Zenith will open the UCL season with a clash against the defending Champions
Chelsea being the defending Champions only spells horror for Zenith Saint Petersburg who will face them first.
It’s will be Chelsea’s first Champions League game since defeating Manchester City on May 29th to win the trophy.
The Blues having added Romelu Lukaku to their rank of squad are still considered favorites to win the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel who just penned long term contract with the club.
Knowing of the threats Blues pose, Zenith Saint Petersburg are clearly not open to taking chances and are determined to have their bests in the pitch when they encounter the defending Champions.
According to reports, the Russian team has recalled two of their important players from international duties.
Reason being to avoid the UK Coivd restrictions from affecting them when they travel to West London to lock horns with Chelsea.
Malcom and Claudinho are the players that have been recalled to quickly resume training with the rest of the squad ahead of the match on Tuesday, 14th September, 2021.
Malcom whose full name is Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira is a Brazilian professional footballer who mostly plays as a winger for Zenith since joining from Barcelona.
Since joining in 2019, the 24-year-old has netted 7 goals in 33 league games for Zenith Saint Petersburg and is considered an important figure for the side.
Claudinho recently joined Zenith from Red Bull Bragantino where he netted 30 goals in 83 games playing as an attacking midfielder and forward.