Don't look now, but Chelsea actually have a couple tough decisions to make with regards to the starting lineup in the upcoming week and beyond into the new year. After two months of basically unchanged lineups, we might be in for some chop and change.
Not only are Chelsea dealing with a potential injuries of unknown severity to Nemanja Matić (who missed last weekend's game), as well as Pedro and Costa (who both appeared to pick up minor knocks in the match itself though Conte played down the severity of any injury afterwards), the Blues have proper fixture congestion for the first time all season.
Previously, any midweek commitment made for an easy rotational opportunity in the League Cup. Now, the game coming up Wednesday (Sunderland away) is just as important as the game this weekend (West Brom home) and the next (Crystal Palace away). The two teams coming up after Sunday may be stuck firmly in the bottom half of the table, but they both won last weekend, which is something that neither of our two closest title-rivals could say.
Question is, do you rotate proactively, managing minutes where they might be necessary or do you keep the lineup the same and then deal with rotation as it needs to happen later in the week?