Chelsea will FAIL TO QUALIFY for Champions League last 16 if they don’t beat AC Milan this week, warns Aubameyang | The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has declared Chelsea's Champions League clash with AC Milan is a must win if they are to qualify from their group.

Graham Potter's side are bottom of Group E and without a win after their first two games in Europe this season.

Former boss Thomas Tuchel was sacked after their Champions League opener, a shock 1-0 defeat with Dinamo Zagreb, while Potter started his Chelsea tenure with a 1-1 home draw to Red Bull Salzburg.

The Blues now host Milan, Aubameyang's former club, at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before heading to the San Siro next week.

The Rossoneri are top of the group, three points clear of Chelsea ahead of the double-header.

Aubameyang said: "Maybe we will get our first three points at home.

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"I think this is really important – if we want to qualify we have to win the game.

"These two games are key and we will have to show character like we did against Crystal Palace on Saturday and win those two games."

Aubameyang bagged his first Chelsea goal in the comeback win against Palace over the weekend.

The ex-Arsenal striker fired home a superb first-time finish to level the scores and go into the Champions League meeting on a high.

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Before joining Chelsea, the Gabon international had not played in a Champions League game since 2017, with Arsenal only ever reaching the Europa League during his time in north London.

And the 33-year-old is relishing the big nights once more.

He said: "Now I have them back again so I have to show what I am capable of doing."

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