Nayef Aguerd’s Stade Rennais are under pressure when they travel to Russia in Krasnodar on Wednesday to play a decisive match for a place in the Europa League. For their part, Chelsea and Hakim Ziyech will calmly face Sevilla FC from the Moroccan quartet Bounou, Idrissi, En-Nesyri and El Haddadi, the two clubs qualified immediately for the next phase of the Champions League.
Absent with Rennes during the previous match against Chelsea (1-2) following his contamination with the coronavirus, Nayef Aguerd should make his return against Krasnodar, this Wednesday, December 2 during the penultimate day in the Champions League.
With only one point on the clock each, Krasnodar and Rennes are fighting for third place in a group dominated by Sevilla and Chelsea. A defeat in Russia would eliminate Rennes after the draw (1-1) in the first leg at Roazhon Park.
At the same time, although qualified, Chelsea and Sevilla will not let go in a match that will probably determine which of the two teams will win Group E. The opportunity to see Hakim Ziyech against his compatriots from Sevilla, Youssef En-Nesyri, Oussama Idrissi, Yassine Bounou and Munir El Haddadi.
Both sides have already proven their worth in sidelining Krasnodar and Rennes, securing a place in the bottom 16, and drew in their previous meeting.
The Europa League champions are hoping to send a message with a win here to show that they have completed their degree at the top level and can be treated as a legitimate threat to win the competition.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 2, 2020
Juventus will play at home against Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday with first place in Group G as their only goal, as they are already in the Champions League. The Italians, who beat the Ukrainians 0-2 in October, will keep an eye on the Ferencváros-Barcelona clash.
Either way, Juve and Barca are set to face each other in the last game, a meeting that will likely determine which team qualify for first and second. If Barcelona win in Budapest, the current Serie A champions will need to score three goals in a two-goal win at Camp Nou.
Thursday will be a historic occasion, as it will be the first time that a men’s Champions League match will be led by a woman, with French referee Stephanie Frappart.
Another expected meeting, that of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, a battle between the powers of English and French football on Wednesday.
PSG (tied with RB Leipzig with 6 points) will try to avoid elimination as they fight for points. The good news for the French team is that Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are back on the pitch after dealing with COVID-19 and injury issues.
On the other hand, Manchester United have had a solid run in the Champions League. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have shown the way in attack while Edinson Cavani has had a strong push in recent matches.