Five players Chelsea should fear in Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan

Russian Premier League outfit Rubin Kazan will be looking to end Chelsea's dream of winning back-to-back European competitions. So which five players will be key to any success...

Rubin Kazan have dumped Atletico Madrid and Levante out of the Europa League already and have claimed decent results against Inter Milan in the group stage. They would love to add Chelsea to their list of scalps.

While the absence of French international Yann M’Villa and striker Alexander Ryazantsev will be an issue for the side they will still fancy their chances of giving Chelsea a run for their money with these five on the pitch.

Bibras Natkho

The Israeli central midfielder is a childhood friend of former Chelsea starlet Ben Sahar; but has gone on to amount to much more than the Hertha Berlin journeyman.

He has three assists from midfield in the Europa League this season and will need close attention to prevent him running the show at Stamford Bridge and Moscow.

Christian Ansaldi

The Argentine full-back is one of the Russian Premier Leagues most potent talents and while this season has not been his best if he can get down the left-hand side in support of the attack Chelsea will soon know all too well about his excellent delivery.

Gokdeniz Karadeniz

He may be 33-years-old but this former Turkish international still harbours plenty of threat for Chelsea.

He is likely to allow attacking full-back Oleg Kuzmin to get down the flanks with excellent technical ability and that may be an issue for stand-in left back Ryan Bertrand.

Roman Eremenko

This is not the same Eremenko who once played for Kilmarnock but his little brother Roman; who is finally flourishing after struggling to shake off his wonder-kid status as a teen.

Now much of what Rubin do comes via the controlling playmaker who is also dangerous from his own boot as well as assisting others.

He will be the man to stop if Chelsea do not wish to concede.

Salomon Rondon

While Chelsea will start with Fernando Torres; who could not hit a cow’s arse with a banjo; Rubin have a potent striker in the form of Venezuelan Salomon Rondon.

He has hit five goals in 10 appearances in this seasons Europa League so while his league form may be off in Europe he has been deadly in front of goal.

How do you think Chelsea will get on?

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