Chelsea is now getting ready for its London derby against West Ham this coming weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, in a crucial Premier League match, the Blues take on rival West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Both clubs have had slow starts to the new season.
Following the 2-1 loss to Southampton in the middle of the week, Chelsea supporters will undoubtedly anticipate a response on the field.
Thomas Tuchel, the manager of the Blues, is familiar with his team now that the summer transfer window has closed.
It has been announced that Reece James is well enough to play against the Hammers after recovering from his sickness.
N’Golo Kante, who is injured, and the late-acquisitions Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria are the only players not present against West Ham, according to Tuchel.
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According to The Chelsea Chronicle, Tuchel will make three adjustments to his starting lineup against West Ham from the group that lost to Southampton:
GK and Defence
We anticipate Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to preserve his starting spot between the posts despite a few weak individual performances.
In defence, Tuchel can switch to a back three with the wingbacks positioned higher on the field.
Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly, two seasoned defenders, both re-start. Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, though, is removed from the lineup to make room for Wesley Fofana, a summer acquisition who makes his Blues debut.
The 21-year-old centre defender Fofana, who is at least available to play for Chelsea, may make his debut on the right side of the back three during a London derby.
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Although the manager has more choices in the centre of the field, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho may once again serve as the pivot in the middle of the field. For instance, Mateo Kovacic is still playing after returning from injury, while Conor Gallagher is back from suspension.
Marc Cucurella could remain in his spot on the left wing coming season, but his competition with colleague Ben Chilwell will be intense.
James may enter the lineup in favour of winger Hakim Ziyech in the second change. Of course, the anticipated change in formation means James will play right wing-back, which is his favoured position.
Raheem Sterling, who has three goals in five games while sporting the Chelsea jersey, undoubtedly resumes.
Mason Mount will, thankfully, continue to be a member of a front three, but don’t be shocked if he moves to a deeper number 10 role.
Last but not least, the starting lineup change that the supporters are clamouring for is Armando Broja to take Kai Havertz’s spot. Tuchel will definitely make that decision, according to The Chelsea Chronicle.
Given his somewhat underwhelming start to the season, £150,000/week attacker Havertz may be benched, leaving eager young striker Broja to wait for his time to make an immediate impact.
Chelsea’s expected lineup
Mendy, Silva, Fofana, Koulibaly
J. Loftus-Cheek, Cucurella, Jorginho
Broja, Sterling, Mount
In: Armando Broja, Reece James, and Wesley Fofana
OUT: Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, and Cesar Azpilicueta