Chelsea are set for a Champions League showdown at Stamford Bridge this evening.
It all comes down to matchday 6 in Group H as three teams fight for two places in the knockout phase of world football’s most revered club competition.
The situation for the hosts is clear: win and proceed into the last-16.
A draw could be enough to see them sneak through but they would be relying on other results to go their way.
Frank Lampard has a huge dilemma on his hands ahead of the game now that Antonio Rudiger has returned to the squad after spending the vast majority of the season on the sideline through injury.
The Germany international is arguably the best and most experienced central defender at his disposal when fit, but is it too soon to restore him to the starting XI?
He may have only played 45 minutes of senior football this season but that has not prevented the supporters on Twitter from suggesting he should be on the teamsheet this evening.
Following the news that the 26-year-old is in contention to feature tonight, fans rushed to call for his inclusion.
— Emma de Smith (@emmadesmith) December 9, 2019
Rudiger to start tomorrow? hope so , get some consistency and stop conceding silly goals pic.twitter.com/PdvRdcAv9u
— nick10469 (@nick10469) December 10, 2019
Start rudiger and don’t start mount
— Charlie (@Charlie160801) December 10, 2019
And Rudiger is back…… He should start
— Pope Johnpaul (@PopeJoh08695850) December 10, 2019
But other fans were more specific in their demands to Lampard.
These members of the Blues faithful suggested that Lampard should start a partnership comprising of Rudiger and Zouma as nightmares of a Zouma-Christensen dynamic continue to linger amongst the fanbase.
One only has to watch the calamitous sequence of play that culminated with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring Everton’s second of the game to sympathise with fans who are dreading the prospect of seeing Zouma and Christensen alongside each other tonight.
Need Rüdiger next to Zouma then.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) December 9, 2019
Hope Rudiger makes it with Zouma. Cant have another disaster with AC-Zouma and end up in Europa
— Umair (@imumair10) December 9, 2019
Surely Christensen won’t start again, gotta be Zouma-Rüdiger for me
— Nischal (@NischalCFC) December 9, 2019
Hope to god they play Tomori and Rudiger in the centre tonight, dont think I can handle watching Zouma and Christiensen again, tragic.
— Josh (@TrinderTier1) December 10, 2019
It would certainly be a gamble to throw Rudiger back into the side, so it will be intriguing to see if Lampard possesses a tendency to roll the dice when the stakes are high.