Need to get three points and also select the right lineup!
With the business end of the season upon us games are coming thick and fast as Chelsea play Brighton in the Premier League having missed this fixture due to the League Cup final. Brighton are 15th in the table having lost at the weekend to Southampton and having won 2 and lost 3 of their last 5 games. Chelsea beat Brighton in the reverse fixture 1-2 thanks to goals from Pedro and Hazard in the first half. Brighton along with Southampton, and Burnley are in danger of getting dragged into the relegation zone being just 5 points ahead of Cardiff who are 18th. Chelsea are 6th and 3 points behind Arsenal who are 3rd but a win could see us move up to 4th in the table if results elsewhere go our way. The priority is to get the three points, but after the manner in which we won against Cardiff the focus is on Sarri, his starting lineup and is future.
In my opinion if Sarri get’s the Champions League next season by either winning the Europa League or finishing in the top four or both, he will stay at Chelsea for next season. There are a group of fans who want Sarri to leave and several have joined that group since the game at Cardiff but with the transfer ban coming up it would be really hard to bring in a manager who would not be able to build a squad. The biggest problem with Sarri that most sensible Chelsea fans have is his stubbornness and will to stick with players like Willian, Pedro, and Alonso when better options are there. The whole world can see that Hudson-Odoi is our second best winger, and that Emerson is better than Alonso but his persistence and ego might get him the sack. Sarri’s football works but he has to give youth a chance and he has to be more flexible otherwise he will continue to lose support amongst the fan base. The game tomorrow is not just important for the three points but also to see whether Sarri has learned from Cardiff.
Chelsea Team Preview
Kepa should start in goal, Azpi should start on the right with Christensen accompanied either one of Luiz or Rudiger. Emerson should start ahead of Alonso. Jorginho should in the regista role and RLC and Kante should start ahead of him. RLC might be dealing with a back problem but sub him off he needs to start. Up front Hazard has to be accompanied by Hudson-Odoi, and either one of Giroud or Higuain could start. Emerson, CHO, RLC, and Christensen need to start with Hazard and Kante coming in, otherwise if they don’t and we are not winning the atmosphere could turn very toxic.
Brighton Team Preview
Gross is missing but Andone could make an appearance.
Starting XI Prediction
Three points are a must for Chelsea but for his own sake Sarri has to pick a lineup that appeases the fan’s if Willian, Pedro, or Alonso are on the pitch there will be serious uproars from the fans. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!