Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he had to be cautious with managing Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic due to their recent fitness problems.
The Blues made nine changes to their line-up against Sevilla, showcasing the quality of the squad Lampard has at his disposal considering the 4-0 win result.
Not only did they manage to rest some key players like Timo Werner and N’Golo Kante, but it also allowed Havertz and Pulisic to regain their match sharpness.
Lampard said he was pleased with the pair’s returns.
“They [Pulisic and Havertz] both looked great,” the manager told Chelsea TV after the game.
“I took them off for precaution, just to make sure.
“Kai had bad symptoms of Covid-19 so we had to make sure he’s back and fit.
“With Christian, he had been out for a fair while. He’s gaining fitness but we also had to be careful not to give him too many minutes.”
Another Chelsea player who made his return from injury was Billy Gilmour.
The 19-year-old was out for a few months after knee surgery and was involved in a couple of academy games before making making a second-half cameo against Sevilla.
“Pleased for Billy to get back on the pitch,” Lampard added.
“He’s respected a lot by his teammates in the dressing room because of how he is and how he trains.
“He’s delighted to get some minutes and hopefully will get more next week.”