Full Chelsea Champions League Squad List, As Potter Makes Fernandez,Mudryk And Felix Decisions
Chelsea have made the decision to add Mykhailo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez and Joao Felix to their Champions League squad for the knockout stages. The decision means that fellow January signings Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, David Datro Fofana and Noni Madueke have missed out.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been removed from the squad to accommodate the three new names. The choice was made extremely tough for Chelsea who already had 24 of the allotted 25-man squad filled out before making eight new signings, seven of which are available to play for the rest of the season. Jorginho moving to Arsenal meant that one more player also had to miss out in order to accomodate the three new signings.
Given the level of spending and business done it was a tough choice for Potter to make. Speaking ahead of the match against Fulham he explained the struggle that making the decision would cause, saying,
“Of course, there will be a few awkward questions and conversations, that is the reality of where we are. Only eleven can play and only a certain amount can be in squads, so there will always be players who are disappointed. It’s about being as honest, open, respectful, and transparent as you can.
“It’s important to create an environment where you respect the fact that players want to play and respect the fact players want to compete and help he team. But they have to be patient and be ready to play, perform and help us win.”
A player such as Lewis Hall, who was not included in the main squad at the start of the season, can be added to the B list. Other players can be added to the B list at any time as long as they hit the recquired criteria, which is as follows:
“A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 2001 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA – or for a total of three consecutive years with a maximum of one loan period to a club from the same association for a period not longer than one year. Players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years without interruption.”
The full Chelsea Champions League squad list: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell, Enzo Fernandez, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Mkyhailo Mudryk, Denis Zakaria, Hakim Ziyech, Carney Chukwuemeka, Joao Felix
*Charlie Webster, Lewis Hall, Armando Broja (all added from B list)