Despite Chelsea maintaining their 100% start to the season, they looked extremely sluggish against BATE Borisov on Thursday.
In their 1-0 win, only really Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho shone in a much-changed starting XI.
Having said that, Chelsea qualified for the next round of the Europa League and came away unscathed.
Everton are Maurizio Sarri’s next opponent, and are having an excellent season themselves.
Marco Silva’s men sit ninth in the table, and have improved steadily over the last few weeks.
So with a tough game coming up on Sunday, let’s look at some of Sarri’s selection decisions:
Morata over Giroud?
Alvaro Morata, after enduring a tough start to the season, is beginning to get hot.
The Spaniard has scored five times in his last six appearances for the Blues, including a brace last time out against Crystal Palace.
But Olivier Giroud – who has also suffered a barren spell – scored his first goal of the season against BATE.
It’ll be a tough decision for Sarri, but Morata should get the nod ahead of the Frenchman.
Kovacic and Kante to return?
Chelsea’s midfield on Thursday looked slightly dysfunctional.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley looked out of sync and could suffer as a result.
Although they were both on the bench, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic could both return to the starting XI on Sunday.
And Sarri will be hoping they’ll be able to provide an attacking thrust that was absent on Thursday.