Chelsea FC 2-0 Borussia Dortmund LIVE! Champions League result, match stream, latest reaction, updates today

Chelsea FC 2-0 Borussia Dortmund LIVE! Champions League result, match stream, latest reaction, updates today

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Chelsea picked up the biggest win of Graham Potter’s reign as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

On a run of three wins in 16 matches and trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Germany, the pressure was well and truly on for the Blues to produce a performance that turned the tie and potentially their season around. They did just that, making it back-to-back wins for the first time since October.

What this means for the rest of the campaign and Potter’s time in west London remains to be seen, but Raheem Sterling levelled the tie up before Kai Havertz, at the second time of asking, scored from the penalty spot to end Dortmund’s ten-match winning run and send Chelsea through to the last-eight of the competition they won two years ago.

Chelsea vs Dortmund latest news

  • GOAL! Havertz scores penalty after retake

  • GOAL! Sterling levels the tie on aggregate

  • WOODWORK! Havertz denied by the post

  • Chelsea team news: James starts for Blues

  • Dortmund team news: Meyer in goal

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23:12 , Matt Verri

Just when Chelsea looked down and out, they showed the world why they deserve to be at Europe’s top table.

This was the night where the endless rallying cries from Graham Potter, his players and the Chelsea hierarchy turned into something more.

Borussia Dortmund, with 10 wins on the spin, came to Stamford Bridge holding a 1-0 lead and expected by most to beat a side with just two victories in 12. Yet they were sent packing from the Champions League, and deservedly so.

Potter is often criticised for his demeanor on the touchline, but looked revitalised tonight. He willed his team on, asked for every refereeing decision and yelled instructions at his players.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full report here!

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Bellingham not impressed

22:51 , Matt Verri

Potter’s post-match thoughts...

22:38 , Matt Verri

“There was a fantastic feeling in the dressing room. We have been through a tough period and this competition means a lot for us. We wanted to progress and get into the last eight and it sets us up for the next few weeks.

“It was important we put pressure on them and get the crowd with us. It is not easy to do because they are a top team playing with confidence.

“Credit to the players they gave everything and over the two games I thought we deserved to go through.”

Decisions pay off for the Chelsea boss...

22:31 , Matt Verri

Havertz: We want to keep going

22:25 , Matt Verri

“I don’t know what I was thinking but the referee let me retake the penalty. I was a bit nervous but I scored. I tried to wait and look at the keeper and the second one was a bit easier.

“The last two weeks were hard, we lost a lot of games. Tonight was important this is a big tournament and it’s the last trophy that we can win.

“We showed character and that we want to keep going.”

Big moment for Potter

22:22 , Matt Verri

Graham Potter is fist pumping into the Matthew Harding End, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Is this the turning point? It feels like it inside Stamford Bridge at least and at least Chelsea have something to look forward to and build towards.

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Chelsea ratings

22:14 , Matt Verri

Ben Chilwell 9

Set up Sterling’s goal, won the penalty and made a goal-saving challenge at the other end. Set piece delivery was also on point in a brilliant display.

Raheem Sterling 7

Finished emphatically to break the deadlock having earlier fluffed two one-on-ones - albeit from offside positions - in the first half.

Read our ratings in full here

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

22:11 , Matt Verri

An outstanding performance where Chelsea rediscovered a connection with their fans, kept their season alive and relieve some of the huge pressure on Graham Potter.

Chelsea are not quite done yet.

FT: Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (agg 2-1)

22:09 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are through to the Champions League quarter-finals!

Not particularly pretty in the second-half, but they don’t care one bit. Goals from Sterling and Havertz send the Blues through.

Biggest night of Potter’s time in charge.


22:06 , Matt Verri

90+6 mins: That should be that. Wolf decides to clean out Chilwell and that’s as obvious a free-kick as you’ll see. Doesn’t stop the Dortmund man complaining.

Bellingham then has a couple of attempts at dragging Chilwell to his feet. Left-back doesn’t really appreciate that.

