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The Europa – Time for others to be tested


  • Europa League to commence
  • Hectic game fixtures to put Chelsea to test.
  • Hudson Odoi not listed for Europa competition.

It’s no more news that we’ve entered the business end of the season where the games will start coming in thick and fast.

This is due to the commencement of the Europa League slated for Thursdays as well as the Carabao Cup competition.

Fixture congestion is here folks! Chelsea will now get to play games on Thursday and during the weekends after hectic travel schedules.

Therefore, there is the need for squad rotation, and thankfully, Maurizio Sarri has acknowledged this.

However, a good number of fans are eager to see some players who are yet to get a nod this season after 5 league games in action.

One of such is the youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi who was not listed in the squad for the Europa League competition.

This is no cause for worry as the youngster who is 17 doesn’t need to be registered and has been with Chelsea for at least two years.

Another is Ethan Ampadu who is now a senior player for Wales and will be itching to prove his mettle at club level for Chelsea.

Asides from these players, there were other mainstays in Antonio Conte’s side who are yet to feature for Chelsea this season.

It is also a no-brainer that fans would want to see them in action for the Blues and get to assess their quality under Maurizio Sarri.

These are Victor Moses and Andreas Christensen others who have not gotten significant chances to prove themselves yet for the Blues are Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri.

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Gary Cahill is also yet to see action for the Blues this term and will surely relish a chance in the Europa League.

Ross Barkley is surely in line for a start in the Europa as Mateo Kovacic appears to have been preferred ahead of him in recent weeks.

Regardless, Sarri has to keep his best players sharp, fit and in form for subsequent games, hence the need for rotation.

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Chelsea face a challenging game in a London Derby against West Ham on Sunday and would need no key player fatigued for the game.

We wait to see the lineup that turns up against PAOK on Thursday and get to see how well the players deployed on the pitch have adapted to the Sarriball ideology.

Some players have complained of lack of game time as reported by savechelsea.net Loftus Cheek opens up on lack of chances at Chelsea.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has opened up on the lack of chances given to him and other youngsters at Stamford Bridge. The English man has struggled to nail a regular place in the side and spent last season on loan to Crystal Palace.

He had an impressive stint at Crystal Palace and his performances for the Eagles in the 2017/18 season earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for Russia 2018. Click to read more on Ruben Loftus-Cheek.