Chelsea are just one win away from the Champions League knockout stages ahead of this evening’s clash away at RB Salzburg.
While progression into the next round might be something the club have come to expect, the situation was far from that straightforward upon Graham Potter’s appointment last month.
Tonight’s opposition were in fact the former Brighton manager’s first in charge of the club and a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge left the Blues bottom of the group.
Back-to-back wins over AC Milan, however, now have Chelsea sitting top, while Salzburg are second.
Unbeaten since replacing Thomas Tuchel, another three points in Austria would seal the Blues’ spot in first place, setting up a perhaps more favourable tie in the next round while offering Potter the chance to rest key players next week amid the frantic pre-World Cup fixture schedule.
RB Salzburg XI: Kohn, Dedic, Wober, Pavlovic, Bernardo, Gourna-Douath, Seiwald, Kjaergaard, Sucic, Adamu, Okafor
Subs: Mantl, van der Brempt, Piatkowski, Baidoo, Ulmer, Simic, Diarra, Sesko, Walke
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella, Jorginho, Kovacic, Gallagher, Pulisic, Havertz, Sterling, Aubameyang
Subs: Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Mendy, Broja, Mount, Zakaria, Chilwell, Ziyech, Azpilicueta, Chukwuemeka