Chelsea have just one game left this season and it’s the chance to finish Maurizio Sarri’s first year in charge with silverware.

The Blues travel to Azerbaijan capital Baku on 29 May to face London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final.

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They are already without Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger for the final showdown, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek also joined the injury list this week.

Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles in a charity friendly in the United States and is facing a spell on the sidelines.

It leaves manager Sarri with some thinking to do, as surely Loftus-Cheek would have started against Arsenal.

Jorginho looks a certain starter at the base of midfield, while N’Golo Kante could be back from his own injury problem (Daily Mail) to slot in on the right of a trio.

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But the big question is who do the Blues start as the left-sided central midfielder?

Mateo Kovacic is one option that Sarri could use, while teammate Ross Barkley is another.

So could £15million signing (BBC) Barkley be an unlikely hero in Baku?

The 25-year-old central midfielder has been fairly inconsistent at Stamford Bridge this campaign, with real flashes of brilliance often overshadowed by quiet spells.

He’s made 47 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring five goals and supplying six assists in return.

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Barkley is a box-to-box midfielder that should be contributing more going forward and looks a different player of late in an England shirt on the international stage.

His two goals in 2019 for Chelsea have both come in the Europa league, so could he be saving something special for the final.

The playmaker has the quality to cause Arsenal problems, but needs to play without fear and a strong performance could help catapult his Blues career.

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