Chelsea host Slavia Prague on Thursday night in the second leg of a Europa League quarter-final and manager Maurizio Sarri would be foolish to leave out star man Eden Hazard.

The Blues lead 1-0 on aggregate following the first leg, where defender Marcos Alonso headed in a late away goal in a game the team struggled to impress in.

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After losing to Liverpool at the weekend in the Premier League, the importance of the Europa League has now gone up a notch.

Chelsea now sit fifth in the table despite playing a game more than their main top four rivals and are going to need results to go their way to qualify for the Champions League via the league.

There is now an argument to suggest winning the Europa League is now the more realistic route of qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition next year.

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Chelsea can’t afford to make wholesale changes on Thursday night, something they have done to good effect earlier in the Europa League campaign.

Hazard has featured in just four of the 11 Europa League games the Blues have played this season, with just one of them coming from the starting XI.

The 28-year-old Belgian attacker has usually been rested, but leaving him out in a couple days time would be criminal from Sarri.

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Chelsea are in for an uncomfortable night at Stamford Bridge if they concede against a Slavia Prague team that can possess an attacking threat.

Sarri needs to prioritise this game above anything else and that means playing the best players.

Hazard, who has 19 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season, is capable of taking the tie away from Slavia Prague if he starts.

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