Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped by Graham Potter from Chelsea’s Champions League roster to make room for newcomers
Malo Gusto was also signed by the Blues for the second half of the season, but he was later loaned back to Lyon in accordance with Champions League regulations, which dictate that only three new players may be added midway through the campaign.
As a result, Noni Madueke, Andrey Santos, Datro Fofana, and Benoit Badiashile are the unfortunate quartet who were always certain to lose out. Aubameyang’s name is no longer on Chelsea’s official Champions League squad list; the Blues had room for two new faces but needed to free up another position if they were to add all three.
Despite being the only pure central striker for the Blues, Aubameyang has severely fallen down the pecking order under Potter and has played 17 times for Chelsea this season. The international player from Gabon has not started any of Chelsea’s last six games and, despite going on against Manchester City early in the game, was ultimately removed later in the contest.
Instead, Felix can anticipate playing in a central position given Chelsea’s lack of options in the position, although Kai Havertz has been Potter’s preferred striker.
On February 15, Chelsea will restart its Champions League campaign when it travels to Germany to play Borussia Dortmund in the opening leg of their last-16 matchup. For the second game on March 7, Dortmund is scheduled to visit Stamford Bridge.
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