Chelsea, who were without Kai Havertz after he returned a positive test for Covid-19, were in total control and emphasised their domination five minutes after the break when a superb delivery from Reece James was turned in at the near post by Tammy Abraham.Chelsea were rarely threatened but new keeper Edouard Mendy thwarted his former club late on with a fine save from Clement Grenier.It was a comfortable three points that puts Chelsea in comfortable control of Champions League Group E.
Referee: Zwayer F. (Ger)
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London)
Chelsea welcome Stade Rennais in this UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group E fixture, having lost just one of their eight UCL fixtures vs French opposition at Stamford Bridge (W5, D2, L1). Solid at the back, the ‘Blues’ now have the opportunity to register a fifth consecutive competitive clean sheet for the first time in over ten years!
The hosts' goalless draw in their opening home UCL group stage game made it just one win across their previous eight UCL home outings (W1, D5, L2), but the fact they have never failed to score in three straight home UCL fixtures should bring them confidence. However, Chelsea are winless in the last six home UCL games in which they conceded first (D2, L4).
Visitors Rennes were on a winless run of five straight competitive games (D3, L2) when they defeated Brest 2-1 at home in Ligue 1 (L1) last time out. In fact, they are still looking for the first UCL victory in the club’s history (D1, L1), but Rennes have at least kept a first-half clean sheet in both of their UCL group stage games.
On the domestic front, the visitors are still unbeaten on the road this L1 campaign (W2, D2), while scoring first by the 35th minute in the last three. Worryingly, Rennes have lost each of their two European road trips vs English opposition, while conceding first in the fifth minute precisely on both occasions.
Players to watch: Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma has scored each of his three league goals this campaign after the hour mark.
Meanwhile, Sehrou Guirassy has netted Rennes’ single goal of this UCL campaign. His four competitive goals this term have come before the 60th minute.
Hot stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in their previous three European matches refereed by Felix Zwayer (W2, D1).
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