Rennes vs Chelsea

Rennes vs Chelsea: Can the Blues keep winning? For the second time in November Chelsea is facing Rennes so we’re starting our build-up with the big numbers ahead of the game…

Chelsea vs Rennes head to head

Chelsea visit Rennes in European competition for the first time.

Our only previous meeting was at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 3 this season.

The Blues have won two of our nine away matches against Ligue 1 opposition (with five defeats, two draws). The wins are 2004/05 Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 group stage and last season at Lille also in the group stage (2-1).

Rennes’ biggest home win in Europe

15/07/2001 Rennes 5-0 Synot – Intertoto Cup first round

Chelsea’s biggest away win in the Champions League

20/10/1999 – Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea – first group stage
25/11/2014 – Schalke 0-5 Chelsea – group stage

Rennes vs Chelsea: Can the Blues keep winning?

Matchday 3 line-ups

CHELSEA 3 RENNES 0
Champions League Group E, Stamford Bridge, 04.11.20, 8pm

Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva (Rudiger 67), Chilwell (Emerson 63); Kante (Kovacic 63), Jorginho (c), Mount; Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 74), Abraham (Giroud 63), Werner
Unused subs: Caballero, Ziger, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso
Booked: Kante 26, Ziyech 31, Jorginho 65, Kovacic 79
Scorers: Werner 10 (pen), 41 (pen), Abraham 50
Head coach: Frank Lampard

Rennes (4-1-4-1): Gomis; Traore, Da Silva (c), Aguerd, Dalbert; Nzonzi (Grenier 62); Gboho (Del Castillo 62), Lea Siliki (Truffert h/t), Bourigeaud, Terrier (Doku 62); Guirassy (Hunou 76)
Unused subs: Salin, Bonet, Nyamsi, Assignon, Rutter, Omari, Ugochukwu
Booked: Dalbert 9, Del Castillo 89
Sent off: Dalbert 40 (two yellow cards)
Head coach: Julien Stephan

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)

Rennes vs Chelsea: Can the Blues keep winning?

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are looking to win three consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since December 2015.

Frank Lampard’s side are aiming to extend our unbeaten run to nine games since we were eliminated on penalties to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup. Our only defeat in 90 minutes this season (13 games) was against Liverpool when we played the last 50 minutes with 10 men.

This game will be our 100th game in the group stage of the Champions League (excluding the second group stage in 1999/2000). We have won 59 and lost 15 of the 99 games played so far.

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Frank Lampard’s side are unbeaten in eight Champions League group matches since our home defeat to Valencia on matchday one last season (five wins, three defeats).

Chelsea are looking to keep a clean sheet in four consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since we managed six between October 2007 and March 2008 with Petr Cech or Carlo Cudicini in goal.

Chelsea have started a Champions League campaign with three consecutive clean sheets in the group stage for the fourth time after 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2009/10. We have never managed four shut-outs in our first four group matches.

Rennes old boy Edouard Mendy has kept seven clean sheets in his nine appearances for the Blues and has only conceded two goals. He also didn’t concede in both Senegal’s recent internationals.

Edouard Mendy

Timo Werner has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven Champions League games (four goals and three assists). He has scored his last four Champions League goals from penalties (and five of the last seven).

In the home game against Rennes, Reece James’ assist to Tammy Abraham was the first time two Englishmen combined for a home Champions League goal for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since March 2012 – Frank Lampard to John Terry against Napoli.

Tammy Abraham is looking to become the first Blues player to score in four consecutive Champions League starts since Nicolas Anelka who managed five in a row in February 2011.

Abraham

Our 3-0 victory on Matchday 3 was the biggest home win by a side under an English manager in the Champions League since Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham beat Werder Bremen (3-0) in November 2010.

Rennes vs Chelsea: Can the Blues keep winning?

Milestones

If selected, Olivier Giroud will make his 50th start for Chelsea in all competitions.

Rennes stats

Last season
Ligue 1 – third
Coupe de France – semi-finals
Coupe de la Ligue – round of 16
Trophee des Champions – runners-up
Europa League – group stage
Top scorer all competitions: M’Baye Niang 15

Champions League results so far

Krasnodar (h)   D 1-1   Guirassy (pen)
Sevilla (a)          L 0-1
Chelsea (a)       L 0-3

Rennes are making their European Cup/Champions League debut in 2020/21 having finished third in Ligue 1 last season. They are playing in Europe for the third successive season.

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Rennes have lost five of their past six games in all competitions and haven’t scored in the last three.

Rennes have won one of their last 10 European matches (seven defeats and two draws).

The Brittany side have won nine of their last 17 home European matches, losing two.

Rennes have won their previous two home games in European competition against English sides, beating Arsenal (3-1) in the Europa League in March 2019 and a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa in the Intertoto Cup in July 2001.

Rennes have kept one clean sheet in their last 13 European games, conceding 21 goals in the process.

On Friday, Julien Stephan’s side lost 0-1 to Bordeaux. They are now seventh in Ligue 1 with 18 points from 11 games, six points behind leaders PSG.

Rennes most recent Ligue 1 line-up

Friday 20 November
Rennes 0 Bordeaux 1
Team 4-2-3-1: Gomis; Soppy (Traore 59), Da Silva (c), Aguerd, Truffert; Camavinga, Bourigeaud; Del Castillo (Doku 58), Terrier (Hunou 58), Tait (Gboho 70); Guirassy (Niang 77)

Rennes vs Chelsea: Can the Blues keep winning?

Who moved to Rennes in the summer?

Nayef Aguerd – Dijon
Dalbert – Inter Milan (loan)
Jeremy Doku – Anderlecht
Alfred Gomis – Dijon
Serhou Guirassy – Amiens
Steven Nzonzi – Roma (loan)
Daniele Rugani – Juventus (loan)
Martin Terrier – Lyon

Discipline

Rennes full-back Dalbert is suspended following his red card on Matchday 3 at Stamford Bridge.

In the Champions League, three yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.

Booking list
Rennes: Camavinga 1, Da Silva 1, Del Castillo 1, Lea Siliki 1, Martin 1, Tait 1, Traore 1
Chelsea: Jorginho 2, Chilwell 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Mount 1, Ziyech 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands
VAR: Pol van Boekel

Kuipers has handled five previous Chelsea games between 2009 and 2015, four of them away fixtures. The only one at the Bridge was the most recent, during which he red-carded Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a bad foul on Oscar. However, after extra time the Parisiens progressed to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule, thanks to a powerful header by current Blues player Thiago Silva.

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