The seemingly never-ending international break is finally over, and Chelsea football is back on the horizon. Thanks to the initial promise of Sarri-ball, this break seemed even longer than usual, though we might be wishing for a break soon with the deluge of games coming down the pipe, every 3-4 days from now until probably early spring.
That busy streak begins with winless Cardiff City coming to town, apparently with designs to not just sit back and hope for the best, but rather take the game to the Blues. We’ll believe that when we see it; though it’s probably not going to affect how Chelsea approach the game one way or another. Sarri-ball is meant to dictate the game, not react to it.
But within that framework, there may yet be room for some variation. With the congested schedule, Sarri will have to rotate to keep fitness levels high and keep the good results coming. The squad is just about fully fit, with the only question mark over Cesc Fàbregas’s fitness as he comes back from his knee injury.
Rotation is never easy or straightforward. Sarri will have to choose wisely, just like you in this little exercise.