Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea hope to fend off Swedish side Malmo in the second leg of the Europa League’s round of 32 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday after the Italian’s side were 2-1 victors in the first leg.

After the heartbreak of the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Monday, questions have been raised about the club’s identity as of late.

Having been called clueless by widespread media and their own supporters, the Blues will be aiming to get their fans back on their side with a further European push.

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley were enough to see the opposition off a Malmo side in the first leg a week ago, who scored an all-important consolation goal through Anders Christiansen to stay in contention themselves.

Ahead of the game, we have looked at three former Swedes to have been on the books at the Bridge.   

Magnus Hedman (Chelsea 2006-2007)

Not many Blues supporters would have heard the name Magnus Hedman, but he was actually part of the ranks 13 years ago and came with a decent pedigree.

The goalkeeper spent the beginning of his senior career at Swedish side AIK, where he played 127 times from 1990 to 1997.

A move to England was on the horizon as he joined Coventry City in 1997. He was there for five years and made over 130 appearances.

His commitment was bought into question when the Sky Blues were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.

This signalled the end of his time at Coventry as he moved to Celtic in 2002 and he played 26 times for the Scottish side. The Swede spent a season on loan at Italian side Ancona during the latter stages of his career in Scotland, prior to retiring from football altogether.

In a sensational comeback, Hedman was signed by defending Premier League champions in 2006. Despite his pedigree, he was initially signed as back up due to injuries at the time but made no official appearances for the Blues.

After one season, his career was all but over but for a single appearance for Swedish club Frej in 2013.

Hedman did play for his country over a period of ten years, many of which were in Euro 2000 and in the 2002 World Cup. Between 1994 and 2004, he made 58 appearances for Sweden.

Anjur Osmanović (Chelsea 2010-2013)

Before his Chelsea days, midfielder Anjur Osmanović plied his trade for Swedish club Lärje-Angereds. He quickly impressed and earned a move to the Blues in 2010.

After playing for the under-16s, he moved up to the under-18s where he found life more difficult.

Injuries throughout the 2011/12 season saw him off the field more than on, but still managed to score three goals.

The talented midfielder went on loan back to his former club in 2012 and was released by Chelsea at the start of 2013 after failing to make a senior appearance.

Amine Affane (Chelsea 2010-2013)

Like his compatriot Osmanović, Amine Affane spent most of his youth career at Lärje-Angereds before he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2010, after interest from some of Europe’s biggest sides.

Affane also suffered a similar fate to his teammate, as injuries ruled him out for the majority of his first year at the club but he did eventually play for the reserves.

After he made no senior appearances, his last year at Chelsea would be spent on loan at Dutch side Roda JC. The midfielder made 15 appearances and scored once before he signed a three-year contract at German club Energie Cottbus, where he spent just one full season..

The Swede then signed for Wolfsburg’s reserve team, in 2014. His time in Germany was more successful after he racked up 12 goals in 22 league games throughout the season.

His time at Wolfsburg would be short-lived, however, as he signed for Arminia Bielefeld in 2015. After eight appearances he moved back to Sweden to play for AIK in 2016, where he made 34 top-flight appearances over the course of one season.

Affane now plays for IFK Göteborg, who are currently in the Allsvenskan, the top tier of Swedish football.

By Darion Westwood