22:05 , Matt Verri

90+5 mins: Dortmund goalkeeper... goalkeeper is up! Here we go.

Cleared out to Can, worked wide. Crossed back in, Meyer is lurking but it drops for Wolf instead. Decent chance, but Fofana launches himself in the way and the shot deflects through to Kepa.

22:03 , Matt Verri

90+2 mins: Chilwell gets into a shoving match, which is definitely because he’s annoyed and not because he’s just trying to waste time. Not at all. Nope. Wolf falls for it.

Potter urging his side to keep the energy levels up, with four minutes to go. Almost there...

22:01 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Pulisic through on goal, poor finish is sent wide. Not that it matters, offside flag then goes up.

Six minutes added on! Could easily have been more, for all there are groans around Stamford Bridge.

21:58 , Matt Verri

88 mins: Potter focusing all his subs on freshening up the midfield. Zakaria is on for Fernandez.

Reyna with so much time on the left, takes an age before clipping a cross straight at James. Real waste that.

21:55 , Matt Verri

85 mins: That’s a poor decision from the referee, basically no contact.

Not that it matters, free-kick drops for Chilwell at the back post and he thumps it up the pitch and out of play on the halfway line.

21:55 , Matt Verri

84 mins: Chelsea barely touching the ball now, but all of Dortmund’s possession is in midfield and at the back. Struggling to find a way through the mass of blue shirts.

The hosts have it here, Loftus-Cheek is away on the counter... apparently not. Referee pulls it back for a foul on Reyna, about 10 seconds after it happened.

21:53 , Matt Verri

82 mins: Sterling and Kovacic coming off for Chelsea, as Kepa gets the armband.

Pulisic is on against his former club, while Loftus-Cheek is also introduced in midfield.

21:51 , Matt Verri

80 mins: Ten minutes to go. Still Chelsea stand firm.

That helps too, Bynoe-Gittens runs it straight out of play. Safe to say Kepa is not exactly sprinting across to retrieve the ball.

21:48 , Matt Verri

78 mins: Fernandez into the book for a foul that gives Dortmund a free-kick in a dangerous position, just over 25 yards out.

Clipped into the box, headed away before Kovacic completes the job more convincingly.

Replays of that Sterling offside show it was incredibly tight. About a toe beyond the last defender.


21:46 , Matt Verri

Here we go again.

Sterling has spent almost the entire night on the shoulder of the last defender. Kovacic slides the pass through, Sterling is away once again.

Gallagher up with him, Sterling slides it to his team-mate who has a tap-in. Flag goes up, VAR confirms it.

21:43 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Sule hammers a low effort towards the far corner, as he skips forward with very little pressure on him. Skids wide.

Dortmund fans still making plenty of noise behind that goal their side are attacking. Blues doing a decent job of slowing things down though.

21:41 , Matt Verri

70 mins: Dortmund seeing plenty of the ball now, as you’d expect. Chelsea looking to sit back in a solid shape. Every blue shirt is within 25 yards of their own goal.

Can slides the ball through into the area, too many shirts there though and the door is slammed shut.

21:38 , Matt Verri

67 mins: First change of the night for Chelsea. Gallagher coming on, Felix the man to make way. Potter very much looking to just see this out now, but there’s a long way to go.

With that VAR check and the penalty retake, got to think we’re looking at the best part of six or seven minutes added on already.

21:35 , Matt Verri

65 mins: Another crucial save from Kepa!

It’s a lovely Dortmund move down the right, played to Wolf and he fires the shot across goal. Strong hand from Kepa, nobody there in a yellow shirt following it up.

That’s less impressive from the Spaniard. Yellow card for some timewasting already. Dear me.

21:34 , Matt Verri

64 mins: Koulibaly almost ends up ten rows back as he flies in to head the ball into the stands. Nearly followed it into the crowd.

Ozcan is off for Dortmund, Bynoe-Gittens is on for the visitors. The 18-year-old was born in London, spent some time in the Chelsea academy.

