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Chelsea fans want Antonio Rudiger to start vs Lille

Chelsea are set for a Champions League showdown at Stamford Bridge this evening.

It all comes down to matchday 6 in Group H as three teams fight for two places in the knockout phase of world football’s most revered club competition.

The situation for the hosts is clear: win and proceed into the last-16.

A draw could be enough to see them sneak through but they would be relying on other results to go their way.

Frank Lampard has a huge dilemma on his hands ahead of the game now that Antonio Rudiger has returned to the squad after spending the vast majority of the season on the sideline through injury.

The Germany international is arguably the best and most experienced central defender at his disposal when fit, but is it too soon to restore him to the starting XI?

He may have only played 45 minutes of senior football this season but that has not prevented the supporters on Twitter from suggesting he should be on the teamsheet this evening.

Following the news that the 26-year-old is in contention to feature tonight, fans rushed to call for his inclusion.

But other fans were more specific in their demands to Lampard.

These members of the Blues faithful suggested that Lampard should start a partnership comprising of Rudiger and Zouma as nightmares of a Zouma-Christensen dynamic continue to linger amongst the fanbase.

Should Rudiger start vs Lille?

Yes - He's ready

Yes - He's ready

No - Not worth the risk

No - Not worth the risk

One only has to watch the calamitous sequence of play that culminated with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring Everton’s second of the game to sympathise with fans who are dreading the prospect of seeing Zouma and Christensen alongside each other tonight.

It would certainly be a gamble to throw Rudiger back into the side, so it will be intriguing to see if Lampard possesses a tendency to roll the dice when the stakes are high.

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