Chelsea roster set to start against Burnley
Thomas Tuchel’s opener at the head of Chelsea offered a lot of positives, but there was a sense of déjà vu as the Blues once again struggled to break the deadlock against a strong Wolves side.
Sunday’s clash with Burnley may seem like a great chance for the German boss to clinch his first win at the head of the West London club, but Sean Dyche’s man arrives in good form after winning three out of rebound, including scoring six in their last two games. .
Let’s take a look at which Chelsea squad Tuchel is set to field for their clash with the Clarets, as they just look to record their third win in their last ten Premier League outings.
Édouard Mendy (GK) – If her number one spot at Chelsea wasn’t already cemented, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s mistake against Luton in the FA Cup has certainly secured her. This is unlikely to be the long term solution to their goalkeeper problems, but the best option at the club at the moment.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Given the nod to Reece James in Tuchel’s opener in charge, perhaps suggesting the German is keen to add more experience to the back line.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Having been frozen by former boss Frank Lampard, he appeared to return to his plans towards the end of his tenure, and Tuchel will undoubtedly recognize his quality.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Has played the full 90 minutes of 14 of Chelsea’s last 17 Premier League outings. Appears to be the club’s number one center-back and will be instrumental in the club’s season.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – With three left-backs on the books at Stamford Bridge, it has been said that one of them will definitely be leaving that window, although he’s certainly not Ben Chilwell – definitely the top pick left-back at the club.
Jorginho (CM) – With N’Golo Kante back in training, the Italian’s time in the first team could come to an end, but he will likely have one last chance to impress as Kante seeks to reclaim the game’s sharpness.
Mason Mount (CM) – It remains to be seen if his omission from Tuchel’s first starting XI was to offer him a rest or if he had just been dropped. However, after his brief midweek appearance, he’s certainly shown enough to justify being given a chance from the start.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – The Croatian’s unmistakable quality can be a huge asset for Chelsea, but his inability to present that quality consistently means he has yet to cement his place in the starting XI. A new boss represents a new start and he hopes to impress.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) – Seemed sharp against Wolves at times and Tuchel clearly saw something he loves about the previously disadvantaged youngster.
Tammy Abraham (ST) – While Olivier Giroud hasn’t really claimed to be Tuchel’s number one striker against Wolves, Tammy Abraham will likely get his chance.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – The American has had a great time under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund and is expected to become a key part of the German’s plans. If he can produce the football we know he is capable of, the Blues will be back to victory in no time.