Chelsea were less than impressive despite getting three points at Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a 2-1 victory. The win in Wales means that Maurizio Sarri’s side are just one point behind Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the race for the top four, with the Gunners playing tonight against Newcastle United.
Manchester United are also in the chase for the Champions League places and it looks like it is going to go down to the wire. The Blues need to pick up as many wins as possible and that starts with Brighton & Hove Albion who are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
But what changes must Sarri make to his team to the one that took the field on Sunday? Hudson-Odoi has struggled for regular first-team action this season and has grown frustrated at his lack of minutes.
The winger tried to force through a move to Bayern Munich during the January transfer window but Chelsea refused to let him go, making it clear he has a future at Stamford Bridge.
Despite not yet making his full Premier League debut, Hudson-Odoi shone for England during the international break. The 18-year-old was hotly tipped to start Sunday’s win at Cardiff.
But despite Eden Hazard being rested, Hudson-Odoi remained an unused substitute. Chelsea are back in action against Brighton tomorrow evening and Sarri has indicated the youngster could finally be given a chance.
Other Changes Maurizio Sarri ought to make to in other to regain Chelsea fans trust includes;
Christensen for Luiz
Luiz’s form has been up and down this season, and he hasn’t played many games in a row. Meanwhile, Andreas Christensen has had to stick mainly to cup competitions. Christensen now should be seeing more match time for the Blues and it should start on Wednesday.
Emerson for Alonso
Alonso’s performance was again below par, although he did bag an assist for Cesar Azpilicueta with the flicked header. However, Emerson deserves another chance and to break Brighton down the Italy international should be starting.
Loftus-Cheek for Kovacic
When Loftus-Cheek came on against Cardiff City he brought another type of the energy to the midfield and really moved the team forward.
Of course his performance was capped off with the winner and proof that he should be starting more matches, with the back issues seemingly in his past. It should be a simple decision for Sarri to make and the England international should be starting.
Kante for Barkley
Sarri wanted to rest the France World Cup winner in Wales so that he would be ready for Brighton during the week.
If any player could endure the amount of matches that they have to play in a season then it is N’Golo Kante. He will come straight back into the starting team and should be fresh after his break.
Hazard for Pedro
Eden Hazard was also rested at Cardiff, however he was much needed to come on and bring some extra skill and energy. It was a risk to put Hazard on the bench and there is no way that he will be doing that once again against the Seagulls.
The Belgian needs to have a big seven Premier League matches for the Blues to get into the Champions League for next season and it must start on Wednesday night.
Giroud for Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain has had a tough start to life with Chelsea, having just three goals to his name that have come against Huddersfield and Fulham.
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has been on fire in the Europa League and then scored a brace for France in their internationals last week. It’s time for Sarri to mix up his strikers and see if Giroud can bring something extra to the team.
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