Chelsea, current champion, will visit the French club Lille on Wednesday, in the second leg of the 16th day of the European Championship.
Chelsea had won the first leg at Stamford Bridge with two clean goals, and will look to continue their superiority in the second leg to reach the quarter-finals.
However, what appears to be a routine match could be anything but Thomas Tuchel’s side are preparing to travel outside of England for the first time since Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s assets were frozen as part of World Cup sanctions. British government in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Officially, Chelsea’s spending of £20,000 ($26,100) on away games has been restricted, although there are media reports suggesting some flexibility could be applied.
“Nothing has changed for me so far,” Tuchel said after his team’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday. “My latest information is that we have a plane so we can go by plane and come back by plane.”
“If this is not true, we will go by train, if not, we will go by bus, and if this is not available, I will drive a seven-seater and do this,” he added.
He emphasized: “There are some talks about the organization, but it doesn’t affect me because we have wonderful men who organize the trips, and in each department we have very committed people who make things very normal at the moment.”
Chelsea usually have a slight difficulty qualifying at the expense of Lille, which sits sixth in the French League after surprisingly winning the title last season.
The team lacked passion against Newcastle, amid uncertainty over the future of some players whose contracts are expiring and cannot be renewed, but the team managed to win thanks to a late goal from Kai Havertz.
Chelsea are the only ones to defend their lead in the first leg this week, as Juventus meet their Spanish guests Villarreal at the same time after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.
A day before, Ajax will receive the Portuguese Benfica after drawing 2-2 in Lisbon, and Manchester United will receive the Spanish Atlético de Madrid after drawing 1-1.
The rojiblanco team, led by coach Diego Simeone, had the best match in the first leg, but conceded the tie at the end of the match, however, by annulling the rule for counting the goal off the field with two goals, this goal ceased to be. it’s the weight it used to be.
The two teams are looking to finish the local leagues in one of the top four places to play in the Champions League next season, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s three hat-tricks against Tottenham boosted Manchester United’s morale.
“Everyone in this city, all the Manchester United fans, all the players, all the staff, we want to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals,” caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick said.
“I think this game and this result will give us a strong boost for Tuesday’s game,” he added.
The draw for the quarterfinals will take place next Friday, since last week Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City qualified for this round.