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Chelsea Vs Malmo: 3 Things To Keep An Eye On In The Champions League Clash

Chelsea takes on Malmo in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Blues are in second place after winning one and losing the other of their first two games, while their opponents are in last place and have yet to score in the competition.

Chelsea's Champions League defense began with a 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg in September, with Romelu Lukaku scoring the game's only goal.

Thomas Tuchel will have been pleased to see his side win both before and after the international break, though they have to hold on to their 1-0 lead against Brentford in the second half, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to thank for several crucial saves that helped them stay atop the Premier League table.

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Here are 3 things to keep an eye on in the UCL match between Chelsea and Malmo:

1. Squad Depth

This year, one thing is certain: Tuchel will have plenty of choices on and off the pitch. Chelsea have at least two stars at every position, which makes for some fascinating personnel decisions. During this stretch of relative ease, expect the German coach to experiment with numerous formations and starting XIs.

2. Chelsea's Teamwork

In many aspects, the Champions League is a remarkable competition. Chelsea's weak play, on the other hand, is not unique to this year's competition. On all fronts, the Blues have struggled to get off to a good start this season.

They haven't displayed a complete performance since the first game of their Premier League season against Crystal Palace, and much of that is down to Tuchel's early decision to utilize an ever-changing lineup of players.

Injuries, international breaks, and COVID difficulties have made naming a consistent starting XI nearly impossible.

3. Goal difference

At the beginning of the competition, Chelsea narrowly overcame Zenit by one goal at Stamford Bridge. When combined with the team's loss in Turin, there is cause for concern. However, one of the advantages of the UCL is that clubs have six matchdays to turn things around.

Goal differences could determine who wins Group H and who qualifies for the knockout stage as the unfortunate runner-up. If the Blues want to finish first, they need to beat Malmo on Wednesday.


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