Chelsea evening headlines as Frank Lampard issues Billy Gilmour update, VAR decision made

Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Tuesday, December 1.

Sevilla dealt double injury blow

Sevilla have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their Champions League contest against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

This week, Julen Lopetegui revealed that Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong are unlikely to play due to injury, as reported by the Daily Mail .

The pair were crucial to Sevilla’s success last season, which included a Europa League title, with the former scoring 17 goals from the wing.

On Wednesday, Sevilla and Chelsea will compete to finish top in Group E. Both have qualified for the knockout stages already, but having drawn the first outing 0-0, the winner will secure the group victory as the first tie-breaker is the head-to-head record.

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Ocampos and de Jong’s absence will aid Chelsea’s quest to qualify as group winners for the first time since the 2015/16 season.

UEFA make VAR decision

UEFA revealed that Chelsea’s Champions League match against Sevilla will be the first to feature a remote VAR based in Nyon, Switzerland.

Up until this point, UEFA competitions have featured an on-site VAR. However, after testing a remote method, UEFA will change where decisions are made via VAR.

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“Since the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR), the majority of domestic leagues across Europe have been operating the system from remote centres, away from the stadiums,” UEFA said in a statement.

“While initially implementing onsite solutions due to the international format of UEFA’s competitions, UEFA has now successfully tested and approved a VAR remote technical solution, which is based at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, and will be implemented for the first time in an official capacity for the UEFA Champions League group stage encounter between Sevilla FC…


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