Manchester, England - February 10: Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea manager, during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

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Chelsea are hoping to put their 6-0 loss to Manchester City behind him on Thursday during his visit to Malmo in the UEFA Europa League.

The Blues will face Swedes at Swedbank Stadion in the first leg of the 32nd competition, and they will look for a positive result to return to Stamford Bridge next week.

As for Malmo, their challenge will be all the more difficult to overcome as they are currently in the off-season, with the Allsvenskan 2019 campaign only scheduled to start on March 31st.

Date: Thursday, February 14

Time: 20h GMT / 15h ET

TV: BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom)

Direct: BT Sport App (United Kingdom), B / R Live (United States)

chances: Malmo (39-4), draw (17-4), Chelsea (7-19)

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Although it is unlikely that many of the players who took part in Chelsea against City are involved here, Nizaar Kinsella of Goal has suggested to Malmo to be an ideal opponent of the Blues:

the Daily mailCharlie Skillen can not wait to see Chelsea's youngsters start:

The stars of the first team of the Blues will probably be rested for the confrontation of Monday with the FA Cup Manchester UnitedCallum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be given a few well-deserved minutes in Sweden.

Both players used the Europa League to demonstrate their talents at certain times of the season, with the first scoring a goal and a pass against PAOK, while the latter scored a hat trick against BATE Borisov.

On February 24, Chelsea will face City again in the Carabao Cup final before beating Tottenham Hotspur in a key match in the Premier League three days later. Strong performances against Malmo could help them.

As the journalist Dan Levene pointed out, the Europa League also took on added significance in light of its last match:

The Blues are only one point from the top four in the Premier League, but they will face stiff competition from United and Arsenal to finish this season.

Winning the Europa League is perhaps their best chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season, which would allow them to win a major trophy.

For now, beat Malmo may not relieve the manager, Maurizio Sarri– they will have to beat United and City to do it– but failing doing it will only make it worse.