Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg – “I hope there will be another hundred and another hundred coming,” Thomas Tuchel said when he was asked about reaching a century of games in charge of Chelsea less than a week ago.
The manager who won the Champions League with the club during that run was in a far less upbeat mood after watching his players lose their first group-stage match of the season 1-0 at Dinamo Zagreb. The following morning, he was sacked.
Chelsea are widely thought to have been planning the end of Tuchel’s reign long before abruptly ousting him, which may be part of the reason why Brighton boss Graham Potter was quickly recruited as the former Paris St-Germain coach’s replacement.
Potter’s first assignment will see Chelsea aim to earn their first points of the Champions League season against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg live score
Chelsea: Sterling (48), Okafor (75)
Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg live updates, highlights from Champions League
82 mins: Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg
Potter rolls the dice in attacking style, Azpilicueta and Kovacic making way for Ziyech and Gallagher.
Salzburg earn a corner on the right. Kepa claims.
76 min: Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg
Now those away fans are longer than ever! Silva gets it wrong as he tries to stop Adamu reaching a raking long ball, allowing his target to whip in a low cross from the right that Okafor slides beyond Kepa.
75 min: GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg (Okafor)
Salzburg strike back!
70 min: Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg
Salzburg make a double substitution: Kameri and Adamu are on for Sesko and Sucic.
63 min: Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg
Excellent chance for Salzburg! Substitute Gourna-Douath finds Seiwald in space, who plays a cross straight into the feet of Thiago Silva. They’ve been wasteful in attack for most of this game.
57 min: Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg
The visiting fans will not stop singing. Chelsea fans, in response, are also in full voice.
52 min: Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg
Salzburg are not out of this and you can guarantee Jaissle will not let them give up.
Sesko shows strength to keep James off him and lofts a shot over the crossbar from a useful position.
48 mins: GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Salzburg (Sterling)
Raheem Sterling scores Chelsea’s first goal under Potter! It’s a lovely strike, too, Salzburg’s defence making a hash of clearing a low Mount cross from the right, rolling all the way through to the England forward on the opposite side of the penalty area.
Sterling takes a touch and curls an elegant effort beyond Kohn, dipping under the goalkeeper’s dive and into the far-left hand corner of his net.
46 mins: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Salzburg switch it up for the second half, bringing Gourna-Douath on for Kjaergaard.
Not a huge surprise, given how frustrated their boss looked on the sidelines at times.
Half-time: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg Chelsea want a penalty right before the break, Cucurella screaming that the ball hit a Salzburg arm from a shot inside the penalty area.
The third minute of injury time ticks by and the game is up for Potter’s first 45 minutes as Chelsea manager! Plenty of endeavour, little cutting edge. The hosts are still seeking their first Champions League goal this season.
41 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Sesko spins outside the penalty area in a central position and curls a low drive towards the far corner of Kepa’s net.
The goalkeeper plunges to tip the effort around the post, and the danger fizzles out from the ensuing corner.
39 min: Mount lashes a shot from the right wide when well-positioned. Chelsea could be two or three ahead by now.
35 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
There’s been some sort of issue with the referee’s equipment here, and there’s a break in play while he deals with the problem, during which he calls captains Azpilicueta and Ulmer over.
30 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Chelsea have had seven attempts. Their opponents are yet to have won.
The Salzburg substitutes are warming up.
27 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Jaissle waves his fist and wills his side on after they concede a throw-in deep in Chelsea territory on the right.
Cucurella – Potter’s player of the season at Brighton at the end of the last campaign – has seen plenty of action in this first half.
24 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
A perceptive, sharp pass by Sterling finds Aubameyang inside the penalty area, who tries to shoot first time from an angle on the left, only to be denied by an alert Pavlovic block.
The defender springs up, knowing what an important intervention that is.
22 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Sterling looks in the mood tonight, entering the penalty area and releasing Kovacic with a backheel.
The midfielder, who had a miserable return at Zagreb last week, seems taken by surprise by the half-chance.
19 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Sterling shows quick feet inside the penalty area on the left again, failing to get a shot away but winning a corner.
James swings it in and Chelsea fail to capitalise. Then Salzburg bolt down the left and prove equally incapable of adding a shot on target, to the sound of loud cheers from the home fans.
17 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Potter watch: he’s been predominantly standing with arms folded on the touchline, looking less animated on occasion than the frequently gesticulating Jaissle.
The Salzburg manager has gone for white trainers and no socks.
13 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Now Salzburg do try to create something, Kjaergaard entering space on the left and sending in a delivery that no-one is able to meet. That’s more encouraging for the Austrian Bundesliga leaders.