21:32 , Matt Verri

62 mins: Chelsea have sat back a bit since the goal, not sure that’s their best bet. Dortmund looking fairly dangerous.

Reminder that there’s no away goals rule, so a Dortmund goal now would sent it to extra-time, rather than knocking the Blues out.

21:28 , Matt Verri

58 mins: Reyna into the box, lays it off to Bellingham. Worked wide to Guerreiro, who fires a cross towards the six-yard box.

Drops for Bellingham, six yards out and he somehow shanks the effort wide. Massive, massive chance.

21:25 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Dortmund pushing for an immediate response, as Bellingham drives forward.

Comes to Reyna on the edge of the area, curling effort looks to be heading for the top corner but Chilwell heads it away.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge

21:25 , Matt Verri

Chelsea were probably due a slice of luck after the first half but the decision to allow the retake was incredibly generous for me. At least one blue was leading the players encroaching on the first spot kick.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund | Kai Havertz 53'

21:23 , Matt Verri


At the second time of asking, Havertz puts Chelsea ahead in the tie. Goes for the same corner, this time it’s in.


21:22 , Matt Verri

Or not!

Dortmund players in the box, it will be retaken. Back to you, Kai.


21:21 , Matt Verri


Sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, penalty hits the inside of the post and it’s smashed away to safety.

Huge moment.


21:19 , Matt Verri

Wolf the man to have handled it, as he turned away. Feels harsh.

It’s given though - Chelsea penalty!

21:18 , Matt Verri

48 mins: VAR checking this, fairly length check too. It’s all gone very quiet inside the stadium.

Well then, referee is over to look at the monitor. This could well be given, Chelsea very likely about to be awarded a penalty.

21:17 , Matt Verri

47 mins: Nice turn from Sterling, and he fires it wide to Chilwell. He looks to clip the ball into the box, blocked and met with huge appeals for handball. Referee not interested.

Comes back to Kovacic, who tries his luck from 20 yards out on the swivel. Takes a big deflection and through to the goalkeeper.

Back underway!

21:15 , Matt Verri

Here we go again. Will another 45 minutes be enough to settle this tie?

21:13 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have had 11 shots already, to go with the 21 they managed in Germany. Only one goal to show from that.

Up to 40% possession now, having been well below that in the opening 25 minutes. The Blues came on strong in the final 15 minutes of the half.

Got to feel they need to stay on the front foot now, can’t go back to being passive just because they’re level on aggregate again.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

21:08 , Matt Verri

A great half by Chelsea. Arguably the best passage of play since the World Cup. They could have scored more than one goal but for wasteful finishing. Graham Potter looks like he is enjoying himself out there.

Chelsea badly needed that...

21:04 , Matt Verri

HT: Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

21:01 , Matt Verri

That’s half-time. Chelsea ahead on the night, level on aggregate.

The Blues have had so many chances, thankfully for them some woeful finishing was eventually followed by Sterling’s goal.

Perfectly set up for the second-half!

21:00 , Matt Verri

45+2 mins: Big, big defending from Chilwell.

Bellingham had poked a pass through, Dortmund with so many bodies forward and Reyna was nearly in, but Chilwell reads it well.

Maybe Chelsea do want half-time...

20:58 , Matt Verri

45+1 mins: Chelsea don’t want half-time, the pressure is relentless.

Corner taken quickly, Kovacic then lifts it into the box and Havertz can’t keep the acrobatic effort down on the stretch.

Three minutes added on.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge

20:57 , Matt Verri

Hard to remember a goal that was both so emphatic and so calamitous at the same time. From a sloppy air-kick to a sublime finish.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Borussia Dortmund | Raheem Sterling 43'

20:55 , Matt Verri


At last! Chelsea break away down the left, cut back perfectly for Sterling. He makes a complete mess of the finish initially, but it goes nowhere so still there for him. At the second time of asking, he lashes the ball home.

20:54 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Chelsea are flying now, Dortmund being cut open.

This time it’s played to Chilwell, completely free and running onto it. Slices the first-time shot miles wild. A bit of decent finishing and Chelsea would be 3-0 up here.

