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Seven Chelsea Stars at Risk of Suspension for Real Madrid Clash: Manager Potter Faces Dilemma

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Seven Chelsea Stars at Risk of Suspension for Real Madrid Clash: Manager Potter Faces Dilemma

There is a possibility that seven Chelsea players could face suspension for the second leg against Real Madrid. If any of these seven players, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, and Mykhailo Mudryk, receive a yellow card during the first leg of the Champions League match against Real Madrid, they will not be able to play in the return match at Stamford Bridge.

Enzo Fernandez is particularly at risk, having already received four yellow cards and only needing one more to be suspended from the next match due to a system where the number of yellow cards required for suspension increases with each odd number.

To avoid this, the team must be on their best behavior in the first leg, avoiding unnecessary reactions, time-wasting, or excessive celebrations to ensure they can play at full strength in the return leg on April 18th. It is worth noting that yellow cards will reset after the semifinals.

Enzo Fernandez is particularly at risk as he already has four warnings, and a fifth yellow card would mean suspension due to a system where the number of yellow cards required for suspension increases with each odd number.

To ensure that the team is at full strength for the return leg, the players must avoid any unnecessary reactions, time-wasting, or excessive celebrations during the first leg. However, yellow cards will reset after the semifinals.

Ahead of their trip to Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea will play four Premier League games, and it will be essential to manage the players’ playing time to prevent exhaustion for the European games. While achieving a top-four position is important, winning the Champions League could be the main priority, even if it means sacrificing the Premier League season.

If Chelsea defeats Real Madrid, they may face another challenging opponent, either Bayern Munich or Manchester City, in the following round. Therefore, the team will have a significant challenge ahead of them in April, and finishing in the top four could be another critical objective. Manager Potter will need to make careful decisions regarding the starting eleven for the game. However, he has ample time to assess the situation and plan accordingly.

Fortunately, the team has sufficient depth in defense and midfield, so it won’t be a significant issue if Conor Gallagher or Kalidou Koulibaly are suspended. However, if Enzo Fernandez, Reece James, or Kepa Arrizabalaga receive a yellow card, it could present a significant dilemma since they are vital players for the team. Therefore, Potter will need to make a strategic decision about the starting lineup to ensure that the team can perform well in the first leg and have all of their key players available for the return match.

Seven Chelsea Stars at Risk of Suspension for Real Madrid Clash: Manager Potter Faces Dilemma

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