UEFA Europa League: Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan Match Live Streaming
Over their last two Europa League ties, Chelsea have faced close calls against teams they were supposed to beat comfortably. Rubin Kazan is by far their biggest challenge yet.
Match date/time: Thursday, 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. local
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England
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Italians are famous for defensive football, and when teams from Italy set up in a defensive shell, television commentators like to stereotype and refer to them as 'typically Italian' or something along those lines. A similar phenomenon occurs when English sides play a very physical and direct side of football. 'Typically provincial Russian football' is a kind of unholy mash-up of the two styles, and it's exactly what Chelsea will face on Thursday against Rubin Kazan.
Rubin has dispatched of La Liga sides Atletico Madrid and Levante in successive rounds and took four points from Inter Milan during the group stage. They were a thorn in the side of Tottenham Hotspur in last year's Europa League, and in the two years before that, they caused Barcelona constant frustration in the group stages of the Champions League. They're no longer an impressive upstart side. They've been one of the best practitioners of defensive, counter-attacking football in Europe for five years now.