Taking a brief break from the drama of the top-four race in the Premier League, Chelsea visit Hungary this week to conduct a 90-minute training exercise against Vidi FC. It’s a match that is absolutely meaningless for the Blues, having already won the group and qualified for the first knockout round of the Europa League as a top seed.
(It’s much more meaningful for the Artists Formely Known As Videoton, who could sneak in as runners-up if they get a better result than BATE, who play away at PAOK — BATE do own the tiebreaker.)
In any case, it’s a chance for everyone to rest and recover from the physical and mental strain of Saturday evening, and rest up for the physical and mental strain of the holiday rush of fixtures.
Sarri rotated 10 of the 11 spots in a similar situation against PAOK at home a fortnight ago and chances are we’ll see something like that again. Maybe with all 11 this time?