The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are divided. There is a sense of optimism after their side’s display last night amongst some fans, whilst others fear that the way that the Blues lost their 2-0 lead is a sign of bad things to come at Stamford Bridge. Whatever the case, there is surely going to be one thing that they can agree on – and that is that Antonio Conte’s latest admission is a big worry for Chelsea.
Following Chelsea’s draw with Roma, Antonio Conte revealed that the duo of David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko – who formed two-thirds of Chelsea’s midfield on Wednesday – both picked up injuries during the game. In the case of Luiz, it was a calf problem, whilst Bakayoko is also suffering with groin pain.
Conte says David Luiz had a pain in his calf so it was important to protect him. Bakayoko also has a pain in his groin. #CHEROM
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 18, 2017
This is an even bigger problem for Chelsea than it appears on the surface, with the duo of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater also likely out of contention ahead of this weekend’s clash with Watford. As a result, it seems likely that Cesc Fabregas could be the only Chelsea midfielder that is fully fit – and that’s a massive issue for the Blues.
Chelsea, of course, have typically utilised a system with three central midfielders this season, and so Conte will struggle to pick a team with those demands, unless, of course, he turns to young players.
Knowing Chelsea, that seems unlikely, and so as a result we could expect a few big system changes for the Blues this weekend. Antonio Conte will, of course, be hoping that his midfielders make a rapid recovery.
Chelsea are already short on depth, and this is only going to make things worse.
Conte doesn’t seem to think that either player will definitely be out for a long period of time, but it’s still a big concern for him. The fact that Tiemoue Bakayoko finished the game is a good sign, though.
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