Maurizio Sarri’s side require a resounding response to their weekend showing as they play out a first leg round-of-32 match at Swedbank Stadion.
Unbeaten in the Europa League this campaign, Chelsea have been strong and will hope to get back on track. Only once before have Chelsea reached this round of the Europa League. They won the competition on that occasion and will be encouraged by that statistic.
Dropping out the Europa League could scupper Chelsea’s only chance to secure Champions League football next season if Sarri’s side were to miss out on fourth. Follow live coverage below.
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70 min: Malmo 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea are purring now and it is one-way traffic at the moment.
The latest break from Sarri’s side sees Pedro’s shot deflected just wide in a move which involved Barkley again.
67 min: Malmo 0-2 Chelsea
He has one, but he should score his second here Ross Barkley.
The midfielder plays a great one-two with Giroud, but having got the ball back, Barkley fires his shot central and allows the goalkeeper to get fingertips to his shot.
64 min: Malmo 0-2 Chelsea
That goal has really knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and Chelsea are really starting to find spaces, particularly out wide.
Looks like it is going to remain a really comfortable evening for Maurizio Sarri, who needed this.
55 min: Malmo 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea are living dangerously here.
A corner is cleared to Traustason and David Luiz does brilliantly to deflect his shot wide of the post.
The corner came after Kepa was forced to tip a deflected effort over the bar from distance.
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50 min: Malmo 0-1 Chelsea
Similar pattern to the start of the second half. Chelsea largely in control and Olivier Giroud has put in some lovely deft touches to Jorginho so far as Chelsea have probed down the right.
So, the players are due out in just a few moments time.
Joe Cole said on BT Sport at half time that there has been a hostile atmosphere created in Sweden but that Chelsea have dealt with it very well so far, while Michael Owen preferred to praise the skill of goalscorer Barkley.
Will we see more excellence from the former Everton man in the second half?
Not a bad first 45 minutes for Maurizio Sarri’s men after their mauling at Manchester City at the weekend.
Ross Barkley’s first European goal in 11 attempts is the difference so far, and it has capped a pretty solid Chelsea first-half performance.
Malmo have had half-chances at best, but Markus Rosenberg ought to have met the ball with a header from a corner that would have seen him equalise.
Let’s see if Chelsea can see this through, and maintain control which Kovacic has done so well so far.
44 min: Malmo 0-1 Chelsea
Malmo’s fans are really helping their players drive forward and press the Chelsea defence.
The visitors look fairly comfortable at the back though, and Kovacic has been excellent in bringing the ball out.
39 min: Malmo 0-1 Chelsea
Bit more defending for Chelsea to do here, and it is Ross Barkley who clears after a dubious free-kick is given for the hosts.
However, a corner soon after is whipped in, which captain Rosenberg just fails to meet which no doubt would have seen him equalise had he connected.
35 min: Malmo 0-1 Chelsea
The hosts have responded relatively positively to going a goal behind, with Anders Christiansen having a shot deflected over Kepa’s bar in their latest attack.
I don’t think that goal will dent it either.
27 min: Malmo 0-0 Chelsea
Best half chance so far for either side, and it falls to Chelsea on the break.
Willian comes forward and plays a ball to the back post for Giroud, who instead of heading back towards the far corner attempts to chest it down and is seen out by Bengtsson.
24 min: Malmo 0-0 Chelsea
There are incessant chants from the home supporters here but their intensity is not being matched by either side as yet on the field.
That doesn’t stop the appreciation for Kovacic, who beautifully turns out of trouble before expertly finding Pedro on the right.
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