- Chelsea’s starting eleven to face BATE Borisov has been announced.
- Maurizio Sarri has makes changes to the team that faced Palace.
- What do you think of the lineup? Let us know on Twitter @TalkChelsea.
Chelsea take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League this evening, and Maurizio Sarri has not hesitated to rotate his side in Belarus.
When the draw was made for the group stage, everyone came to the same conclusion – Chelsea had been provided with a clear route through to the knockout stages.
Though football is rarely that straightforward, Chelsea have made light work of group J, with nearest challenges PAOK sitting six points behind us heading into match-day four.
Chelsea’s progression through to the next round can be ensured tonight, and Sarri appears keen on getting the job done in Belarus. Though his starting eleven includes a number of changes, it’s very strong.
Sarri has taken a risk on the fitness of two of his front-line, with Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard both being named in the starting lineup. The pair have been struggling with muscle fatigue and a back problem, but appear to be fit to feature.
There’s also a start for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored a hat-trick in the last round of the competition. Here’s the full team and substitutes, as reported by Football London.
Kepa, Emerson, Cahill, Christensen, Zappacosta, Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud.
Subs: Caballero, Kante, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Azpilicueta, Ampadu.