Date: 20th February 2016 at 12:19pm
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This time of the season sees clubs, who have been successful, faced with a plethora of fixtures.

However, as our FA Cup 5th round tie with Manchester City fast approaching, it seems that it is not only a plethora of fixtures that is a contributing to team-selection but also injuries.

Chelsea will be facing Manchester City without their two first choice centre-backs in John Terry and Kurt Zouma, but it seems Manchester City have far worse injury concerns with Manuel Pellegrini admitting he only has thirteen fit senior players to choose from.

Whilst Chelsea are only chasing silverware on two fronts – The FA Cup and the Champions League, our opponents are still actively chasing honours on all four fronts. Furthermore, our visitors have the small matter of a Champions League trip to take on Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday and then a Capital One Cup Final date with Liverpool next weekend.

Therefore, whilst Guus Hiddink is prepared to pick his strongest available starting eleven, it seems that isn`t the case with Manuel Pellegrini, who seems resigned to having to play some youngsters.

Starting with Guus, this is what the Chelsea manager had to say about the game this coming Sunday,

‘I will make hardly any changes because we take the FA Cup very seriously. Winning the FA Cup is a prestigious prize in England but also worldwide.’

With Pellegrini finishing with,

‘We have just 13 (senior) players available to play. We have to play Champions League on Wednesday. We’ll see the best team we can play on Sunday. Young players have the option and they must take their chances.

‘For me the priority is always the next game but we must make an exception now because of so many injuries.

‘We never think about four trophies – we go game by game.’


Have, may I ask, circumstances contrived to give Chelsea a helping hand into the quarter-finals of the competition.

 
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