Chelsea go into tonight’s game knowing that a win can guarantee them top spot in their Champions League group.
But they also know that they have a punishing schedule coming up, and that this is a unique chance to rest some legs, given they’re already through, at the very least in second place.
It’s also important to give a chance to so many of the players who aren’t playing week in, week out in the Premier League.
So Frank Lampard has decided to go all out on the rotation, leaving just Mateo Kovacic and Edouard Mendy from the weekend’s game.
It’s a risky move, but a gamble we totally understand given the circumstances. On social media the team got a mixed reaction, with most backing the manager to balance his various needs nicely.
As one Tweeter put it, it’s “a team that can do a job.”
You can see a selection of the reaction on social media here:
🚨 Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi start on the wings for Chelsea tonight.
22 and 20. Chelsea’s starboys’ chance to shine tonight. pic.twitter.com/xUcp5b32TJ
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) December 2, 2020
Lampard resting A LOT of key men tonight. A lot. But going forward we still have names like Pulisic, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi & Giroud.
Regarding the other end of the pitch… ummmmm, I’ll choose to comment after the game. But at least we have Azpi & Mendy back there.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) December 2, 2020
Frank has rotated. Five subs available but most that are starting could do with the minutes. Expecting Gilmour to get some good minutes in the second half and Pulisic to get subbed off in the second half
Let’s go! 💙👊🏼
— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) December 2, 2020
A team that can do a job
Loving the Pulisic, CHO, Havertz triumvirate
Come On Chelsea!!!!! https://t.co/1zseO53pQy
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) December 2, 2020
Last start for Chelsea’s team in Seville:
Emerson – 23 September
Giroud – 29 September
Christensen – 17 October
Pulisic – 24…