CONFIRMED: Date Chelsea vs Lille clash revealed after Dual Draws… Chelsea will face the French champions, Lille in both February and March as they attempt to continue the defense of their European crown. Chelsea now knows exactly when they will take on French champions Lille after being drawn together in the Champions League round of 16. The pair were drawn together twice in Nyon after the initial draw was declared void by UEFA.
However, the same outcome occurred in the end and the Blues’ exact dates for the clashes with the French giants have now been published. The Blues first host Lille at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, February 21 a game that is sandwiched between Premier League clashes with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City.
Meanwhile, the second leg is set to take place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Wednesday, March 16 after hosting Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Following the conclusion of the tie, Chelsea then faces another away trip to take on relegation candidates Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The Blues will certainly be hoping that over the two legs, they have done enough to continue the defense of their Champions League crown and progress to the quarter-finals. First, though, the round of 16 is set to have a slightly different complexion to that of previous iterations of the competition.
The decision was unveiled by UEFA ahead of the 2021/22 season, the ‘away goals’ rule has been removed, meaning that if the aggregate scoreline is level after the second-leg in France, extra-time and then penalties will then be required to determine a winner. As it is now, those draws will be open as they face anyone left in the competition, including fellow English sides and Juventus, even though they were in the same group as Chelsea earlier this term