Given the hectic pre-season calendar and the twice-weekly schedule coming up after the international break, these last 3-4 weeks must have felt like absolutely lazy luxury, with full weeks between matches left to prepare and train and learn and organize. So far, Chelsea have taken good advantage of the easy workload, winning all three league games, scoring lots of goals but also showing lots of places for improvement.
That process will now continue against AFC Bournemouth, who are similarly unbeaten, though with two fewer points thanks to their 2-2 draw against Everton last time out — they did come back from 2-0 down, with former Chelsea prospect Nathan Aké netting the equalizer. The Cherries have beaten Cardif (2-0) and West Ham (1-2), and they also took care of MK Dons on Tuesday, in the second round of the League Cup, 3-0.
For Sarri, the decision will once again be whether to stick or twist with his starting lineup. He’s barely had to change it, fielding the same exact XI in the first two games and then switching out Willian and Ross Barkley for Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovačić, respectively last weekend. Not too many complaints about those moves and he might not feel the need to make any changes once again from that.
But this is not about what he would do. This is about what you would do. You have the full squad at your disposal, including Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi, both back with the first-team after last week’s spell with the Development Squad. Cesc Fàbregas however remains out with his knee issue.