10 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Okafor blocks a Havertz shot from a Cucurella cross. Salzburg are not offering much back at the moment, as boxing parlance might have it.
7 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Chelsea have been dominant with the exception of one early scare: Kepa misplaced a short pass to Jorginho in dangerous territory, and the Blues were rescued by a foul.
6 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
Chelsea have made much the better start here, Havertz being at the centre of some of their bright, neat passing in the final third. Aubameyang loses his footing when well-placed, then Sterling cannot quite get a shot away after advancing on the penalty area from the left.
4 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
A good early spell of attacking pressure from Chelsea culminates in Aubameyang looping a shot comfortably clear of the crossbar from inside the penalty area on the right. Potter applauds.
1 min: Chelsea 0-0 Salzburg
A minute’s silence was observed by the entire stadium before kickoff as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
15 mins from kickoff: Jaissle looks distinctly cool in the technical area, watching from afar as his players warm up while swigging from a bottle of water.
Members of Chelsea’s new coaching staff, including former full-back Bruno, are out on the turf putting their players through their paces.
30 mins from kickoff: The players are out and warming up!
Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly have all been dropped by Potter in his first team selection as Chelsea manager, representing £148 million of signings — the latter two under owner Boehly.
50 mins from kickoff: Both coaches are looking suave in suits tonight. Potter, predictably, took all of the attention as he answered questions from camera crews pitchside, while Salzburg counterpart Matthias Jaissle waited by the tunnel in his.
60 mins from kickoff: Salzburg are three points clear at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga after winning seven of their first eight games of the season, losing the other.
A warning for Potter’s possession philosophy: the visitors took the lead on their way to securing a 1-1 draw at home to AC Milan on Matchday 1 despite only having 34 percent of possession.
80 mins from kickoff: Here’s how Chelsea start!
90 mins from kickoff: Salzburg’s team is in!
105 mins from kickoff: Potter won his first games in charge of Swansea – with whom he was victorious in his first two Championship games – and Brighton, triumphing 3-0 at Watford in the Premier League.
120 mins from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of Chelsea’s first home game and Graham Potter’s first match in charge of the Blues!
The pitch is currently under sprinklers here at Stamford Bridge, presumably the better to welcome the slick style of passing football the coach has become known for during his impressive rise through the ranks, leaving Brighton fourth in the Premier League.
Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg lineups
N’Golo Kante remains Chelsea’s major absentee with a hamstring injury. Deadline day signing Denis Zakaria could play in Kante’s defensive midfield role if he is given his debut, the Juventus loanee having been left on the bench in Croatia.
Tuchel admitted that Kepa Arrizabalaga had started against Zagreb partly to give Edouard Mendy a rest, although he also claimed that his regular number one was only fit for the bench because of a patella tendon issue.
Marc Cucurella was player of the season at Potter’s former club, Brighton, last season, which could tempt the new manager to restore the £62 million signing to the starting lineup.
Chelsea lineup (4-3-3): Kepa (GK) — James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Cucurella — Mount, Kovacic, Jorginho — Sterling, Aubameyang, Havertz
Midfielders Mamady Diambou (ankle), Luka Sucic (groin) and Samson Tijani (leg) missed Salzburg’s 3-0 win at Ried in the Austrian Bundesliga on Saturday, as did defenders Justin Omoregie (thigh), Oumar Solet (thigh) and Max Wober (adductor).
Forward Sekou Koita and defender Kamil Piatkowski did not feature in the 1-1 Champions League draw at home to AC Milan on Tuesday but returned to training afterwards and may have been rested at Ried as a precaution.
RB Salzburg predicted lineup (4-3-3): Kohn (GK) — Dedic, Fernandes, Pavlovic, Ulmer — Capaldo, Seiwald, Kjaergaard — Sucic, Fernando, Okafor.
How to watch Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg
|Date||September 14||September 14||September 14||September 15|
|Time||20:00 BST||15:00 ET||15:00 ET||05:00 AET|
|TV channel||BT Sport 3||–||–||–|
|Streaming||BT Sport app, BTSport.com, LiveScore app||Paramount+/ViX+||DAZN||Stan Sport|
UK: The Champions League group stage match will be televised on BT Sport 3, and can be streamed on both the BT Sport app and website.
USA: In the United States, the match will be streamed in English on CBS’s subscription-based platform Paramount+ and on the Univision Spanish-language streaming service ViX+.
Canada: Every Champions League match all season long is streamed via DAZN.
Australia: Every Champions League match all season long is streamed via Stan Sport.