For weeks leading up to today's FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini has spoken out against the timing of the fixture, stating that he will play many youth players in order to keep the senior players fit for more important matches. Chelsea, who already played their Champions League match this past week, will not have that issue and will be fielding a full side. Hence, this is going to be an interesting match. It also means this match will probably not be one for those who believe in the 'magic of the FA Cup'.
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Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Mikel; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. #FACup— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 21, 2016
Yup, loooots of youth in the team. Full debuts for Adarabioyo, Aleix Garcia, and David Faupala while Bersant Celina and Manu Garcia also get another run out. There is more youth on the bench in Cameron Humphreys and Brandon Barker as well. Chelsea have fielded the same team that lost at PSG on Tuesday, which is perhaps their best lineup right now. With Pellegrini clearly focused on other competitions, this should be an interesting match.
Thoughts on the lineup? Predictions for the match? Comment away!