20:52 , Matt Verri

40 mins: The lengths Chelsea go to in order not to score. Incredible.

Chilwell swings a free-kick in, Koulibaly completely free at the back post but somehow backheels it with the goal gaping in front of him.

Falls for Felix, his shot is blocked and Dortmund clear. Madness.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:51 , Matt Verri

I think Chelsea have taken a step forward tonight. This is the Champions League, this is a Dortmund on a 10-game win streak, this isn’t Leeds or Southampton.

There’s some real quality on show but the finishing has been poor, Kai Havertz’s volley and offside strike aside.


20:50 , Matt Verri

Cruel from the linesman.

Felix lifts the ball over the top, Sterling looks to be comfortable offside but on we go. He’s in on goal, only the goalkeeper to beat but the effort is saved.

Comes out to Havertz, who curls a lovely finish into the top corner... and then the flag goes up.

20:48 , Matt Verri

36 mins: Chilwell having objects thrown at him as he takes the corner in front of the Dortmund fans.

Almost drops for Kovacic on the edge of the area, he throws himself at the ball but Reyna is there to hack it away to safety.

20:47 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Good strength from Sterling out wide, holds Can off and wins a throw-in. Signs that Chelsea are just starting to enjoy a slightly better spell.

Would hardly know they’re at home from the chorus of boos that comes every time they have possession.

Felix tries his luck from 25 yards out, deflected wide for a corner.

20:45 , Matt Verri

33 mins: Ball pinged out to Chilwell, first-time cross is cleared out to Kovacic who goes for a very ambitious volley. Would have been incredibly special, instead it’s incredibly harmless.

Chelsea do look dangerous when they come forward, just not happening enough at all.

20:43 , Matt Verri

31 mins: Chelsea fans getting increasingly frustrated, as the referee gives a flurry of free-kicks to Dortmund. Needless fouls from the Blues.

Whipped into the box, Kepa off his line to punch it away. Felix looks to play Sterling away on the counter, Meyer quickly out to mop that up.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:41 , Matt Verri

Havertz hits the post. It was unlucky ,as his reaction shot was good. It came from Reece James creating the moment with a wicked cross that Marius Wolf scrambled to defend.

20:40 , Matt Verri

28 mins: OFF THE POST!

Chelsea so, so unlucky. Brilliant ball in from James, cleared out to Havertz just inside the box. He hits it first-time, doesn’t catch it particularly well but it hits the inside of the post, rolls across the line and out of play.

20:38 , Matt Verri

26 mins: Dortmund with more than 70% possession so far, been incredibly easy for them to pass it around.

Can down after a collision with Havertz, brief pause in play while he rolls around for a bit and ties his laces. He’ll be fine.

20:36 , Matt Verri

24 mins: Kovacic runs into Bellingham, as the Englishman wins it back for his side.

Ball played through to Reyna, he gets to the byline and fires it across the face of goal... nobody there for a tap-in. Reyna couldn’t have done more from there.

20:34 , Matt Verri

22 mins: Midway through the first-half, Dortmund will be pretty happy with how it’s gone. So confident on the ball, Chelsea struggling to win it back.

Blues not really pressing high, content to just sit off for now. That will have to change at some point.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:32 , Matt Verri

Dortmund are edging their way back into this game. They’re controlling possession brilliantly with a patient brand of build up play, eating into the confidence gained by Chelsea in a frenetic early spell.

As often is the case with Chelsea these days, they can start well but can they sustain it? Can they actually score?

20:31 , Matt Verri

19 mins: Chelsea have barely had a kick in the last five minutes. That strong early spell feels a long time ago.

This is better, Havertz slides a pass through to Sterling. He looks to play in James out wide, but that’s a really poor ball.

Dan Kilpatrick at Stamford Bridge

20:29 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are definitely edging the play but there is little doubt about which set of fans are on top. There’s constant wall of noise from the Dortmund fans in the Shed End who are making the most of their night in London so far.

20:28 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Fofana gives away a silly free-kick, really dangerous position.

