Chelsea may have been able to secure Champions League qualification following their 3-0 win over Watford, but they suffered a huge blow in that game after N’Golo Kante had to be withdrawn due to a hamstring injury.
The west London club now look set to be without one of their key midfielders for upcoming clashes against Eintracht Frankfurt and Leicester City, with Maurizio Sarri admitting it will be difficult for him to recover in time (Sky Sports).
With that in mind, here are two potential consequences that could be in store for Chelsea after the loss of their Frenchman.
Chelsea Lose Third Place To Tottenham
A win in their final Premier League game of the season against Leicester will be enough to guarantee Chelsea a third-place finish.
But looking at the Foxes’ recent performance against Manchester City alone, Sarri’s side could be in for a tricky afternoon at the King Power.
With the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans being so precise on the counter-attack, Sunday’s game is one where you want a player like Kante in your team.
With that unlikely, though, it would not be a surprise to see Chelsea drop points and surrender third to their fierce rivals Tottenham.
Tiemoue Bakayoko Returns To Stamford Bridge
Currently, Chelsea have no real alternative to Kante in their squad.
Considering that, should things go wrong for the Blues in the Europa League and at the King Power in Kante’s absence, it could force Sarri to add another more defensive-minded midfielder to his ranks next season.
And if the Stamford Bridge hierarchy do not want to spend any more money or, cannot should their transfer embargo not be frozen, then Tiemoue Bakayoko could be a possible option for the Italian.
The 24-year-old has rediscovered his AS Monaco form at AC Milan and has a lot of the attributes needed to fulfil that box-to-box role Kante has been fulfilling this term.
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