Chelsea squad flies out to Russia before Champions League clash with Krasnodar

Chelsea’s squad have flown out to Russia ahead of their Champions League clash with Krasnodar.

Members of the Blues were pictured boarding a flight to Russia with their second group match set for Wednesday.

Frank Lampard’s side drew 0-0 with Sevilla in their opening game and may see the clash with Krasnodar as a must-win.

The likes of Reece James, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were all spotted, as well as Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero.

Krasnodar is a city in southern Russia, near the Black Sea, and is around a 7-and-a-half hour flight from London.

Lampard has been urged to recall three Blues players for the clash having drawn 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin said: “The starting XI for this one will take a great deal of thought from Frank.

“Having drawn with Sevilla, three points would be very handy here, but he has to be careful not to push players too far this early in the season.

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“I am sure he will want as many youthful, energetic and tireless legs on the field as possible, so I will not be surprised if the young guns such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are used from the start.

“Then of course there are the likes of Mateo Kovacic, who could really do with another 90 minutes pretty soon. He should also have plenty of energy to spare.

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“It doesn’t matter that the lads will be in the most comfortable airplane in the skies, travelling is tiring, especially when it involves crossing time zones.”

Abraham and Kovacic were both pictured boarding the plane, though Mount was not in any photos.

That’s not to say the England midfielder is not travelling with the squad, with Mount having been a key figure in Lampard’s squad.

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