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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri's Best Available Blues Lineup

Chelsea travel to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev at the Kiev Olympic Stadium on Thursday night with a comfortable 3-0 aggregate lead after the first leg of the fixture. 


The Blues will go into the match with a lot of confidence, but will need to stay focused to ensure that they move on to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Winning the competition might be Chelsea's best opportunity to qualify for next season's Champions League after falling into sixth place in the Premier League in recent weeks.


Here's how the Blues could line up to face Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.

3. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Willy Caballero (GK) - The Argentine goalkeeper has not received many opportunities under Sarri this season, but expect him to start against Kiev. Caballero played with intensity when he got the nod ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga following the Spaniards dust-up with the manager, and will come into this match with the same mindset. 


Marcos Alonso (LB) - Alonso started the season strong under Sarri, but quickly dropped out of form. Despite the fact he has recently been on the bench, with the manager preferring Emerson on the left side, he will have the opportunity to impress with his side having a sizable lead in the tie.


David Luiz (CB) - The Brazilian centre-back will probably be captaining the side in the absence of typical skipper Cesar Azpilicueta. Luiz will look to build out of the back and play his trademark diagonal balls to Willian and Hudson-Odoi down the flanks. 


Andreas Christensen (CB) - Christensen has started every match for the Blues in the Europa League this season. The Danish defender has been solid at the back in the competition with the club only allowing four goals in nine matches thus far. 


Davide Zappacosta (RB) - Zappacosta has been receiving most of his minutes this season in the Europa League and has been able to get up and down the flank to create chances. Despite only 18 total Premier League minutes, Zappacosta has been effective when on the pitch and he will be keen on adding to his two assists this campaign. 

2. Midfielders

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (RCM) - After just recently returning from a back injury, the English 22-year-old will be excited to be back on the pitch in Kiev. Loftus-Cheek has been productive for the Blues this season and will like his chances of bagging himself a goal against a Kiev side that can't keep up with his technical ability in the middle of the park. 


Mateo Kovacic (CM) - Kovacic will be inserted into Jorginho's normal spot at the bottom of the midfield triangle. The Croatian midfielder will be tasked with controlling the flow of the game and spraying positive passes around the pitch to open up space for quick exchanges. 


Ross Barkley (LCM) - Barkley scored in both legs of the round of 32 match up with Malmo in February. With a lot of room in the midfield, he will be looking to shoot from anywhere and everywhere to add to his tally of three goals in the competition this season.

1. Forwards

Willian (LW) - The Brazilian winger has been in incredible form in the Europa League this season. With three goals and six assists, Willian has been Chelsea's most dangerous player in this tournament and will be looking for space down the flank to continue his dominance. 


Olivier Giroud (ST) - Giroud currently sits tied for second place in this season's competition with six goals to his name. He will look to connect with his wingers and finish every chance he gets to take the lead in the Golden Boot race. 


Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) - Fans have been begging the manager to give Hudson-Odoi more chances and he has stepped up. After scoring in the first leg of the fixture, the 18-year-old could get the start and have the chance to impress the manager even greater for the rest of the season.