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MATCH PREVIEW: Can holders Chelsea progress to Quarter-Finals of Champions League amid off-field controversy?

European Champions Chelsea travel to France this evening to face Lille in their Round-of-16 second leg tie amid on going controversy surrounding their owner Roman Abramovich.

Thomas Tuchel’s men take a 2-0 aggregate lead with them to Lille, looking to progress into their third quarter-final in four seasons.

The Blues will look to try and turn their focus away from their off the field issues, following recent controversy surrounding the freezing of their club owner Roman Abramovich’s assets, leaving the club unable to buy or sell any of it’s own assets in turn.

The German has stated his confidence in his teams chances with the advantage they will take into the game, but was noted for joking about the team’s mode of transport for getting to the game, following their new budget limit, stating “We can go by plane and go back by plane. If not we go by train. And if not we go by bus. And if not I’ll drive a seven-seater!”

Goals from Kai Havertz and Christrian Pulisic wrapped up what turned out to be a comfortable victory in the first leg of the tie at Stamford Bridge and the West London side will look to do the same when they travel over the Channel tonight.

Kick off is scheduled for 8pm (GMT) – The other fixture tonight sees Juventus host Villareal at the same time.

In other news, two Premier League games are also live tonight, with title hunting Liverpool hosting top four hopefuls Arsenal, meanwhile Spurs will be looking to capitalise on any dropped points, as they travel to the South Coast to visit Brighton.

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