When N’Golo Kante went off injured against Watford after just a few minutes, Chelsea fans had their heads in their hands.
It really seemed like the sky was falling. Our opposition were dominating us in the game, and we were losing perhaps our best player, certainly in the midfield.
In the end, it was Kante’s replacement who scored the opening goal, and it reminded us that we can survive without him. We’re a much worse team, without doubt, but we only have to get past Frankfurt and then Arsenal now.
Two tough teams for sure, but neither of them will be favourites against us – even with Kante out. We have the quality to beat both, and our midfield should be able to cope.
Maurizio Sarri is almost certain to stick with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as the three in the middle for those two remaining important games. It’s not nearly as balanced as the system with Kante in there, but it has all the tools it should need to see off these two teams.
It has the technical skills to control possessions, and in RLC it has a goal threat to make the difference. N’Golo should be able to sit this one out, and watch as for once his teammates get it done without him.