Sunday is the day we take on Tottenham in our second league match of the season. As expected, eyes will be on Chelsea to see how we fare in that match, especially after the unfortunate opener we had versus Burnley last Saturday. Red cards to Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas saw us reduced to just nine men, and lose the game 2- 3 eventually.
With more players said to be unavailable for this clash, it’s looking a difficult trip to Wembley, and one can only imagine what the coach is thinking. Who will replace the suspended/ injured players?
Our midfield, which is the most important part of our core is missing a key man following Fabregas’ suspension, and with most of our youth players unavailable, who then will Conte field?
Bakayoko is still not fully match fit. Although reports emerging lately suggest he may be rushed back into action, but I’m not sure Conte would want to risk his safety by throwing him into a game like that with his health still not 100%. If he sustains another injury, he may be out for longer than we can handle.
The only other option Conte can explore is change our formation for that game at least, to allow David Luiz play in midfield. This would give the middle a lot of power, but it would also weaken our backline. Cahill is out for a few games, leaving Rudiger, Luiz and Azpilicueta as the only trusted men at the back. If he decides to make any adjustments, to accommodate Luiz in the middle, it could leave the back vulnerable.
It’s a very tricky/ difficult situation for Chelsea and Conte, and one we have to manage to get around for now. It’s temporary, and will change soon once the unavailable players return. We want a win, but with the way things look at the moment, a draw at Wembley would be well welcomed.