Seven Chelsea stars at risk of suspension for second-leg clash against Real Madrid
Seven Chelsea stars could be at risk of suspension for the second leg against Real Madrid
Seven key players from Chelsea risk suspension, (h/t Football.London), if they receive a yellow card during the first leg of the Champions League match against Real Madrid.
A single yellow card would prevent Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, and Mykhailo Mudryk from playing in the return match at Stamford Bridge.
Fernandez currently has four warnings and is just one yellow away from being thrown out on suspension after three yellows, which increases with each odd number.
Yellow cards will be reset from the semifinals. Hence, being on our best behaviour in the first leg is a must so that we can then be at ease for the return leg on 18 April at Stamford Bridge. No yellows for time-wasting, needless reactions, or over-the-top celebrations should be the instruction in the dressing room.
And each player will play a crucial role in this game, so Potter will need to make a careful decision on who to start with. Potter has ample time to assess the strongest eleven for the game, which could work in the team’s favour.
Before travelling to Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea will play four Premier League games, during which we will have to manage our players’ playing time and ensure they aren’t burned out for the European games. We must try for top-four but there is no doubt that sacrificing the Premier League season would make sense in order to win the Champions League.
Yet, if the Blues succeed in defeating Real Madrid, they will have to contend with another difficult foe, who may be either Bayern Munich or Manchester City. And in April, Potter will have a huge challenge ahead of him, and finishing in the top four could be another high objective.
Starting all of the aforementioned players, who would likely miss the second game if given a yellow card, will be exceedingly costly for Potter.
Potter will decide who to start within the first leg, though. We have adequate depth in defence and midfield, so it won’t be an issue if Gallagher or even Koulibaly are suspended. if Fernandez, James, or Kepa receive a yellow card, we will have a serious dilemma given that they are now some of the most crucial players for the squad.
More Chelsea News:
- Wesley Fofana claims Chelsea star Mykhaylo Mudryk is quicker than Kylian Mbappe
- Todd Boehly steps down from Mason Mount contract negotiations at Chelsea
- Neymar has ‘no intention’ of leaving PSG amidst Chelsea interest
Due to the presence of Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling, Silva and Mudryk’s potential absence won’t be noticed quite as much. But we just hope that none of them get suspended, as Potter will then have enough depth for second-leg.
Chelsea could sign AC Milan superstar on cut-price deal this summer
Chelsea could sign Rafael Leao in the summer fro AC Milan After failing to sign him during the winter transfer...
Premier League rivals set to beat Chelsea to Watford starlet
Manchester United are close to signing Chelsea target Harry Amass from Watford’s youth academy Chelsea may lose out to Manchester...
Chelsea face battle to keep sought- after coach following Bayern Munich overhaul
Chelsea face battle to keep Anthony Barry after Bayern Munich hiring Thomas Tuchel Chelsea will have the battle to keep...
Legendary striker urges patience regarding countryman’s struggles at Chelsea
Andriy Shevchenko calls for patience towards under-fire Chelsea winger Mykhaylo Mudryk Former Chelsea star Andriy Shevchenko has called for patience...
Report: Chelsea star’s future is up in the air following lull in contract talks
The future of Mateo Kovacic at Chelsea looks uncertain with no contract talks The future of Mateo Kovacic remains uncertain...
Boost for Chelsea as star midfielder is ramping up efforts to boost fitness
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante took part in a friendly to boost up his fitness According to The Athletic (subscription required), Chelsea midfielder...