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Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea makes a pass during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge - Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Enzo Fernandez of Chelsea makes a pass during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Fulham FC at Stamford Bridge – Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

06:26 PM

Hello everyone

Good evening and welcome to live coverage of what is Graham Potter’s biggest night as Chelsea manager so far as his side travel to Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League.

It is understood that Chelsea’s vast £583 million spend in the last two transfer windows does not mean Champions League success this season – or even a top four finish – is necessary for Potter to remain in his post.

That said, his side’s poor form in recent weeks has been impossible to ignore and, even if it’s only to bolster his reputation within Chelsea’s fanbase, a good performance this evening feels important.

It’s quite incredible that this is the first ever meeting between Dortmund and Chelsea, considering the pre-eminence of both in European football over the past two decades.

And in truth it could not have come at a better time for Dortmund, who come into this one as one of the form teams in Europe on the back six straight in all competitions.

Their squad has a youthful balance of experience and youth and in Jude Bellingham, manager Edin  Terzic has a midfielder capable of dominating the middle of the park against any team in Europe.

It feels appropriate then that this evening will see Bellingham pitted against another highly touted young midfielder in Enzo Fernandez – the most expensive signing in the history of British football.

His price may been eyewatering but the early signs are that Chelsea have signed a proper midfielder in Fernandez.

His ability to dictate the tempo of games has been in evidence in his two appearances since arriving at Stamford Bridge and that, along with flashes of brilliance from Joao Felix, has offered Chelsea fans some solace amid their continued malaise.

What they really need though is a win. Chelsea has won just three of their last 14 in all competitions and winless in their last nine. The tide must soon start turning.

Full team news from 7pm.

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