Frank Lampard will make his managerial debut in the Champions League when Chelsea host Valencia on Tuesday night.
The Blues boss is no stranger to a big European night at Stamford Bridge, with plenty of special memories from his playing career, but now it’s the turn of the next generation.
It could be a night of many firsts in west London, with three potential Champions League debutants for the hosts.
Lampard would be a brave man to drop academy products Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, or Fikayo Tomori, given their Premier League form.
In fact, Lampard has already given 960 minutes to English players aged 21 or under in the opening five games, which is more than double last season’s total already.
Expect more of the same as last season’s Europa League winners return to Europe’s elite club competition.
While there is plenty of positivity surrounding the success of youth at Stamford Bridge, Lampard remains without several first-choice players due to injury.
The Chelsea manager has revealed that N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, and Emerson are all ruled out of the group-stage encounter.
Meanwhile, the game comes too soon for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James, who are both working their way back to full fitness.
So, in light of that, here’s how talkSPORT.com expects Chelsea to line-up against the LaLiga club.