Chelsea take on Dinamo Kiev in Ukraine tonight, with months of the season still to go.
Despite that, this could be the last chance for a lot of the young players in the squad to get a look in.
With a 3-0 lead going into the second leg, Maurizio Sarri can take it easy and play some of the promising talents he’s been so reluctant to use all season. But after this, it all changes.
Assuming we go through, the Europa League is a massive chance to earn a Champions League slot, and from this stage onward there will be no room for weakened teams. We will be down to the top teams in the competition, and you won’t see us with a 3-0 lead in the second leg unless things go extremely well, or we get a particularly lucky draw.
That shuts down Europe as an avenue for easy minutes. But what about the Premier League?
Well while some of our fixtures are easier than others, now we’re in the final stretch, we can’t see Sarri taking any risks.
Yes we’re still likely to see a few cameos off the bench, but for players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi, tonight is probably their last chance to start this season.
If CHO leaves this summer, that could make this his last ever start for us.
We’re praying to every God we know of that this isn’t the case.