Chelsea face -15C temperature vs Zenit – but £700m stadium will save players

Chelsea are having to deal with temperatures as low as -15C ahead of their Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

Thomas Tuchel and his squad travelled to Russia on Tuesday for their final group game, and took with them as many layers as possible.

That's because upon their arrival they were met with literal Baltic conditions.

Their training base is covered with snow and the temperatures are comfortably below freezing, with the thermometer set to reach a high of only -12C on matchday.

However, they will be able to ditch the coats and gloves once they arrive at the ground on Wednesday evening.

Luckily for the Blues, Zenit's Gazprom Arena has a retractable roof to prevent the conditions affecting the action.

What's more, the temperature inside the £700million stadium can be controlled, so it will be a world away from the chilly surroundings.

The players can expect to play in a much more suitable 20C.

That will be a relief for Tuchel, who doesn't need any more problems to contend with.

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The German coach is already faced with an injury crisis, with three of his favoured central midfielders unavailable for the European outing.

Mateo Kovacic, who only just returned from a lengthy absence with a hamstring injury, tested positive for Covid-19.

And he's joined N'Golo Kante and Jorginho on the sidelines.

Tuchel is also without defenders Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah for the crunch clash in St Petersburg.

Chelsea need to better Juventus' result to qualify for the knockout stages as Group H winners.

And with the Italian side hosting group strugglers Malmo, who have picked up just one point, it seems they will be victorious.

Therefore, the Blues will more than likely also need all three points.

They achieved that in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, with a solitary Romelu Lukaku goal securing a win in matchday one.

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