Chelsea are participating in the Champions League for the 19th time, with only Manchester United (24) involved more among English clubs, and they’ll be hoping to equal the Red Devils for title wins come the end of the campaign. While Chelsea’s first Champions League defence ended in the group stages, last season they made it to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners Real Madrid in a dramatic tie.
Currently sitting sixth in the Premier League, Chelsea haven’t had the greatest of starts to the new campaign, already losing twice to Leeds and Southampton. At the weekend they were fortunate to come away with all three points against West Ham, who saw a late equaliser ruled out for a soft foul on Edouard Mendy – decided by VAR which has led to the Premier League asking PGMOL for an investigation.
While Chelsea join the Champions League at the group stage, Dinamo Zagreb had to go through three qualifying rounds before getting their name in the pot. Due to the Croatian league’s low coefficient, winning the Prva HNL was only enough to secure Dinamo a spot in the second qualifying round, entering the Champions Path. The Croatian side’s first test was against North Macedonian champions Skhupi, which they narrowly won 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 1-0 win away from home in the second leg.
Things were a bit more comfortable for Zagreb in the next round as they beat Hungarian champions Ludogorets 6-3 over two legs, winning both home and away. The final hurdle for the Croatian champions were Bodo/Glimt who had beat Roma and Celtic in the Europa Conference League last season. And Bodo/Glimt won the first leg 1-0 but Dinamo eventually took control to win 4-2 on aggregate, after extra-time.
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Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea match stats
Chelsea may have been knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals last season, but they ended in victory away from home against Real Madrid (in the second leg but not the overall tie). The Blues have an excellent recent record on the road in the Champions League, losing just one of their past 11 away games in the Champions League, winning eight.
With the games coming thick and fast, Thomas Tuchel may opt to rotate and if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t ready to play, Armando Broja could get an opportunity. In his cameo appearances so far in the Premier League this season, Broja has averaged 3.86 shots per 90 minutes and is yet to hit an effort off target.
This will be the first ever meeting between Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea, with the Blues yet to face Croatian opposition in competitive action. Dinamo, meanwhile, have played nine English sides in Europe and have won two of their past three but have an overall record of four wins, three draws and 12 defeats.
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