Why Cesar Azpilicueta is missing for Chelsea vs Southampton
An explanation for Cesar Azpilicueta missing out for Chelsea vs Southampton has been provided.
Chelsea are set to face off with the Saints at St Mary’s at 3 pm UK time.
Ahead of the tie, Chelsea released their starting line-up an hour before kick-off:
Here’s your Chelsea team news today. 🤝 #SouChe pic.twitter.com/fzFcNg4UTA
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 9, 2022
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There were a couple of notable absentees in the squad and starting eleven, namely Cesar Azpilicueta.
An explanation for the Spaniard’s absence has since been provided, though, with it confirmed Azpilicueta is out due to Covid-19:
Cesar Azpilicueta misses out after testing positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/6HZvjXv2pQ#CFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 9, 2022
Southampton vs Chelsea
Whilst Chelsea do not have much left to play for in the Premier League this season, they need to ensure that they do not drop out of the top-four right at the end of the campaign.
The west Londoners are currently 3rd in the English top-flight, but only five points clear of both Tottenham and Arsenal.
As a result, should Chelsea take their foot off the gas domestically, it would not be too surprising to see both north London outfits catch the Blues in the coming weeks.
As for Southampton, they are languishing in midtable with little left to play for this term.