Golden opportunity to top the group as we travel to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville
Frank Lampard’s high flying Blues travel to Spain as they look to secure top spot in the group. This game is a very important one considering a first placed finish and a second place finish can decide who we get in the round of 16. Last season, a loss against Valencia meant that we finished second best in the group and then drew eventual champions Bayern Munich.
The Blues are on an eleven game unbeaten streak in all competitions and are coming on the back of a grueling 0-0 London derby against Mourinho’s Spurs, while Sevilla have just beaten Huesca 1-0 in La Liga.
Considering how congested the fixture list is, we need to rotate to keep all the players fit. Lampard in his press conference stated that he needed to make rotations for various reasons considering some players have played a lot of minutes, and continues by saying that he expects everyone to step up considering how well the players have been training.
So we can expect players like Werner, Kante, and Ziyech getting a rest and the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, and Pulisic to start.
Sevilla is a real test given that we have faced them in the reverse fixture and we witnessed first hand what they are made of. Under Julen Lopetegui, they have turned out to be one of the most well drilled and balanced sides in Europe who even held the mighty Bayern in the Super Cup to take them to penalties. Lopetegui has been playing mind games of his own as he said in his press conference that his team are facing a side designed to win the Champions League.
So we can’t take them lightly, for which all the players as well as Frank need to be at their absolute best. The latter was criticized in his last match against Spurs for making his substitutions for too late. He needs to be proactive instead of reactive and hold the tie by the scruff of the neck.
The positive for Chelsea going into this fixture is that all the players are fit and there are no injury concerns. So we can expect the likes of Tomori and Gilmour to get minutes. On the other hand, Sevilla are in bit of trouble as Ocampos and de Jong are not expected to be the squad due to muscle injuries.
There is no reason whatsoever to not anticipate a positive result. We have all the tools necessary to win this game and consolidate our position at the top of the group. We go on cheering the mighty Blues and we keep the blue flag flying high!
Up The Chels!
Written by- Aayush Paul (@AayushPaul5)
Edits- XP Edits (@xp_editss on Instagram)