Chelsea omit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Benoit Badiashile from Champions League squad as Joao Felix included | Football News

Graham Potter admits it was a “rough decision” to omit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout stages.

Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix ended up all integrated but there was no location for Aubameyang, or for Benoit Badiashile, who was not listed on Chelsea’s UEFA squad website page following signing up for in a £35m offer past thirty day period.

Having said that, when Badiashile commenced in Chelsea’s goalless attract with Fulham in the Leading League on Friday evening, Aubameyang was not incorporated in the matchday squad, fuelling suspicions of a rift with the manager which Potter rejected in his press convention.

“I will not assume it can be heading to be tough since Pierre is a experienced,” mentioned Potter when requested if he predicted any awkwardness with the striker.

“He’s carried out absolutely nothing improper at all. Pierre’s just unfortunate. He’ll be preventing for his spot for the relaxation of the year.

“It was my final decision. It was a tough choice. But occasionally you have to make these calls. It truly is almost nothing undesirable towards him.

“It is complicated, it is difficult, mainly because I am empathic so I comprehend his disappointment, but I’ve acquired a responsibility which is to have these tough conversations and articulate my conclusions as actually as I can.

“All the things is up for grabs. He’s obtained to continue to keep operating and teach like he did currently and be prepared to perform due to the fact soccer variations swiftly. That’s the character of the activity.”

Chelsea were only allowed to sign up a greatest of a few new gamers for the knockout stages of the Champions League, before getting on Borussia Dortmund in the previous 16, commencing on February 15.

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All golf equipment are constrained to a 25-person squad and Chelsea used 24 gamers in the team stage, with only a single of them – Jorginho – leaving the club in the January transfer window. Clubs had to advise UEFA of their desired squad changes by 11pm on Thursday, February 2.

The 3 new registered gamers are permitted to have performed for one more club in European competitions this time, so staying cup-tied for the knockout levels was not an selection for any of the gamers.

All of Chelsea’s January transfer window signings

Chelsea built 8 signings in January for a combined whole of £323.3m. Malo Gusto is keeping on personal loan at Lyon and Andrey Santos is waiting around for a work permit so that left Potter with the problem of choosing three gamers from Fernandez, Mudryk, Felix, Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Noni Madueke.

Aubameyang is provided in Chelsea’s 25-male Leading League squad along with their new signings as there are no restrictions on how several improvements clubs can make. The deadline was also on Thursday.

The 33-year-previous has not commenced for Chelsea since their 1- dwelling defeat to Arsenal on November 6. He has scored 3 ambitions for the club getting joined on Deadline Day past summer time in a £10m offer from Barcelona which incorporated Marcos Alonso heading the other way.

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Chelsea head coach, Graham Potter suggests he will have to have ‘difficult conversations’ with gamers he will not be in a position to contain in the Champions League squad

Chelsea’s Champions League squad:


Kepa Arrizabalaga

Marcus Bettinelli

Edouard Mendy


Thiago Silva

Trevoh Chalobah

Ben Chilwell

Reece James

Kalidou Koulibaly

Cesar Azpilicueta

Marc Cucurella

Wesley Fofana


Enzo Fernandez

N’Golo Kante

Mateo Kovacic

Christian Pulisic

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Raheem Sterling

Mason Mount

Denis Zakaria

Hakim Ziyech

Conor Gallagher

Carney Chukwuemeka

Charlie Webster*

Lewis Hall*


Joao Felix

Mykhailo Mudryk

Armando Broja*

Kai Havertz

* denotes B record participant

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