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08 August 2019 07:03

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  • Here are the confirmed line-ups: Chelsea Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Willian.

Here are the confirmed line-ups: Chelsea Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Willian.

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Chelsea to bend their own rules to keep David Luiz as threat of transfer ban looms

Chelsea smashed Dinamo Kiev 5-0 in the Europa League last night, and while they were hardly up to much in attack, it was a clean sheet for the defence of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. The hectic fixtures recently have meant that Christensen, the third choice in the position this season, has actually ended up playing 3 of 4 games as Sarri has saved his first choice pair of David Luiz and Rudiger for bigger games. What has happened, though is that Christensen and Rudiger have been looking better and better, creating question marks about whether Brazilian legend Luiz should come back in. Of course he has the pedigree, and some of the things he's done with the ball at his feet this season have been quite amazing. But there's no denying the pair out there last night looked pretty solid, and that Luiz's error proneness always mean that managers are looking for a better option.

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We don't expect it to change soon, but AC has shown his manager repeatedly this month that he's pushing for more time. Hazard, Kanté, Higuaín dropped to the Chelsea bench Eden Hazard is only on the bench for Chelsea as they host Dynamo Kiev on Thursday evening. The Belgian is replaced by Pedro as Maurizio Sarri rotates his team. David Luiz, Davide Zappacosta and Marcos Alonso replace Antonio Rüdiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson in defence. There is also a change in midfield, where Mateo Kovacic replaces N'Golo Kanté.

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Olivier Giroud starts up front instead of Gonzalo Higuaín. Chelsea will be looking to secure a healthy lead when they take on Dynamo Kyiv in their Europa League last-16 first leg clash at Stamford Bridge this evening. Maurizio Sarri has made plenty of changes to his side with Davide Zappacosta coming in to the defence along with Marcos Alonso as Cesar Azpilicueta and Emerson Palmeiri make way. David Luiz starts alongside Andreas Christensen in the middle of defence with Antonio Rudiger missing out. Mateo Kovacic comes in to join Jorginho and Ross Barkley in midfield with N'Golo Kante getting a rest.

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Eden Hazard is given a breather ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Wolves while Gonzalo Higuain also drop to the bench with Pedro and Willian supporting Olivier Giroud in attack. Youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi must therefore make-do with a place among the substitutes. Kepa keeps his place between the sticks with Willy Caballero named on the bench. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Chelsea Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Willian. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Higuain, Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi.

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Kyiv Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko, Shepeliev, Sydorchuk, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy, Rusyn. Subs: Bushchan, Pereira, Andrievsky, Garmash, Tsitashvilli, Kadar, Smyrnyi Antonio Rudiger lifted the lid on his team-mates in an interview with Soccer AM Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger has been one of the standout performers at Stamford Bridge over the past two seasons. The Run In continues this weekend and Chelsea will hope to put a huge dent in Liverpool's title challenge when they visit Anfield live on Super Sunday. Ahead of the trip the German has lifted the lid on the ins and outs of the Chelsea dressing room. Read on to see which England star Rudiger would choose to be stranded on a desert island with, whose Bob Marley impression brought the house down and why you can never be angry at N'Golo Kante – even if he is never on time.