If a week is a long time in politics, how about three weeks in the life of Chelsea Football Club? When the defending European champions cantered to a 2-0 first-leg victory against Lille on February 22, all was pretty rosy at Stamford Bridge. Russia's subsequent invasion of Ukraine has brought Roman Abramovich's 19 years as owner crashing to an end, with the UK government freezing all his assets, and the club's very existence is in doubt if a sale can't be resolved quickly.
Chelsea's trip to Lille for the second leg of this Champions League last 16 tie, then, is not one to be missed. US soccer fans can stream Lille vs Chelsea free with the free 7-day trial of Paramount+. Don't forget to use a VPN if you're a US citizen stuck outside the States. UK fans can get a BT Sport Monthly Pass.Lille vs Chelsea live stream
Date: Wednesday 16th March 2022
Kick off: 8pm GMT / 3pm ET
Location: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Free stream trial: Paramount+
Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN
UK stream: BT Sport
AUS stream: Stan Sport (AU$20)
The teams are in and Lille make two changes from the weekend draw with Saint-Etienne as the injured former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is replaced by Benjamin Andre and Burak Yilmaz starts up front ahead of Hatem Ben Arfa, who is on the bench. Top scorer Jonathan David and highly rated defender Sven Botman also start.
Chelsea make one change from the XI that started the first leg three weeks ago, as midfield metronome Jorginho comes in for Hakim Ziyech in what is expected to be a slight formation tweak to a 3-5-2. Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic start up front with Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount all on the bench.
Lille are growing into the defence of their Ligue 1 title after last season's unexpected triumph. Unbeaten domestically since the beginning of February, les Dogues sit sixth in the table. Former Bayern Munich and Swansea midfielder Renato Sanches misses out with a groin injury.
Chelsea have won their last five Premier League games, conceding just once, and remain in good form on the pitch despite the unrest behind the scenes. Thomas Tuchel – who joked "I'll drive a seven-seater bus if I have to" to get the team to Lille because of the restrictions imposed on the club – must decide whether to give misfiring record signing Romelu Lukaku another go up front. The Belgian has scored just four times in his last 14 appearances in all competitions.
It's an 8pm GMT kick-off at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy tonight, Wednesday 16th March 2022. Read on for more details on how to watch a Lille vs Chelsea live stream wherever you are in the world.
Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch UEFA Champions League games live through Paramount Plus – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?
Lille vs Chelsea starts at 3pm ET on Wednesday.
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Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Lille vs Chelsea live stream rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the Champions League, you may wish to choose 'USA' for Paramount+.
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BT Sport has the rights to 52 2021/22 Premier League football matches in the UK, plus all the best European action from the Champions League and Europa League.
A BT Sport Monthly Pass costs just £25 a month in the UK, making it one of the cheapest ways to watch top-flight football without signing a long-term contract.
BT Sport Monthly Pass: Champions League football for £25This UK-only pass gets you full access to all the BT Sport channels for a simple monthly fee. Enjoy the English Premier League, Champions League and more through the BT Sport app on smart TVs, mobiles, tablets, games consoles, Chromecast or through the BT Sport website. No contract, no fuss.View Deal
Already have BT TV and BT broadband? You can add BT Sport to your package for only £15 a month (plus a £20 joining fee). Lille vs Chelsea will feature on BT Sport 2, BT Sport 2 HD and BT Sport Ultimate, for those who have 4K capabilities.
Virgin Media customers can watch the football when available by subscribing to BT Sport as desired. Virgin Media’s Bigger + Sports bundle covers both Sky and BT televised games.
Full BT Sport package from £15 per monthThe other option for BT customers is to upgrade their TV package to include the sports channels. You can add all of the BT Sport channels for just £15 per month. For the Big Bundle, which includes all the Sky Sports too, it's £40 per month – more expensive, granted, but you'll never miss a match again.
BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media £18 per monthThe BT Sport Collection on Virgin Media is a £18 bolt-on, at the time of writing. It brings coverage of football, rugby, cricket, UFC and more, plus access to BT Sport Ultra HD for 4K viewing. You can cancel the subscription at any time.
Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £69 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.
BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Champions League in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.
If you're in Australia, local streaming service Stan Sport provides live coverage of the UEFA Champions League (including Lille vs Chelsea), Europa League and Europa Conference League.
To begin with, there's a Stan 30-day free trial. After that, you choose your base package and the necessary sport add-on costs AU$10 a month on top (so, from $20 a month in total).
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.
You can download the Stan app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, most smart TVs, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Stan live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox and PlayStation.
Football fans in Canada can watch every Champions League, Europa League and Premier League game – including Lille vs Chelsea – live on DAZN.
A subscription to the streaming service costs $20 (CAD) a month or $150 (CAD) a year.
Lille vs Chelsea: watch on DAZN ($20/month)DAZN Canada has the rights to every Champions League 2021/22 live stream, plus Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, Premier League, US Sports, fightsports, and more. No contract. Cancel anytime.
Matches kick off at 8pm GMT (3pm ET).
Last 16 ties
Tuesday 15th March 2022 (second legs)
Manchester United v Atletico Madrid
Ajax v Benfica
Wednesday 16th March 2022 (second legs)
Juventus v Villarreal
Lille v Chelsea
Quarter final dates
Quarter-final and semi-final draw: 18th March 2022
Quarter-final first legs: 5th/6th April 2022
Quarter-final second legs: 12th/13th April 2022
Semi final dates
Semi-final first legs: 26th/27th April 2022
Semi-final second legs: 3rd/4th May 2022
Champions League Final 2021/22
28th May 2022