The journey continues.
Chelsea will play Dynamo Kyiv in the 1st leg of the Europa League Round of 16. Kyiv are second in the Ukrainian Premier League 7 points behind 1st placed Shakhtar Donetsk. Kyiv beat Olympiakos 3-2 on aggregate previous round and are unbeaten in their last four games. Chelsea did play Dynamo in the group stage of the Champions League in 2015 in which we beat them 2-1 at home under Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea go into the game with good form of our own as we beat Tottenham and Fulham in our previous two league matches. The Europa League is a realistic alternative to the Champions League due to the fight for 3rd and 4th being fought between Spurs, Arsenal, United, and Chelsea. All those teams still remain in European competitions at the moment and so all will have several more fixtures to play although with Arsenal and Chelsea being in the Europa League they will have more fixtures to play. Chelsea need to take this competition seriously and with the home game first we need to get a convincing win that we can take to Kyiv which is no easy place to go to. Sarri also needs to look to play youth in these games as we have Wolves at the weekend in what is another tough fixture in the Premier League and with Arsenal and United playing each other we cannot afford to slip up.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea should have a full squad to select from and we should see some rotation with several changes made against Fulham. Sarri should field a strong lineup as he looks to finish of the tie in the first leg. Caballero should be back in goal although Kepa did put in a really strong performance against Fulham. I would like to see Zappacosta start so Azpi can get a rest but that wont be the case. Luiz and Christensen should start in the centre while Alonso might be back on the left. Kovacic, Kante, and RLC should start in the midfield while Hazard, Giroud, and Hudson-Odoi start up front. I would like to see Ampadu get a chance ahead of Kante.
Starting XI Prediction –
Chelsea need to win and win convincingly as we look to continue our journey in the Europa League. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!