Chelsea look to bounce back from the weekend’s disappointment at Anfield with a home test against fearless and energetic Slavia Prague. With the Premier League standings suddenly not looking as promising, advancing in the Europa League becomes ever more imperative. Chelsea hold a slim 1-0 lead from the first leg of the quarterfinal; the winner on aggregate will move on to play (probably) Benfica in the semifinal.
Sarri has continued to rotate the squad between midweek and weekend matches, with some noteworthy mixing of the personnel involved in the last few weeks, such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi getting elevated to Premier League action.
While Chelsea are alive in both competitions however, this sort of rotation will continue, both for fitness and competitive reason. Either way, Chelsea will be forced into at least one change on Thursday as Antonio Rüdiger picked up what looked like a fairly significant knee injury on Sunday. There’s been no update about the center back’s situation since, but presumably he’s out for the rest of the season (i.e. at least four weeks).
Gary Cahill has been thawed out from the carbonite and is ready for selection, should you be so inclined.