After back-to-back scoreless draws, against Sevilla and Manchester United, Chelsea have now drawn five of our last six matches. Another two of those five were 3-3 scores, while the fifth was a 1-1 draw against Spurs in the League Cup (from which we were then eliminated on penalties). There was also that 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in there, but that has proven to be a false dawn in terms of us figuring things out at both ends of the pitch.
So, as we continue to search for a balance in our force like a poorly plotted Star Wars movie, we head on out to Krasnodar, which is all the way over on the other side of the Black Sea (though not quite as far as Baku).
What awaits us there may be a bit of an unknown, but this game is likely to be one of the easier ones remaining before the next international break, and could thus provide an opportunity to rotate the squad a bit and rest some of those legs that seemed to grow tired last week. We certainly cannot afford to lose too much ground in the Premier League, and we have Burnley away coming up on Saturday already.
As far as injuries go, Kepa Arrizabalaga may or may not have a shoulder problem still (there was no timeframe given last week), while Christian Pulisic may or may not have a picked up a knock towards the end of the game on Saturday. Also, Hakim Ziyech may or may not be fit enough to start. (Lampard’s press conference will be later this afternoon.)
Oh, and Marcos Alonso is still suspended. (And Petr Čech is ineligible because he’s only registered for the Premier League.)