The upcoming match between Chelsea and Brighton has garnered increased significance in the past year, driven by the business dealings between these two clubs.
Interestingly, the roles seem to have reversed in comparison to recent seasons. Brighton now finds itself flying high in the Premier League and actively participating in European competitions. On the other hand, Chelsea has already made an appearance in this season’s Carabao Cup, where they secured a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the second round. This upcoming fixture against Roberto De Zerbi’s squad offers Chelsea an opportunity to establish themselves after a challenging start to the season under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea will face this cup match without the presence of Malo Gusto, who is suspended following his red card against Aston Villa. Additionally, the team is dealing with injuries to eight players. Despite these setbacks, Chelsea still has the option to introduce some rotation in the lineup. Players like Marc Cucurella, Noni Madueke, Cole Palmer, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Ian Maatsen, who were on the bench during the weekend, will be eager for an opportunity.
However, Armando Broja is not yet prepared to start the game. Pochettino clarified on Tuesday that Broja will be available on the bench, emphasizing the need for him to regain full fitness before taking on a starting role.
Pochettino stated, “No, he is not ready to start. I think he is helping the team and doing well, but he needs time to regain full fitness before he can start a game. I believe he can contribute to the team for 20, 25, or 30 minutes, but starting is not an option at the moment.”