[Teams] Slavia Prague vs Chelsea: Confirmed line-ups for Europa League clash
Chelsea will be looking to bring home a positive result from the first leg of their Europa League tie with Slavia Prague. Here are the line-ups:
Chelsea will be looking to bring home a positive result from the first leg of their Europa League quarter final with Slavia Prague this evening.
Maurizio Sarri has gone with the exact starting eleven that we predicted in our article earlier with Kepa starting in goal and Andreas Christensen coming in for David Luiz in defence. Marcos Alonso is also recalled in place of Emerson Palmeiri at left-back while Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger keep their places in the back four.
Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic are recalled in midfield with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante dropping to the bench but Jorginho keeps his place in the deep-lying playmaker position for the Blues.
As expected, Eden Hazard is rested while Callum Hudson-Odoi isn’t named in the matchday squad with Willian and Pedro both recalled in attack after being named on the bench against West Ham on Monday night.
The Chelsea boss has switched his strikers with Olivier Giroud coming in to replace Gonzalo Higuain up front. The likes of Hazard, Kante, Higuain and Luiz are named among the substitutes as Sarri rests his players ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Here are the confirmed line-ups:
Kolar; Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril; Traore, Kral; Masopust, Sevcik, Stoch; Olayinka
Subs: Kovar, Zmrhal, Husbauer, van Buren, Kudela, Skoda, Frydrych
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian
Subs: Caballero, Kante, Higuaín, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Zappacosta, David Luiz
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