The Champions League is again, although Chelsea couldn’t have drawn a harder opponent than Atlético Madrid. The La Liga leaders might very nicely signify Thomas Tuchel’s largest problem of the season, with techniques and group choice having to be inch excellent. Chelsea may definitely do with a primary quarter-final since 2014.
There weren’t any surprises within the lineup because the WAGNH neighborhood caught to the 3-4-3, with the likes of the 4-2-3-1 (12%) and 4-3-3 (9%) far behind. Simlarly, Édouard Mendy continues to not be anxious by Kepa Arrizabalaga (6%).
With Thiago Silva nonetheless out, a again three of Toni Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta ought to work fairly nicely. Kurt Zouma (46%) returns to the bench. Ben Chilwell is most well-liked to Marcos Alonso (40%) at wing-back after a poor efficiency from the latter over the weekend. On the opposite flank, it’s Reece James who has no competitors with Callum Hudson-Odoi enjoying up entrance.
The N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić pivot weren’t at their finest as Southampton held Chelsea to a draw on Saturday, however Jorginho (40%) as soon as once more misses out, with Billy Gilmour (2%) little greater than an afterthought.
Hakim Ziyech (15%) was manner off the tempo on Saturday and the neighborhood reacted accordingly by favouring Mason Mount and Hudson-Odoi forward of him. Christian Pulisic (38%) and Kai Havertz (25%) are simply getting back from damage, and so the voters noticed no must rush them again. Timo Werner leads the road forward of Tammy Abraham (14%) and Olivier Giroud (38%).
3-4-3 (73%)Mendy (93%) | Rüdiger (85%), Christensen (66%), Azpilicueta (80%) | Chilwell (57%), Kanté (74%), Kovačić (82%), James (60%) | Hudson-Odoi (63%), Werner (83%), Mount (91%)
Yes, I’m sticking with Jorginho. The group feels unbalanced with out him on the sphere, particularly since switching to Tuchel’s system. While Kanté also needs to be helpful in opposition to opposition that tries to catch you on the break, but I get the sensation that we’ll be in dire want of Jorginho right here.
I used to be just a little on the fence about who ought to begin up entrance. Giroud appears a shrewd selection in opposition to a bodily and deep-lying group like Atlético, however I perceive why the neighborhood ended up sticking with Werner even when I don’t actually see how he’ll fare any higher in opposition to that robust of a protection. I hope I’m fallacious.
I additionally saved Alonso within the facet regardless of his latest poor show as my intestine tells me he’ll flip up in opposition to Diego Simeone’s males. A bit of extra peak within the facet wouldn’t be too dangerous, both.
3-4-3Mendy | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Jorginho, Kovačić, James | Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Mount