Potter is unbeaten in his first eight games in all competitions as Chelsea boss as their defensive solidity has returned but finishing off chances remains a big issue.
They will face a RB Salzburg side who are well in the mix for qualification to the knockout rounds too, as a win for the hosts will see them sit top of the table and ahead of Chelsea, Dinamo Zagreb and AC Milan in the standings with one game to go in a very tight Group E.
It’s another early kick-off for Chelsea in this year’s Champions League group stage campaign, for no apparent or obvious reason. Two of our three away games will have now kicked off in the early timeslot despite not once leaving the Central European time zone. UEFA just trying to keep us on our toes I guess!
Not that we should need any extra motivation or impetus. Top spot in the group is on the line, with the winner of this game also guaranteed to advance to the Round of 16, perhaps even as group winners. In our case it would also make the last game, at home against Dinamo Zagreb, a formality, which would be helpful in our attempts to limp across the finishing line for the World Cup break — especially in the sense of injuries and fitness, as well as results — with the prospect of having to face Arsenal (league) and Manchester City (League Cup) before then.
There is of course danger also inherent in looking too far forward, so let’s focus on the task at hand, victory in the land of the Red Bull! (Incidentally, Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz passed away this weekend at the age of 78, following a long illness. May he rest in non-caffeinated peace.)
Date / Time: Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 17.45 BST; 12:45pm EDT; 10:15pm IST
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A win for Chelsea seals their spot in the last 16, while a win for RB Salzburg coupled with a draw between Dinamo Zagreb and AC Milan in the other Group E game will see the Austrian side seal their spot in the knockout rounds.
Graham Potter's Chelsea travel to Austria to face Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Blues are looking to return to winning ways after drawing 1-1 at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday with Brentford also holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw last week.
Red Bull Salzburg are unbeaten in their last 16 matches in all competitions and will kick off this match in second place in Group E.
What time is Red Bull Salzburg vs. Chelsea? Red Bull Salzburg play host to Chelsea at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria. It kicks off at 5.45 p.m. BST on Tuesday, October 25.
Chelsea are just one point away from the Champions League group stages.
While anything other than progression would be considered a disappointment for Chelsea, it was far from guaranteed when Graham Potter was appointed.
So, to be on the verge of progression against RB Salzburg tonight underlines just what a good start to life at the club the former Brighton boss has made.
While beating Salzburg in their own backyard will not be easy, Chelsea look a much better team than the one who drew with the Austrians last mon
A win tonight for Chelsea would put them very much in the driver's seat to qualify from Group E, when that challenge looked almost out of reach after picking up just one point from their opening two games.
A win against Man United over the weekend would have been a great way to enter this evening's game, but the 1-1 draw means the Blues remain unbeaten under Graham Potter's management.
With the reverse fixture against Salzburg having also ended 1-1 last month and it being Potter's first match in charge of Chelsea, things will almost certainly be different this time around and I think with the form the team are in, they will continue this impressive run and get the win.