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Three days after travelling to Germany for the Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt, Chelsea will play host to Watford for the penultimate game of the season.
Following Tottenham’s defeat to Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri’s side has a good opportunity to climb up to third on the table, as all Chelsea need now is a victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea are two points behind Spurs and will play host to Watford at the Bridge on Sunday. All Chelsea need in our penultimate game of the season is a win, and the Blues will be up to third as the top four race intensifies.
Chelsea are still in two competitions and Maurizio Sarri has an eye also on the Europa League as he aims to end the season with silverware. Sarri rested Hazard for the first leg of the semifinal clash against Eintracht Frankfurt away in Germany, and Sarri has revealed that he’s also going to make some changes to the team that will face Watford.
Sarri said: “We have to play again 62 hours after our last game, but it’s up to us to recover mentally and have a very high level of motivation and confidence,’ the boss said.
“It’s a dangerous match, of course. After 62 hours any opponent would be dangerous. It won’t be easy. In England every match is a battle, and you risk paying for that. We spent physical and mental energy against Frankfurt.
“We will need to change some players in the starting XI. I don’t know how many, but I think four or five players. We have the top four in our hands, but we need to win the last matches.”
Sarri was blasted for resting Eden Hazard against Eintracht Frankfurt, an important game for Chelsea, but the Italian revealed that he had a good reason for doing so, as he rested Hazard for Watford.
Sarri explained his decision as he said after the Frankfurt game: “This match was number 59 I think and Hazard also played eight matches in the national team.
“For a player it’s impossible to play 70, 75 matches in a season. Sometimes Hazard, like all the other players, needs to not play for 90 minutes. This is the first reason.
“The second is that Eden is usually able to change the match from the bench. For me it was better to start with Willian and try in the last 30 minutes with Eden.”