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Predicted 3-4-3 Chelsea XI Vs Tottenham Hotspur: A Major Surprise In Defence?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Chelsea had a disastrous start to their campaign in this Premier League season, as they went down by 3-2 at the hands of Burnley in their opening fixture. They also lost two of their mainstays in the squad in the form of their captain and defender Gary Cahill along with midfielder Cesc Fabregas who saw red cards during the match, which will also restrict them from making the team in their side’s next match against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spurs won their first match in the Premier League against Newcastle United with a considerable amount of ease, beating them 2-0. It was a dominant performance, to say the least, and Chelsea will have to be careful against a charged Spurs side that they will be facing in their next encounter this weekend.

Chelsea will be without the services of their talismanic midfielder Eden Hazard, who is still nursing an injury from the last season and also French enforcer Tiemoue Bakayoko who is also injured. This leaves the Italian mastermind Antonio Conte with the only option to reshape his line-up to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Defence-

Cesar Azpilicueta will be starting with Antonio Rudiger as they did in the last match in the backline consisting of three men, while the other spot might go to Andreas Christensen, who came back from a successful loan spell. David Luiz might have to feature in the midfield rather than the backline with Cesc Fabregas out and Tiemoue Bakayoko sustaining an injury.

Midfield-

The midfield will be largely same from the last match as well, with Conte not having enough options to experiment with and has to stick to a four man setup. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso are expected to start on the flanks while N’Golo Kante will once again play the role of enforcer in the midfield. As mentioned earlier, David Luiz might take up the role of a defensive midfielder in the team and start as a part of the four man midfield.

Attack-

After a dazzling display coming as a substitute in his first ever Premier League game, Spanish marksman Alvaro Morata tried his level best to bring back his team in the game with one goal and one assist, which almost confirms his place in the starting line-up for the next match. Michy Batshuayi, who started as the spearhead in the last match, is supposed be used with Morata and Willian on both sides.

Line-up-

Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Victor Moses, David Luiz, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, Willian, Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata.

 

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