Chelsea's massive week comes to its conclusion on the hallowed Stamford Bridge turf with Sunday afternoon's big FA Cup showdown against sleeping giants Manchester City, who are supposedly facing an existential dilemma insofar as which competition to prioritize for their injury-depleted squad. But as we saw with Marco Verratti getting the start on Tuesday for PSG, sometimes such dilemmas could all just turn out to be mind games, so while Pellegrini may have threatened to use the youth squad, he most likely won't.
Not that it matters; for Chelsea, the FA Cup remains our best, most realistic chance of collecting a trophy this season, and while the prospect of having to contest the Europa League next season as reward for winning the thing isn't everyone's cup of tea, it's still European competition and European competition isn't something to scoff at. Judging by some of the ties in yesterday's Europa League Round of 32, the concept of a min-Champions League isn't really that much of a misnomer anymore.
In any case, more immediate concerns include John Terry's fitness and whether Guus Hiddink will keep faith with Eden Hazard. The manager will address the media in a few hours and might provide some new hints about the captain's availability, but it's likely that even at its most optimistic, he will be a game-time decision. The way Hiddink had talked earlier this week, I don't think he's expecting to have JT available. As far as Hazard, well that's up to you.