Chelsea say goodbye to the Premier League for the next few games, and that may not be the worst thing given how results there have gone lately. However, this is still an away match, and Chelsea are now going on 400 minutes since the last goal scored away from Stamford Bridge.
So that might be a good place to start on Thursday night in Sweden: trying to get on the scoresheet and then maybe turning that into a win. If you keep expectations low, you cannot be disappointed, right?
The squad’s morale and mental state may be questionable, but physically, everyone seems fit enough to play. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Gary Cahill had been dealing with some minor issues over the past week or so (illness and a back problem), but nothing that would prevent them from playing ... unless Sarri prevents them from playing of course.
But this isn’t about Sarri, even if many things might be. This is about how would you tackle the current problem, while also continuing to make progress in the Europa League.