Chelsea have added three young players to their squad for the Champions League group stage.
Chelsea originally published a 25-man squad for the Champions League on the club’s official website. The list consists of 21 List A players and four on List B.
UEFA allows teams to update their List B players up to midnight before every Champions League match. However to qualify for the list, players must be under 21 and have trained at the club for at least two years.
Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are the four List B players in the initial squad but, according to UEFA’s official website, there are three new additions.
They are Karlo Ziger (goalkeeper), Ian Maatsen (defender), and Henry Lawrence (midfielder).
The development squad players aren’t exactly new to the senior team environment since they have also trained with the first-team squad in recent months.
Maatsen, in particular, has already made his Chelsea first-team debut in last year’s League Cup win over Grimsby Town.
The trio’s chances of a Champions League debut are arguably slim, however.
Ziger would likely be fourth-choice goalkeeper behind Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero.
Competition for the left-back spot is no less fierce for Maatsen, with Lampard having three senior options in Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.
As a midfielder, Lawrence will be behind N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and even Mason Mount, although unlike Ziger and Maatsen he will be competing for more than one spot.