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Chelsea vs Malmo FF, Champions League: live score and latest updates

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9:15PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! (Jorginho) Chelsea 4 Malmo 0

Jorginho steps up for his second penalty of the night. He puts it down the middle again! 

9:14PM

PENALTY TO CHELSEA!

Havertz puts it on a plate for Rudiger who is knocked over as he is about to shoot. Penalty is given! Very clumsy indeed.

9:13PM

54 mins: Chelsea 3 Malmo 0

Christiansen is booked for chopping down Kante in the Malmo half. It is just about in range to go for goal. Mount does strike it, but cannot beat the wall.

The rain is starting to come down heavily at Stamford Bridge.

9:09PM

50 mins: Chelsea 3 Malmo 0

Kante and Mount link up once more before Mount fires a cross into the box. It is a dangerous ball but no one latches onto the end of it.

9:07PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAL! (Havertz) Chelsea 3 Malmo 0

Hudson-Odoi comes inside and then plays Havertz in who dinks it over the keeper. Lovely goal, superb work by the two substitutes.

9:06PM

47 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Mount and Kante link up nicely before a loose pass from the Frenchman. Malmo break down the right but Hudson-Odoi does well to break up the play and counter down the left.

9:04PM

The players are back out on the pitch

Two changes for Malmo; the keeper Dahlin off for Diawara, Abubakari on for Birmancevic.

8:49PM

Injuries overshadow impressive half for Chelsea

Chelsea have been superb but losing both Lukaku and Werner to injury could be devastating. Lukaku injured his ankle winning a penalty while Werner’s hamstring went while sprinting in behind.

8:48PM

HALF-TIME: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

It has been all Chelsea so far. Malmo started with lots of energy but that has dipped as the half went on. 

That’s the half.

8:45PM

45 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Hudson-Odoi is on for the injured Werner, who limped down the tunnel after coming off.

Havertz spins and fires a shot into the stands. He is now playing up front.

There are three minutes of added time.

8:43PM

43 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Double bad news for Chelsea! Werner is now injured and coming off – joining Lukaku who already got injured. The German limps off holding his hamstring. This is turning into a terrible night for Tuchel.

Chelsea’s corner is headed clear.

8:40PM

41 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Werner finds space on the edge of the Malmo box, but he takes a shade too long to unleash his shot and it is blocked before threatening the goal.

Havertz breaks into the right side of the box but his shot is tipped behind by Dahlin. Sharp save.

8:38PM

38 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Havertz and Azpilicueta attempt a one-two on the edge of the Malmo box but the German trips over the return pass.

8:36PM

36 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Chelsea win a corner. It beats everyone. Werner dinks a cross back into the box from the other side but Malmo scramble it clear.

The Swedish side have offered very little going forward.

8:32PM

33 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Mount rolls the ball to Chilwell on the edge of the box who curls a tame effort with his right foot straight at the keeper.

Havertz runs in behind, missing a one-on-one from a tight angle. The offside flag then goes up – he was just inches offside.

8:30PM

31 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

A cross finds Chilwell at the back post who acrobatically scissor-kicks it over the bar. Impressive effort from the in-form wing back.

8:27PM

28 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Malmo has their first chance. The ball over the top finds Colak who half-volleys the ball well over the bar.

8:25PM

Christensen took his time to score…

8:25PM

25 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Lukaku went straight down the tunnel after coming off…

8:22PM

22 mins: Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Bad news for Chelsea; Lukaku is coming off! He limps to the sideline and is replaced by Havertz.

8:21PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! (Jorginho) Chelsea 2 Malmo 0

Lukaku has stayed down after that challenge. He is receiving medical treatment. Lukaku is now up, but he is limping around.

Jorginho steps up and slots the penalty down the middle. Never in doubt…

8:18PM

PENALTY TO CHELSEA!

Lukaku is hacked down as he holds off Nielsen while breaking into the six-yard box. Easy decision this time.

8:17PM

18 mins: Chelsea 1 Malmo 0

The replay shows Jorginho went down rather easily – perhaps it was the right call…

Werner finds some space in the box but cannot bring the ball under control.

8:16PM

16 mins: Chelsea 1 Malmo 0

Jorginho bursts into the Malmo box and goes down under a challenge. It looks like a penalty but no decision comes from the referee!  It looked like there was some contact…

8:15PM

15 mins: Chelsea 1 Malmo 0

Mount takes the free kick but balloons it over the bar and into the stands. What a waste.

8:12PM

13 mins: Chelsea 1 Malmo 0

It has been all Chelsea so far. Malmo cannot maintain possession. Another attack from Tuchel’s side is launched but the final pass has too much on it. Chelsea attack once more and Kante is fouled on the edge of the box. Great position for a free kick, this.

8:10PM

GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! (Christensen) Chelsea 1 Malmo 0

The corner is cleared, as is the second ball, but the third ball finds Christensen who volleys the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box. Superb finish from the defender!

8:08PM

9 mins: Chelsea 0 Malmo 0

Werner drives forward before passing the ball to the right. The cross into the box is deflected into the path of Lukaku who hits it first time. The shot takes a deflection and almost wrong-foots the keeper who tips it out for a corner.

8:06PM

7 mins: Chelsea 0 Malmo 0

Lukaku peels in behind, squaring the ball to Werner who misses from three yards out! The offside flag then goes up but the replay shows he was onside… A big miss for the German.

8:04PM

4 mins: Chelsea 0 Malmo 0

Chelsea launch an attack down the right before a pass it cut back to Jorginho. The midfielder crosses into the box first time and Chilwell directs a header at the back post off target. The hosts come again, but Lukaku fails to control the box on the edge of the Malmo box.

Rudiger gives away a free kick after a clumsy challenge on half-way.

