Chelsea will be up for a stern test when they gear up to face Bundesliga high flyers Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of Europa League semifinals.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten in the competition this season boasting a near perfect record of 11 wins out of 12 which is the highest managed by an English team in a single European campaign.
However, the Blues will still be wary of Frankfurt and especially their lethal attacking trio of Ante Rebic, Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic.
The Blues go into the tie following a stalemate with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is the only long term casualty for the Blues as the youngster ruptured his Achilles heel against Burnley and has since undergone surgery on the same.
Antonio Rudiger will be another big miss for the Blues after the German took a knock on his already injured knee against Manchester United.
Willian’s contention remains in doubt after a rough tackle from Marcos Rojo left the Brazilian in some pain which later deemed as an ‘orange card’ challenge by Maurizio Sarri.
With Antonio Rudiger out, Andreas Christensen is all but certain to be fill in for the German.
Marcos Alonso could also be tested in favour of Emerson Palmieri since the Spaniard has just recovered from a gluteal injury.
In the midfield, either of Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus Cheek could replace Mateo Kovacic with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho expected to keep their places.
Upfront Olivier Giroud will look to continue his merry way in this year’s competition which he has top scored with 10 goals.