Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will rotate his squad ahead of this weekend’s trip to West London rivals Fulham.
Having endured tough encounters with Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and Tottenham on Wednesday, the former of which went to extra-time and penalties, Sarri insists changes will need to be made to keep his side fresh.
“I think we need to change three or four players, I don’t know how many (precisely),” Sarri told his pre-match press conference.
“On Sunday we played for 130 minutes and 95 minutes on Wednesday, so we need to value the recovery.
“We ran for 15 kilometres on Sunday on average, and the average of the last match was 12km. I need to value the recovery of every single player. Then we have to decide (the team).”
Kepa Arrizabalaga could return for Chelsea to replace Willy Caballero, the goalkeeper having been dropped for the win over Tottenham following his refusal to be substituted during the cup final defeat to City.