All eyes will be on Antonio Conte in a few hours as he sits down for his customary pre-match press conference with the circling sharks of the English football media. So if you want, you can wait wait with your picks until after he gives some sort of an update regarding the fitness levels of Tiemoué Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, and David Luiz (and anybody else who may be hurting beyond the already confirmed absentees in N’Golo Kanté and Victor Moses).
The current assumption is that both Bakayoko and David Luiz only suffered minor injuries on Wednesday and their absence from yesterday’s training was purely precautionary. Drinkwater meanwhile has returned to training, but surely he won’t quite be ready for at least a couple more days.
Chelsea are now winless in three, and were second-best against City (understandable) and, at times, against Roma (less understandable) and Crystal Palace (even less understandable). Blame for that can be apportioned between players and coaches and cosmic forces as you see fit, but neither party is blameless. Improvement is needed on every level.