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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.
A Chelsea fan by name Iyasu has given a somewhat rotated and yet interesting line-up for this game. He has opted to rest key figures like Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, but it is still a strong squad nevertheless.
Check out his line-up below
Introducing Callum Hudson-Odoi won’t be a bad idea, knowing his exploits on his day, and he surely does need game time to keep improving. Tammy Abraham could also be in line for his second start of the season, and Hakim Ziyech should also be in need of a first start as he aims to rediscover his best form since injury.
Mason Mount has been in and out of the team this season, and this will present a good starting opportunity, while bringing back Mateo Kovacic is a must for this game. He hasn’t played much this season, and has definitely been missed. N’Golo Kante’s steel will still be needed in midfield.
Ben Chilwell is deserving of a rest after a fine start to his Chelsea career, considering his recent return from injury. Emerson Palmieri should do a decent job, with Cesar Azpilicueta continuing at the right, and Reece James resting for the upcoming game against Burnley. A centre-back pairing of Antonio Rudiger and Fikayo Tomori isn’t a bad idea, as Thiago Silva needs to be rested for the next game, and of course, we still need the reliable Edouard Mendy in goal.
We love this line-up from Iyasu; what are your thoughts?