Maurizio Sarri revealed in a pre-match press conference, via Chelsea FC, that the injury picked up at the weekend by N’Golo Kante will indeed keep him out of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final, as well as the final Premier League game of the season;
“He had a problem with his hamstring.”
“It was not very serious but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks. We can try to recover him for the final if we make it.”
The manager also sent out a warning to his players and anyone expecting a routine victory at Stamford Bridge against Frankfurt, who lost 6-1 in the Bundesliga this past weekend;
“It’s not easy because we have to play a dangerous team, as we saw in the first leg. They are dynamic, aggressive and dangerous in the offensive phase, especially when they find space in counter-attacks, so it’s a dangerous match.”
The biggest question mark will be whether or not the manager picks Mateo Kovacic or Ross Barkley in midfield to replace N’Golo Kante, while Eden Hazard is likely to start instead of being on the bench, as he was in the first leg.
Champions League football has been secured for next season with a top four finish confirmed, so it’s set to be a full-strength side at home to hopefully send the Blues through to another European final and cap off a relatively successful season – all things considered.
CFCnet’s Predicted Chelsea Line Up vs Frankfurt
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso
Midfield: Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic
Attack: Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, Pedro