8:01PM

2 mins: Chelsea 0 Malmo 0

Malmo press high up the pitch as Chelsea dominate the opening minutes. Good intent from the visitors.

7:59PM

Here we go!

Malmo get us under way.

7:56PM

The players are out onto the pitch

A decent crowd is starting to build at Stamford Bridge.

7:46PM

Thomas Tuchel speaks before kick-off

“It is a strong team. We want to be at our top level, there is no other way to win in Europe. It is important to start strong and impose intensity, play our game in the opponents half. 

“We want five or six players in the box at the end of our attacks.”

7:37PM

Chelsea and Malmo have met before

Chelsea and Malmo faced each other in the last 32 of the Europa League in 2018-19, with the English side winning both games and 5-1 on aggregate (2-1 away, 3-0 home).

7:26PM

Chelsea could do with three points tonight

Having lost to Juventus last time out, the reigning champions will feel they need a win tonight to get them back on track for their trophy defence.

They are overwhelming favourites, but we have seen a number of upsets in Europe already this season.

7:16PM

It has been a while since an English team met a Swedish team in the Champions League…

This is the first meeting between English and Swedish teams in the Champions League since the first group stage in 1999-2000, when Arsenal played AIK and beat them twice. Malmo’s only previous meeting in the European Cup with an English team was in the 1979 final, losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in Munich.

7:05PM

Team news recap

Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva all start while Mason Mount is restored to the Chelsea starting XI too, following Saturday’s gritty 1-0 Premier League win at Brentford.

Thomas Tuchel had spoken of tiredness for the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, but both men start as Chelsea looked to have switched back to their regular 3-4-3 formation.

7:00PM

And here is the Chelsea side – Lukaku starts!

6:58PM

Here is how the visitors line up tonight

5:43PM

Good evening and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Chelsea-Malmo

Tuchel believes Lukaku is drained from Belgium’s failures

By Matt Law

Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is drained from Belgium’s failures in the European Championship and the Nations League and that the mental fatigue is impacting him at club level.

Lukaku started his Chelsea return brilliantly with four goals in his first four games, but he is now six club games without a goal since he last scored against Zenit St Petersburg on September 14.

Tonight’s Champions League game against Malmo and Saturday’s visit of Norwich City offer Lukaku the chance to get back among the goals and Tuchel believes Chelsea’s club record £97.5million signing has suffered from his busy schedule with Belgium.

Lukaku was part of the Belgium team that suffered a disappointing Euros, being knocked out by Italy in the quarter-finals, and finished fourth in the finals of the Nations League, losing to France and Italy.

“We are in the process of adapting to each other,” said Chelsea head coach Tuchel. “At this moment it is my opinion, I feel Romelu is a bit overplayed. I think he played in too many competitions over the summer.

“Too many competitions with his country. He played in the Nations League and he is a fantastic athlete and such a competitive guy that he never takes it easy.”

Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time top scorer with 68 goals and Tuchel added: “He wants to be out there and win. He wanted to have a good outcome for the European Championship with Belgium and now in the Nations League it was a huge match for him, it meant a lot personally to play for his country so he takes it seriously.

“If that does not work well he always puts it on his shoulders. He reflects about it and I feel him mentally tired. Not that we have a huge concern just that he does not fully enjoy playing without a second thought. He is overplayed a little bit. This is the key point, once he finds his rhythm and once he finds it a bit easier. It is difficult to judge whether he needs a break or is it better to keep him on the pitch?”

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Romelu Lukaku’s form has dipped after a fast start

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Tuchel rested both Mason Mount and Jorginho for the victory over Brentford last weekend. Like Lukaku, the pair played through the summer at the European Championships for England and Italy.

“The next national break is coming but I feel for him (Lukaku) and for others like Mason and Jorginho, they struggle,” said Tuchel. “They have a lot of weight to carry for their countries. They take it and they love it. But it can become a bit heavy and this is what I feel between the lines with them.”

Tuchel confirmed that Christian Pulisic will once again be missing for Chelsea against Malmo in Group H, with the Blues needing to win after losing to Juventus, with an ankle injury. 

The American has only managed to start one game for Chelsea so far this season and Tuchel said: “There is nothing to worry about in terms of details or that we are hiding details. I cannot give you all of the details because I am not a doctor, but at the moment he has had some setbacks from pain.

“Not from a major injury or complications. It is simply the pain in the ankle that disturbs him. Once these players with quick movements like Christian, once they feel this pain and they are not free in the movement the recovery is not happening.

“You start all over again and you start all over again, and you reach a certain point and the pain comes back. And you have to do a little pause and start all over again.

“So right now we are very, very close. He was so close to coming to team training last week and had a little setback and reaction, by pain. Nothing serious. From there on we go.

“He is very impatient, of course, and he does everything and we can see him suffer in every meeting and every time we meet him here [at the training ground] he is really suffering and he wants to be on the pitch and help us. Everybody is doing his very best. Unfortunately the injury takes its time.”

Chelsea right-back Reece James has revealed he is yet to receive any encouragement that he will retrieve his Champions League winners’ medal that was one of the items that were stolen when his house was burgled last month.

The break-in happened while James was playing for Chelsea against Zenit and, when asked for an update, the 21-year-old said: “There’s no update or leads from the police or anyone. It is tough to take people breaking into my house to take such valuable items. At this moment, there’s nothing I can do but take it and move on.”

James insisted the burglary will not affect his focus while he is playing for Chelsea, adding: “No one wants to lose medals. They mean a lot to every player. Winning a trophy is hard to do so when it gets taken away from you it is tough. It happened and it may well happen again. No one knows but it doesn’t affect how I prepare for a game. I still have the same mentality and mindset.”

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