The London Stadium is now the home of our next Premier League opponents West Ham United, who we face at 5.30pm on Saturday, but back in 2012 it was known as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium and hosted that year’s London Olympics.
There were plenty of players involved in the football tournaments for those Games who have also represented Chelsea, including current defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva. Check your knowledge of them by trying to put the 10 listed below in order by the number of appearances they have made for the Blues in all competitions, from highest to lowest. Good luck!
West Ham United will be without Declan Rice, who suffered a lateral knee ligament injury while on international duty with England in March, and Michail Antonio, who suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Arthur Masuaku (knee) and Aaron Cresswell (leg) are both working their way back to fitness after missing the 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United last weekend and the Hammers will monitor the pair, while Craig Dawson is banned after being sent-off at St James’ Park.
Darren Randolph (hip) should also be available again after featuring in the midweek U23s’ win over Everton, while Jesse Lingard has shaken off the cramp which forced him from the field a couple of minutes before the end at Newcastle.
Chelsea’s only real injury doubt is Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovačić, who suffered a hamstring injury in training.
5pm: In the 18 years since Roman Abramovich completed his takeover of Chelsea FC, the Blues have had 13 different full-time or interim managers (or head coaches), plus two more caretakers in Ray Wilkins and Steve Holland, who each took charge and won their sole games in charge!
Two of those 13 returned for second spells – José Mourinho and Guus Hiddink – and only three of the 12 appointed under Abramovich – Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte – managed the club for more than 100 matches.
With such a high turnover of men in the dugout, you might expect Chelsea to have struggled during the Russian’s reign, but instead the west Londoners have thrived, winning the UEFA Champions League, two UEFA Europa Leagues, five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three EFL Cups and two FA Community Shields.
The Hammers host the Blues in a 5.30pm kick-off in their 33rd of 38 Premier League matches, seeking to gain the victory that will see them climb above Thomas Tuchel’s side in the table.
West Ham start the weekend in fifth, with 55 points from 32 games, behind their opponents by one place and only on goal difference. However, a win for Liverpool at home to Newcastle United in the lunchtime kick-off would see both teams drop a place ahead of this fixture.
David Moyes’ side are seeking to avoid losing consecutive Premier League matches for just the second time this season, and the first since the opening two games of 2020/21, after going down 3-2 at Newcastle last weekend.
Tuchel’s Chelsea, meanwhile, have won just one of their previous four Premier League games, including a 5-2 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion and goalless draws with Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion..
With the country under COVID-19 restrictions, Saturday’s game will be played without supporters present. However, the game will be screened live in the UK by Sky Sports and across the world by the Premier League’s international broadcast partners.