Sunday’s game against Wolves will be our ninth in 28 days as Chelsea have been involved in a busy schedule since February.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will welcome Wolves to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, and the Chelsea manager has admitted that he’ll have to make a number of changes to his playing personnel ahead of the game.
For the Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, the Chelsea boss rested a number of key players and he has revealed that he did that to keep players fresh in what has been a busy period for the club, and that trend will likely continue against Wolves.
Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Gonzalo Higuain and Emerson Palmieri didn’t play at all in the game, while N’Golo Kante only came on in the second-half.
Sarri had revealed that he’s expecting to make about six changes as we welcome Wolves who defeated us 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium in the reverse fixture last year.
“We changed six or seven players today, and probably it will be the same in the next match,” he said. “Of course, at this moment, it’s really difficult to arrive in every match mentally and physically at 100% with the same level of determination.
“But I think, for the next match, we can change six or seven players still. Jorginho played only 50 minutes, Kante only 40 minutes, Barkley only 60, no more. These three players will be able to play the next match.
“Of course, at this moment, it’s a problem for every English team involved in European competition.”
Four clubs are seemingly fighting over two spots in the top four, with Manchester City and Liverpool competing on another level for the Premier League title, and Sarri believes the battle to finish in the top four will run until the end of the season.
“I think we are fighting and we will be fighting for the top four until the last minute of the last match. Every match will be important in our future,” Sarri said.
In his press conference ahead of Sunday’s game, Sarri looked back at the defeat to Wolves where Chelsea lost the game 2-1 despite having taken the lead. And the Italian has called for consistency.
“I remember very well that after Wolves scored to make it 1-1 we stopped playing,” Sarri said.
“We went into trouble and started again only in the last 10 matches. I will study very well that match because we need to arrive to this match with the right level of preparation and the right level of mentality.
“If you stop playing you can lose against any team. If you stop playing against Manchester City you can lose 6-0. Unfortunately in Wolverhampton we stopped after 50, 55 minutes for 20 minutes. It was enough to lose the game.
“When I speak about us needing to improve our mentality and our consistency, I am speaking about these problems.”