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AFC Bournemouth vs. Chelsea, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup

Chelsea FC v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Well, time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get back on that horse known as Premier League football after the near-knockout blow of Tuesday night. We’re not throwing in the towel like a certain now-fired trainer, but we’re on the ropes and screaming “not in the face!”, so the difference may be academic.

The situation is less dire in the Premier League, fortunately, after last weekend’s rousing win over Spurs (hey, remember that?). If we can build on that and then take that momentum into next midweek’s FA Cup against Liverpool B, Tuesday night’s smack-down by Bayern will hurt decidedly less.

That’s easier said than done of course, especially with Chelsea continuing to deal with injuries to key players. N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic remain out, while Tammy Abraham’s status is far from clear after appearing to aggravate his ankle injury. Callum Hudson-Odoi was expected to be back for Tuesday; that didn’t happen. Could he be back for this weekend? Lampard might have some positive news in that regard tomorrow; he might not (see also: Ruben Loftus-Cheek).

Choose wisely.

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