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Chelsea have four games to play in less than two weeks, as Frank Lampard prepares his side for a very hectic fixture.
Chelsea will be away to Russian side Krasnodar in the Champions League, our second group game in the Champions League this season, and it will be a hectic one for the team, as they’d have to fly thousands of miles to Russia before returning for an away game to stubborn Burnley on Saturday, and then face Rennes next Wednesday and Sheffield United on Saturday.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has urged Frank Lampard to rotate his squad for the game against Krasnodar, as he also admits that the Blues manager faces the dilemma of rotating players for this game and finding the right balance to getting a victory.
For Nevin, Lampard should go for a youthful team of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic who hasn’t really played much this season.
He wrote in his column for the club’s official website: “The starting XI for this one will take a great deal of thought from Frank. Having drawn with Sevilla, three points would be very handy here, but he has to be careful not to push players too far this early in the season.
“I am sure he will want as many youthful, energetic and tireless legs on the field as possible, so I will not be surprised if the young guns such as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are used from the start.
“Then of course there are the likes of Mateo Kovacic, who could really do with another 90 minutes pretty soon. He should also have plenty of energy to spare. It doesn’t matter that the lads will be in the most comfortable airplane in the skies, travelling is tiring, especially when it involves crossing time zones.”