Chelsea will be looking to put Sunday’s setback behind when they travel to Ukraine for the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie against Dynamo Kyiv.
Progression is all but secured following a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last week, although the Blues have been prone to capitulations of the highest order this season and as such complacency will need to be checked and rechecked over the course of the 90 minutes.
Having put Kyiv to the sword in the first leg Maurizio Sarri has the luxury of resting the majority of his key players ahead of their clash at Everton in the Premier League, a game that could well prove crucial to their ambitions to reach the promised land of the Champions League. Both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be expectant of more game time.
Chelsea have no fresh injury worries ahead of the next instalment of what is proving to be quite a busy schedule.
Here is how we predict the Blues to line up on Thursday night:
GK - Willy Caballero
Expected to take up goalkeeping duties as Kepa Arrizabalaga sits out.
RB - Davide Zappacosta
Need to see more of the striding runs that open up space for his teammates. His crossing can’t be too much worse than Cesar Azpilicueta’s was on Sunday.
CB - Andreas Christensen
The only thing that can help him improve his composure on the ball is game time because everyone witnessed last season how much of an asset he can be in possession.
CB - David Luiz
Always provides a threat from deep and his searching balls will help release runners in behind in a game that has the potential to get bogged down in a compact midfield.
LB - Marcos Alonso
Must use these opportunities to prove to Sarri that he can ably balance his defensive and offensive responsibilities.
CM - Ross Barkley
Another goal and a dominating midfield display will see him push for a start on his return to Goodison Park at the weekend.
CM - Jorginho
The Chelsea faithful have seen a steady improvement in the performances of their favourite Italian scapegoat.
CM - Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Added a great amount of mobility when he came on and it was abundantly clear his forward momentum benefitted the side in the attack.
RW - Callum Hudson- Odoi
Everyone in the crowd was seemingly dismayed after not seeing the 18-year-old start last time out against Kyiv, but that didn’t stop him from coming off the bench to notch Chelsea’s third goal late on.
ST - Olivier Giroud
Had to settle for just the assist last time out, ending his impressive scoring streak in the competition, but having said that his flick into the path of Pedro was sublime.
LW - Willian
Scored a superb free kick in the first leg and will be looking to add to his tally on Thursday as he returns to the country where he made his name.