There’s the bare minimum of turnaround time between a Saturday match and a Tuesday match, but in this case that shouldn’t matter too much since there is literally nothing on the line tomorrow night at the Bridge. Chelsea are guaranteed to finish first, Krasnodar third in the group.
Well okay, maybe a bit of pride might be on the line, a bit of desire to keep the unbeaten run going (now at 16!), and a bit of intention from those who might play to stake their claim on a more minutes.
Either way, this should be an excellent opportunity — and the last such opportunity for some time — to completely rotate the squad, give minutes to backups and less often used players, and maybe even introduce a couple new names? Perhaps that latter bit is a step too far given the big squad and almost squeaky clean injury list.
We had been doing really well in that latter bit last week, but Hakim Ziyech has picked up a hamstring strain on Saturday, so he’ll be out for at least a few weeks — it’s unclear what his prognosis may be.