The international break comes to a close soon and Premier League fixtures will return next weekend.
It has been an interesting start for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri in the first four games, and we’re looking forward to how they’ll cope in this business stage of the first round.
This is because they’ll get to start competing in the hectic Thursday Europa League fixtures, as well as the Carabao Cup.
Ahead of the next round of matches, we at SaveChelsea are looking forward to how the Blues will respond in some scenarios.
We’ll also like to see how some players fare in the next round of games as well as how some of the talented youngsters are eased into the side.
Here are our top scenarios to look out for with regards to Sarri’s Blues when the next round of matches in all competitions resume:
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga?
Chelsea’s number 1 goalie is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. The young goalkeeper was described as a panic buy for the Blues after Courtois’ departure but he fits into Sarri’s ball-playing goalkeeper demands.
We all know he was impressive in his stint with Athletic Bilbao but he has moved on to a higher level with Chelsea.
Regardless, after 5 games, we’re yet to ascertain the quality the goalie will offer in terms of making saves as he is yet to make any significant contribution in goal for the Blues.
All thanks to the Blues not giving their opponents quality time on the ball. However, after the international break, the Blues will come up against some quality sides who might dominate and we hope to see Kepa showcase his abilities when those pile-drivers come off the boot of opposition players.
For now, the player has appeared shaky as was obvious with the goals he conceded against Newcastle and Arsenal. Maybe, he’s one who concedes exceptional goals, but hopefully not.
2. We want to see Hudson-Odoi in action
The youngster was Chelsea’s best player in pre-season and is also present in the Chelsea squad.
Therefore, it’s not far-fetched that we would want to see the marauding attacker down the wings for the Blues in some of the upcoming games.
The Carabao Cup and the Europa League will be coming up after the international break and we hope that Hudson-Odoi gets some games to his belt to boost the competition in the side’s attack. Another youngster who should get a nod is Ethan Ampadu.
3. How will the Blues react when they concede first?
The Blues have been massive under Sarri thus far and have dominated all the games they’ve played in the Premier League.
Chelsea have scored the opener and gone ahead in all the games they’ve played thus far.
So we begin to wonder. Seeing how teams have chosen to sit back against the Blues, how will they cope if they get sucker punched and concede first?
This will definitely happen! We wait to see how the Blues will react in this scenario. We’d love to see the fighting spirit when they go down first whilst playing Sarriball.
There’s is also the Morata vs Giroud debate. Who’ll lead the line in the long run for the Blues?
Morata has scored just once in 4 starts this term while Giroud has had to come off the bench and is yet to start a game.
His performance in the last game against Bournemouth was definitely a decent shout for a start. We’ll see how it pans out.
How will the Blues cope against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City? We won’t say much but look forward to these cracking encounters.