My Blood Is Blue

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bert19   

Much as we will surely have to ring the changes here, we do really need to win too.  We know what nasty surprises the Last 16 draw can bring up for teams that finish second and I'd say it's pretty much certain that Juve will beat Malmo (and fairly heavily), so we'll need three points. 

More importantly though, I don't think we want to follow a hard week that ended with a loss with another defeat.  Get back on the horse as fast as possible.  

The injuries obviously play their part and it's also a good opportunity to get minutes into some legs (Someone pack hot water bottles for Pulisic).  

I'd go something like this: 

Kepa 

Azpi Christensen Sarr

Reece Mount Barkley Saul 

Pulisic Werner 

Lukaku

With the obvious aim of hooking at least a couple of them after 60-65 mins

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We need to rest those that need it, but as @bert19 says, we can't risk not getting the 3 points, so still needs to be a reasonably strong team. I would go with something like this:

Kepa

Azpi - Christensen - Sarr

James - RLC - Mount - Pulisic

Barkley - Lukaku - Werner

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chara   
On 12/5/2021 at 6:02 AM, Sciatika said:

Max temperature today is -15°C down to -22°C overnight. It may warm up a bit later this week, but we need to make sure that they have a decent warmup.

Hmm...when I put the dogs out first thing here it was -17C........dry cold mind you so a bit more bearable.....sun up and clear cloudless BLUE sky now..still cold!

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VA96   
On 05/12/2021 at 1:02 PM, Sciatika said:

Max temperature today is -15°C down to -22°C overnight. It may warm up a bit later this week, but we need to make sure that they have a decent warmup.

Hopefully this makes it a bit more bearable 

 

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chara   
1 hour ago, Sciatika said:

Did the dogs come straight back in?

Nah.....needs to get cold before they think about that!

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27 minutes ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

Havertz is available.

Chalobah, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho and Kante are out.

I think you meant Kovacic... who having trained yesterday with a smile on his face (according to TT), has now tested positive for Covid and is isolating.

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DannyLB   
30 minutes ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

Havertz is available.

Chalobah, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho and Kante are out.

Kova too. Apparently he now has Covid. 

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