Maurizio Sarri Gianfranco Zola 00

Chelsea have been through such a busy patch, with games coming thick and fast in the midweeks, that even the impressively stubborn Maurizio Sarri has been forced into some serious changes.

The XIs he’s picked in the league has varied game to game, and without knowing whether the coach is really putting the Europa League above the Premier League, it’s hard to tell who he would pick if it really came down to it.

Instead he’s spread his eggs between two baskets, mixing the young talents like Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek with the more established Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.

But it will only be next Sunday against Manchester United, with hopefully a full squad all rested and ready to play, that we find out who the Italian coach really favours. That game will pretty much decide whether we get the Champions League places this year, so the pressure is on, even 10 days in advance, to pick the right men to get the job done.

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