Not much time for Chelsea to rest between Thursday’s Europa League game and Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor, so it’s a good thing that Sarri rotated the majority of his squad for the 3-1 win over BATE. He expects to shift most of those players back to their first-choice equivalents, which should mean wholesale changes in all three bands of his standard 4-3-3 formation.
The only kink in that plan is the fitness of Eden Hazard, who collected a back injury for his troubles last weekend — i.e. after being kicked repeatedly and hauled down by a scissor tackle from Ashley Young as well for a penalty that was not given. Hazard not only missed the Europa League match (expected either way), but he was unable to take part in training on Friday.
Do Chelsea need Hazard to beat Burnley? We shouldn’t, but shoulds don’t win you games.
Choose wisely (click that link if the form below is broken).