Reus one of those standing over it. He’s the one to take it... great save from Kepa! That was curling into the corner, Spaniard scrambles across and palms it away.

20:25 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Handball from Felix, Dortmund will bring the centre-backs up and launch this into the box.

Or not, taken short. Reus then does send the ball into the area, headed away though fairly comfortably. This is a decent spell for Dortmund, one that has halted that early Chelsea charge.

20:24 , Matt Verri

12 mins: Plenty of space for Chelsea in transition, Kovacic makes a mess of the pass this time though just as Felix and Sterling were breaking away.

Dortmund happy to slow things down and just keep the ball when they’re in possession. No need for them to rush anything.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:22 , Matt Verri

Graham Potter is waving his arms in the air and screaming his team to push for an early goal. A sight you don’t expect to see!

20:21 , Matt Verri

9 mins: Havertz now in behind, gets a nudge as he fires the shot away and then sends him off balance. Blazes high and wide.

Brief concern for Chelsea as Felix goes down after turning awkwardly on the touchline. Looks to be back up and moving fine though.

20:18 , Matt Verri

7 mins: Sharp from Felix, chops onto his left foot and into the box... shot is blocked as Meyer flies off his line. Corner Chelsea. That’s got the crowd up again, Potter urging them on.

Chilwell takes, Koulibaly does get on the end of it this time, heads wide. Entertaining start to the match!

20:17 , Matt Verri

5 mins: That change has been made. Chelsea with a free-kick out wide in a good position.

James whips it in towards the back post, Koulibaly lurking but it’s flicked away by Wolf. Really good defending.

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:15 , Matt Verri

Raheem Sterling with a cliche ‘happy to see the offside flag go up’ moment. He was incredibly hesitant when played in one-on-one with goalkeeper Alexander Meyer, wasting the potential chance.

Blow for Dortmund already - Julian Brandt is going off injured for Gio Reyna.

20:14 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Dortmund straight on the front foot and they win a corner in the opening minute. Brandt over to take it.

Decent ball in, met with a scuffed shot that Chelsea are able to block and then clear. Pitch covered in yellow flag.

For those able to see it through it, they watch with frustration as Sterling is played in behind, stops, stands on the ball, looks around, pokes the ball straight at the goalkeeper. He knew he was offside and the flag eventually went up.


20:12 , Matt Verri

Original delay not enough for the referee to get his microphone working, so another pause.

Thankfully it’s a brief one - we’re up and running on a huge night in west London!

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

20:11 , Matt Verri

A yellow smoke bomb has been let off in the Dortmund away end. It makes for a special atmosphere but the authorities won’t like it.

Here we go!

20:08 , Matt Verri

Players are out onto the pitch, both sets of fans are right up for this.

Chelsea fans haven’t exactly been thrilled with life this season, but they’ve put that to one side. In fine voice tonight.

20:04 , Matt Verri

Liverpool almost certainly out, Chelsea and Tottenham with first-leg deficits to overcome. Manchester City only level with Leipzig after their trip to Germany.

Not exactly a vintage showing from Premier League sides in the Champions League last-16 so far.

Blues looking to get things back on track tonight.

Not long now!

19:57 , Matt Verri

Reminder that kick-off is now at 8:10pm, so just under 15 minutes to go.

Brilliant atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, with Dortmund’s fans more than playing their part. Away end is bouncing.

Chelsea could really do with a quick start here. Goals such a problem for them in recent weeks, an early one would be absolutely ideal.

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Felix: Maybe I will stay at Chelsea

19:51 , Matt Verri

Joao Felix has suggested that he wants to make his loan move to Chelsea permanent.

Having arrived in January on a six-month loan that is costing the Blues £11million, a new fee would need to be agreed to see the 23-year-old remain in west London beyond the summer.

Despite his side’s poor run of form in front of goal, the Portugal international has quickly become a fan favourite. Speaking ahead of this crucial second leg, Felix delivered his thoughts on remaining at Stamford Bridge.

