Chelsea’s Champions League Dilemma

Chelsea have been very active in the winter transfer window, the club have signed eight players with seven of them being permanent additions.

However, the West London side must now select a maximum of three new players to be registered for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The eligible players up for selection are: Enzo Fernandez; Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Noni Madueke.

One would assume record signing Fernández (£105m) and the £88m man Mudryk would both be a guarantee for selection.

Clubs have to inform UEFA of their squad changes before 11pm on Thursday, February 2nd.

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol has his say on the selection dilemma:

“It’s three from six. You would think Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana will miss out as they’re quite young.  

“So you’re left with four big-money signings: Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudry, Joao Felix and Benoit Badiashile.

“Enzo Fernandez has got to be in the squad for £105m. Mudryk has to be in the squad for £88m. So you’re wondering, is it going to be Joao Felix or Benoit Badiashile who is going to miss out?

“Joao Felix is a brilliant player on loan, how would he react to being left out? Then there’s Benoit Badiashile, who has had a good impact so far as a centre-back. Would Chelsea want to go into the Champions League without him in their squad?”

Chelsea face Borussia Dortmund on the 15th of February with the first leg taking place at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund finished second in Group G behind Manchester City whilst Chelsea won Group E ahead of Italian champions AC Milan in second.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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