Thanks to last midweek’s matching last-gasp victories, both Chelsea and Sevilla are already assured of a spot in the knockout rounds of the Champions League. The only question that remains is who of the two will win Group E. Wednesday’s game will probably go most of the way towards determining that.
Chelsea and Sevilla are level on points and level on head-to-head results as well, following the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge at the start of the group stage campaign. We have the superior goal difference, which is good, but it might not come into play, depending on the outcome of this reverse fixture.
Depending on how much value and emphasis we put on that, this could be a decent opportunity to rotate the squad. Some, like Timo Werner or Ben Chilwell, look in desperate need of a breather. Others, like Christian Pulisic or Kai Havertz, look in desperate need of match fitness. For yet others, they look in desperate need of any minutes whatsoever — the FA Cup and its opportunity to bring in the backups against fourth division opposition for over a month still.
There are no injuries of note in the squad.