Not much time to rest for Chelsea, as approximately 72 hours after the final whistle was blown at the King Power Stadium, the first whistle will mark the return of European nights to Stamford Bridge after an 18 month hiatus. The five-time Champions of Azerbaijan will have the honor of welcoming back the six-time Champions of England to Europe, alongside the overproduced light-show prior to kick-off (are we still doing that?) and the familiar goosebumps-inducing anthem.
This will be game number two of this busy seven-game/three-week stretch for Chelsea, and with the assumed weakness of the opposition, perhaps a chance to rotate a few of the regulars. That said, we will have three full days between this game and the weekend’s clash against Arsenal, which also will be at home.
As on Saturday, Chelsea are injury free and there are no suspensions either. The likes of Eden Hazard and Danny Drinkwater may not yet be 100 per cent fit however.