Chelsea announce their squad for the Champions League: Falcao out, Pato in
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has done his best to stamp his authority on the current squad after he took over from Jose Mourinho and it seems to have been working with the Dutchman yet to be beaten after his return to the Premier League.
However, with the Champions League Round of 16 in sight, the going gets tough for the interim manager who will have to do extremely well to keep his place after the end of the season.
Chelsea have submitted a 22 man squad for the next round of the UCL with some changes keeping in mind the January activity at Stamford Bridge.
AS Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao has not been able to replicate his form from before his move to the Premier League and has scored just the solitary goal for the Blues this season and is now tipped off for a move to China where the transfer window is open till February 26th.
Jiangsu Suning are the side most heavily linked with Falcao and the Chinese club, managed by ex-Blue Dan Petrescu, have already raided Chelsea for Ramires.
To add to it, he has picked up a number of injuries in his time in London and has now lost his chance to appear in Europe’s elite completion this season.
Falcao who is now sidelined due to a calf problem will not take part in the Champions League as Guus Hiddink has replaced the striker with new buy Alexandre Pato for the rest of the season.
Pato who came to Chelsea in search of some top flight Champions League football may have his dream fulfilled sooner than expected and will be a part of the Chelsea team to play against PSG later this month.
A number of youngsters also made the cut with the likes of Matt Mizaga, another January recruit, Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Brady Collins who though not mentioned in the strong 22-man squad, have made the B List and are eligible to play in the tournament.
Here is the squad for Chelsea as officially announced:
Asmir Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, Kurt Zouma, Baba Rahman, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Pato, John Mikel Obi, Thibaut Courtois, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Loic Remy, Diego Costa, Matt Miazga, Nemanja Matic, Willian, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Jamal Blackman, Cesar Azpilicueta
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