Less than 72 hours will have passed between the final whistle of
Chelsea's twelfth man the referee in Baku and kick-off at Anfield on Saturday, during which time the players will have flown 4000km back home, unpacked, posted on social media, gotten some tactical instruction, repacked, traveled to Liverpool, and maybe even taken a breath somewhere in there.
It's a situation that seems to happen at least once a season to every English team in Europe ... and then people wonder why the Premier League underperforms in Europe? Conte's hardly alone in complaining about this, but just like when Mourinho or Wenger or whoever has brought it up, it's been met largely with derision instead of some actual reform in how the FA and the Premier League approach fixture scheduling.
Ranting aside, Chelsea are set up about as well as we could’ve hoped, with the trio of Alonso, Hazard, and Kanté all needing to put in only about an hour’s worth of work on Wednesday, while Morata, Christensen, and Bakayoko all got 70-90 minutes of rest on the bench. Meanwhile, Victor Moses should be ready to make his comeback, though there is no official confirmation of this yet.
Batshuayi, Musonda, and Kenedy remain out. There are no suspensions.