Our Chelsea fans here are hoping their team can reach the semi-final of the Carabao Cup this term with a win against Bournemouth, with fans desperate for some silverware.
Chelsea currently sit third in the Premier League, four points ahead of Liverpool and boss Antonio Conte will be hoping to use the momentum of his side’s league form to win his first domestic cup competition by progressing through this round of fixtures.
A lot of the Stamford Bridge squad are in desperate need of a rest due to a lot of injuries and Conte is dealing with a threadbare squad after a disappointing summer transfer window failed to bring very much reinforcement.
Conte would surely be hoping to give rest to key players ahead of what is always a busy festive period, and as the competition for the top four heats up – with the usual top six teams and surprise package Burnley – any advantage in terms of a fresh squad will want to be taken.
We have taken a look at two players that Conte desperately needs to drop for this quarter-final…
Conte should look to rest Kante to avoid a repeat of what happened at the start of the season, with a host of injuries to his midfield men leaving the Chelsea boss with the bare minimum to chose from.
Chelsea hit a little rocky patch while the midfield enforcer was out of action and if they are to challenge a little more in the league and ensure a top-four finish, a fit Kante is essential to Conte’s plans.
Bringing in a fringe player or giving a youngster a chance could open up a new avenue of choice for Conte further down the line.
Although the Spaniard has been largely rested for the past couple of matches, it clearly showed with his cameo appearance against Southampton that he’s going to need more time to get back to the Morata of a few weeks ago.
Conte has struggled to rest his lone striker due to a lack of trust and quality in his second choice striker Michy Batshuayi, sometimes opting to play Hazard in a false nine formation instead.
If Chelsea want to win trophies this season, a striker is essential in the upcoming January window, but for now, they have to take advantage of the cup distraction and rotate the squad to keep it as fresh as they possibly can.
Michy Batshuayi should be keen to do a job here.