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Chelsea start title defence at home to Russian champions


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2021/22 UEFA Champions League

Group H 

Chelsea vs Zenit Saint Petersburg 

Stamford Bridge 
London, England 
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Kick-off is at 22:00 
 
UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea will kick-off their title defence at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg in a Group H clash in London on Tuesday evening. 


Andreas Christensen
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The Blues stormed to a second Champions League crown last season, having enjoyed a complete turnaround in fortunes under Thomas Tuchel's tutelage. 
 
There is a new sense of optimism and belief at Stamford Bridge. The arrival of Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez has further strengthened a Chelsea team eager to add to their trophy haul under Tuchel in the 2021/22 season. 
 
"Everyone is hungry to keep riding the wave we have built since the Champions League win," said Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. 

"Everyone is looking in the same direction. We have had a good start in the Premier League and everyone is looking forward to keep going.

"We are a great team, we know that, but we are still trying to learn and trying to get that perfection in the team. We enjoy coming in to train every day and learning. We are trying to stay humble and to keep working. We have to work so hard to maintain everything we have built so far," he added. 
 
Zenit won a seventh Russian Premier League title last season and are captained by former Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren. 


Romelu Lukaku
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This will be the first meeting between the two clubs. 
 

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Published: 09/13/2021