“In terms of if I want to stay or not? I think in the future, nobody knows,” he said on Monday. “I am just focused on tomorrow’s game.

“After that, we don’t know what will happen. Maybe I will be here. This league is amazing, everyone in the club is so good so maybe I could be here.”


Pre-match thoughts from Potter

19:46 , Matt Verri

“It’s nice to have the win after the weekend. It felt like a good performance against Dortmund, we should have scored maybe but that’s where we’re at.

“We’re looking forward to playing well and hopefully going through. The most important thing is the team, the club, so my job is to help the team win - it’s not about me.

“The spirit has been really good despite results. We want results to improve, we’re very privileged and grateful to be here. We can turn it round and we have to be positive.”

How the first leg played out...

19:38 , Matt Verri

Dortmund with the narrow advantage then, after their win in Germany.

Adeyemi was the hero that night after his brilliant goal proved to be the winner - he’s out with injury tonight in a big blow to the visitors.

Chelsea had plenty of chances in the match, so they’ll fancy their chances of getting themselves right back in this tie.

Kick-off delayed

19:32 , Matt Verri

BT Sport reporting that kick-off has been delayed by ten minutes, so we’ll be getting underway at 8:10pm GMT.

The Dortmund bus was late getting to the stadium, held up by a blockage at the entrance, and things have now been pushed back slightly.

Warm-up time!

19:29 , Matt Verri

Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

19:22 , Matt Verri

Reece James is undoubtedly a huge boost for Chelsea, arriving in for a makeshift wing back in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Marc Cucurella is chosen ahead of Trevoh Chalobah.

Christian Pulisic could face his former club at some point, having been named on the bench.

Bellingham to star?

19:16 , Matt Verri

Plenty of talk that Jude Bellingham will be a Premier League player next season, though with who remains to be seen.

For now, he’s very much with Borussia Dortmund and one of their key men. Four goals and an assist so far for Bellingham in the Champions League this season - every chance he adds to that tally tonight.

Felix: Havertz will score

19:11 , Matt Verri

Kai Havertz has been backed by Joao Felix to rediscover his scoring touch and help lead a Chelsea fightback tonight.

Havertz has managed just two goals since the World Cup and has gone seven games without finding the net, a run stretching back almost two months and spanning 582 minutes of football. But Felix is confident the German will recapture his form, starting here against Dortmund.

Failure to progress in Europe would increase the pressure on the head coach and, with Chelsea 10th in the Premier League, all-but end their hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.

“Kai is an amazing player, everyone knows who he is and what he has done for the club,” said Felix. “In football, sometimes you are on a streak to score every game and then every time you don’t score, but you just have to keep working.

“Kai is a really good guy, he never stops working, he is always searching to be better and he will score.”

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Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge

19:02 , Matt Verri

Fans could be in trouble

18:55 , Matt Verri

Chelsea supporters lit flares outside Stamford Bridge ahead of their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, risking prosecution from the police, writes Nizaar Kinsella.

Around a dozen supporters had pyrotechnics outside the stadium, sparking a response from police on horses and spotters to record the scene.

Stewards working from the club rushed to stop those on Fulham Road from entering the stadium.

Graham Potter has been trying to whip up an atmosphere ahead of a match that represents a final chance of silverware. They were, however, warned in a club statement about a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to flares this season.

Those identified could face ‘a permanent criminal record, which may affect their employment and education, and could result in a prison sentence’, a statement read. Chelsea could also ban fans for up to three years.

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James gives Chelsea boost

18:51 , Matt Verri

James is indeed fit for Chelsea in a big boost, starting at right wing-back. Koulibaly, Cucurella and Fofana get the nod in the back three.

It’s Fernandez and Kovacic in midfield as expected, with Havertz getting the nod to leane the line. Mudryk once again on the bench.

Kobel only fit enough for the bench for Dortmund, so Meyer starts in goal. Haller up front, with Reus and Brandt in wide areas. Bellingham will be looking to impress back in England.

