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Maurizio Sarri and Olivier Giroud will be speaking to the media today (Wednesday) and here we look at the possible subjects that could be discussed...


What time and where is the press conference?

The press conference starts at 7pm UK time. As usual it can viewed live on Chelsea TV and The 5th Stand App
 

Who will be answering questions from the media?

As is always the case before European matches, Maurizio Sarri and one of his players, in this case Olivier Giroud, will field questions from the journalists present. The identity of the player is yet to be announced. 


Potential discussion points

Here we take a look at some of the topics that might be raised...
 

Injury update 

The boss is likely to be asked for a fitness update on Toni Rudiger. The defender was forced from the pitch during the first half of the weekend game at Liverpool with a painful-looking injury but immediately after the game Sarri was not in position to give further details on the nature of the problem.
He explained at that stage that further examination at Cobham was likely to be needed before the full extent of the injury would be known. Three days on, reporters will ask about the result of those tests, and for an estimation on the length of time the German will be out, if any.


Team selection

With young players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi recently first-choice selections in the Premier League, will they still be given the starting berths in a Europa League game they would have anticipated earlier in the season as the busy schedule continues? Reporters may seek clues to aspects of Sarri’s team choice, including whether he will make the similar number of changes between Premier League and European matches as previously.

Time for Eden in the Europa?

So far Sarri has started our no.10 once in this competition but with the Europa League in the latter stages and an achievable route to Champions League qualification, the Italian might be asked if he is tempted to use Hazard from the off this time. He introduced him relatively early the first leg against a Slavia side who were proving tough opponents.

 

The balance of the tie

With Chelsea currently in the driving seat in the contest with a lead from the away leg, but knowing that a single goal conceded in the second meeting means it is suddenly all-square, how should Sarri’s team approach the start of the game? He may give an indication.

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