Not much time to rest between the last game (Sunday, away at Brighton) and the next game (Saturday, at home vs. Leicester City) for this Wednesday night League Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge against mid-table Premier League AFC Bournemouth (who have to deal with a similar level of fixture congestion, albeit with one extra day of rest coming in).
Normally, Sarri and Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe would rotate their squads, but this is now the quarterfinal stage of the competition, and a potential trophy is within touching distance — the final is just a two-legged semifinal away after this one.
Sarri especially knows that the expectation at Chelsea is winning football above any other kind of football, and as he searches for his first ever trophy, he just might look at this as a prime opportunity (while hoping not to sacrifice that other minimum expectation of a top-four finish).
Sarri will hold his press conference shortly where he might shed a bit more detail on team news, but Chelsea are likely to play it safe with Hazard’s ankle twist/knock, while there’s also been a distinct lack of information forthcoming on Morata’s potential knee problem that saw him miss the weekend’s match. Victor Moses presumably is out for however many days or weeks remain of his Chelsea career.