After admitting that his first Chelsea formation was chosen for the experience, manager Thomas Tuchel created some surprises with his second XI to face Burnley.
Tuchel left out youngsters like Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James for his first game, the 0-0 draw with Wolves, but he admitted it was the most “unfair” roster he never chose because he had only had one day with his new team before the game.
The boss has since had more time to work with his team, and his next training is here.
Tuchel is sticking to his three full backs, with Cesar Azpilcueta and Antonio Rudiger alongside Thiago Silva, but the eyebrows start to rise when we get to the boss’s wingers.
It’s winger Callum Hudson-Odoi who gets the nod again on the right side, with Reece James still on the bench, but on the left… it’s Marcos Alonso.
We haven’t seen Alonso since the infamous 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion in September, in which Alonso made two crucial mistakes, was stopped at half-time and clashed with Lampard for his attempt to leave the stadium.
It’s Ben Chilwell who has dominated the starting lineup ever since, but Tuchel’s arrival has given Alonso new life, and while most Chelsea fans are honest, the thought of seeing him again as a winger is enough. exciting. First Roberto Carlos.
Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic hold onto their midfield spots after helping Chelsea to a record 820 assists last time around, but Mount wins his first start under Tuchel after impressing in his appearance against Wolves.
On offense Abraham is joined by Timo Werner, and it looks like they could be an attacking partnership, with Mount behind in a 3-4-1-2.
It’s definitely an interesting lineup, and with people like James, Kai Havertz and Chilwell on the bench (and Billy Gilmour nowhere), but fans will be on board soon if Tuchel can sink the goals again.
Hakim Ziyech has also been completely excluded from the squad, but it remains to be seen if the Moroccan took a hit.
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