Dortmund team news

18:42 , Matt Verri

Dortmund XI: Meyer, Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Can, Ozcan, Bellingham, Brandt, Reus, Haller.

Subs: Kobel, Unbehaun, Reyna, Dahoud, Hummels, Modeste, Malen, Meunier, Passlack, Rothe, Bynoe-Gittens, Coulibaly

Chelsea team news

18:36 , Matt Verri

Chelsea XI: Kepa; Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Fernandez, Kovacic, Chilwell; Sterling, Felix, Havertz

Subs: Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Mudryk, Zakaria, Ziyech, Gallagher, Chukwuemeka, Hall

Chilwell: We need to push on

18:29 , Matt Verri

Ben Chilwell says that Chelsea’s confidence has grown but wants victory over Borussia Dortmund to set Graham Potter’s side up for the rest of the season.

The Blues ended a six-game winless run with a 1-0 victory over Leeds on Saturday after Wesley Fofana headed in Chilwell’s corner in the second half.

Speaking ahead of a crucial return fixture in a competition which represents the club’s last chance at silverware this season, Chilwell issued a rallying cry.

The wing-back said: “We know the performances and the results haven’t been up to Chelsea’s standards. That’s all we care about.

“We know that we need to keep working hard. Saturday was a win but we don’t want to get carried away. We want to win every game at Stamford Bridge.

“It is a step in the right direction but we need to push on now. If we can get a win on Tuesday, that can hopefully set us up for the rest of the season.”

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Chelsea to be transformed?

18:19 , Matt Verri

Reece James’s return to fitness might be just the boost Chelsea need ahead of a season-defining night.

The 23-year-old is expected to be fit to start at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea bid to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

For Graham Potter, the timing of his return might be crucial. Pressure on the head coach slightly alleviated after a 1-0 win over Leeds on Saturday, but tonight could have a significant bearing on his future.

James missed the Leeds game with a tight hamstring, but he trained yesterday and Potter hopes he can have a transformative effect on his struggling team.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full preview here

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Dortmund in the building!

18:10 , Matt Verri

Standard Sport prediction

18:04 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have just about improved from a first leg that they certainly created enough chances in. They have also been slightly boosted by the win over Leeds last time out, a rare feeling for the Blues in recent weeks.

However, Dortmund know they only need to avoid defeat to qualify for the next round and are on a run of ten straight wins. They will fancy themselves to get the job done.

A 1-1 draw.

Dortmund team news

17:58 , Matt Verri

Dortmund are facing a night potentially without first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, who had to be replaced by Alexander Meyer after suffering an injury in the warm-up of Friday’s win over RB Leipzig.

Kobel has made the trip but it remains to be seen if he will be able to play any part tonight. Donyell Malen is fit for the visitors, but first-leg match-winner Karim Adeyemi is out along with Youssoufa Moukoko, Julien Duranville and Mateu Morey.

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Atmosphere building...

17:51 , Matt Verri

Chelsea team news

17:45 , Matt Verri

Reece James has offered a boost to Chelsea by returning to training after missing the win over Leeds with a tight hamstring, while Christian Pulisic is also back in contention against his former club. He will likely be on the bench.

However, this match will come too soon for all of Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Edouard Mendy and Armando Broja. Meanwhile, Mason Mount is both injured and suspended for the second leg of this last-16 showdown.

Benoit Badiashile, who excelled against Leeds, will need to be replaced after not being selected for the UEFA squad list in early February. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Datro Fofana and Noni Madueke are also unavailable.

Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Kepa; Chalobah, Koulibaly, Fofana; James, Enzo, Kovacic, Chilwell; Sterling, Havertz, Felix.

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How to watch Chelsea vs Dortmund

17:38 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, tonight’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the BT Sport website and app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action tonight right here, with expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Stamford Bridge.

Good evening!

17:31 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund!

Huge night for Graham Potter and his side. They’re trailing 1-0 after the first leg in Germany, so need some sort of win tonight to send it to extra-time at the very least. Fortunately for them, the away goals rule is not in place.

We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm GMT from Stamford Bridge. Stay with us!

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