Chelsea travel to Belarus for their Europa league encounter with BATE Borisov today. The manager has decided to leave out five senior players for the encounter to avoid fatigue.
Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger have been told to remain in London as the club travel to another tough test in Belarus.
It is also claimed that Victor Moses, Marcos Alonso and David Luis won’t be in the squad to take on BATE.
The manager is using this encounter to grant much-needed game time to fringe players such as Emerson and Andreas Christensen, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also expected to start. If this is so, it begs the question why Victor Moses is not included in the traveling party.
One senior team player that will be allegedly included in the team traveling to Belarus though is Eden Hazard despite suggestions to the contrary.
The Belgian suffered a back problem during a league match against Manchester United last month. It was hoped that after his limited appearance against Crystal Palace, a rest was not out-of-place.
However, Maurizio Sarri has opted to include the agile and pacy attacker in the team to face Bate Borisov today.
The reason proffered for the omission of the five aforementioned senior players is to avoid unnecessary fatigue as they go into the busy December period and to provide playing opportunities for fringe players.