Chelsea have omitted Radamel Falcao from their Champions League squad for the knockout stages to accommodate January signing Alexandre Pato. The Colombian striker has been struggling for form and fitness this season and was close to leaving the club during the recently concluded winter transfer window.
The former Manchester United loanee has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and has managed just one goal thus far this campaign. This has prompted the Blues to replace him with Pato, who signed from Brazilian club Corinthians on a six-month loan deal. Matt Miazga, who joined the Stamford Bridge outfit from Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit New York Red Bulls, is also part of the squad that will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the Elite European Cup competition.
Falcao, who has started just one league game thus far this campaign, while making further appearances on the bench, is unlikely to make an impact for the Blues this season. He is currently behind Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Pato in the pecking order, but is currently sidelined by injury, and has been since the start of November 2015.
The 29-year-old forward, according to the London Evening Standard, was set to leave the west London club but failed with a deadline day move to former club Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window. The report claims that the striker could yet leave, with clubs in China interested in signing him as their transfer window is open until 26 February.
Chelsea Champions League Squad (A List): Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Oscar, Hazard, Pato, Mikel Obi, Courtois, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Costa, Miazga, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Blackman, Azpilicueta.
Chelsea Champions League Squad (B List): Ola Aina, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bradley Collins