Chelsea set to start Traore in Champions League

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 12:59

Bertrand Traore: Set to make his first ever Chelsea appearance in Europe

Bertrand Traore is set to make his first appearance for Chelsea in the Champions League against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have now lost three of their opening five Premier League games – the same figure they lost in all of last season – with their title defence already in imminent danger.

Wednesday presents a new test for the Blues, as they begin their quest for the Champions League against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

Striker Traore, 20, has never featured for Chelsea despite joining officially in 2013, but he could be thrust into action as the Blues look for their first home win of the campaign.

Explaining his decision to omit defender Papy Djilobodji from his Champions League squad in order to make space for both Traore and Brazilian Kenedy, Mourinho said earlier this week: “If he is in the Champions League squad, [Bertrand] Traore or Kenedy are not in the list.

“Traore and Kenedy are young players working with us from day one and we believe it can be a fantastic opportunity if they can play a few minutes in the Champions League.”

The Sun on Sunday claim that Burkinabe forward Traore is likely to feature at Stamford Bridge, with first-choice striker Diego Costa having only scored once in five games. Costa also failed to register for Spain against Slovakia and Macedonia earlier this month.

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