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Chelsea have a hectic schedule ahead, with Frank Lampard’s side to play four games in less than two weeks.
But first, Chelsea must make the odd trip of 4200 miles to and fro the Russian town, before facing a stubborn Burnley side away from home on Saturday afternoon.
Frank Lampard must rotate his squad for this game, and also keep a good balance that will ensure that the team come out tops. A win for Chelsea in this game is paramount, as the Blues must not only aim to qualify, but also qualify as group leaders.
Lampard is caught between naming a strong team to face Krasnodar and also rotating his players for the next league game, and Blues hero Pat Nevin is unsure of the squad Lampard will name for this game.
Nevin wrote in his column for the club’s website: “I couldn’t be sure of any more than about five of our starting line-up for this one, but that is probably a good thing. The opposition will not know either until the last minute so it could scupper their prep.
“In fact, there is a good deal of uncertainty that surrounds the entire fixture as Krasnodar are far from being a well-recognised team in the Champions League, and they made five outfield changes in their last two games. A trip into the unknown. How very unusual and very exciting.”