Maurizio Sarri hopes to avoid a Europa League hangover in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton.
Chelsea dropped points for the first time this season after their opening Europa League win at PAOK in Greece, drawing 0-0 at West Ham.
Sarri made eight changes for Thursday’s 1-0 win over Hungarian champions Vidi in the second Europa League game and is optimistic there will be no ill-effects at Saints.
The 59-year-old Italian head coach said: “This match we have changed eight players. In Greece I think only five. I hope we can do better this time.”
Alvaro Morata’s goal proved the difference against Vidi.
It was just the striker’s second goal of the season, after he spurned a host of chances earlier in the game.
Sarri is credited with bringing the fun back to Chelsea, but Morata was tearful after finding the net.
Asked if the striker should have more fun, Sarri said: “They have to enjoy, but I want to enjoy myself first of all. Usually I have more fun when I win. I don’t know why.”
Eden Hazard is expected to start, with Sarri likely to revert to his first-choice line-up as he seeks to maintain Chelsea’s unbeaten start.
Defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are set to return as the Blues chase a sixth win from eight games.
Olivier Giroud is likely to replace Morata and Jorginho is anticipated to come in for Cesc Fabregas, with N’Golo Kante also likely to be back in the starting XI.
Willian or Pedro will likely be in competition for one place alongside Giroud and Hazard.
Mateo Kovacic played the full 90 minutes against Vidi, so could drop to the substitutes’ bench, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek options in midfield.
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has revealed Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne could make a shock return from injury at Liverpool.
De Bruyne, 27, has been sidelined since for almost two months with a knee problem. But he trained with the champions on Friday and could feature in the matchday squad for Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash.
Watch Guardiola’s response to a question about his celebrated playmaker’s availability: