Chelsea’s list of players to travel to Greece to face PAOK has been released, and a lot of Chelsea fans might be unhappy to know that our star man, Eden Hazard is conspicuously missing from there. But sad as it may be not to watch him represent us in our first game in Europe this season, it is probably for the best.
Football is a gruelling sport, and with lots of fixtures waiting for us this season in not just the Europa League, but also in the FA Cup, League cup, and The EPL, squad management is very important as it can be the difference between winning the vital ones, and losing out. If we begin to subject all of our players to the difficult task of playing at least, twice a week, it will be a matter of time till they burn out, and it falls back on the team.
It is very important to know what players to choose for what games, so as not to risk losing key players to injury. Of course, it’s not possible to go through the entire Europa League without our key men, but with us already doing well in the league, why bother to sacrifice players in the early stages of a competition that isn’t our core target.
For me, the logic is save certain players for now, and if we do get to the latter stages of the Europa league, then, maybe they can be introduced.
As important as the Europa league is, I think it makes more sense to focus on the league, after all, we’re getting the same prize in the end, which is a place in the UCL next season.
So I think that Sarri’s decision to keep Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic is a very laudable one, and is of more benefit to us than it isn’t.
We will not be watching him in the competition for now, but that would only save his energy and health, and leave him in fresher condition for our fixtures in the EPL.