Chelsea host Tottenham in the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel’s side look to consolidate their place inside the top four after a rough few weeks.
The Blues’ title challenge suffered a huge blow when they were edged out by runaway leaders Man City last weekend, while their disappointment was compounded by a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium against Brighton in midweek.
Tuchel conceded that his players looked ‘tired’ on the south coast, but he will be keen to restore his side’s energy levels with bragging rights at stake in a London derby.
Here’s how the German could line his side up.
- Goalkeeper & defenders
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – Has performed commendably in the absence of Edouard Mendy, who remains on international duty.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – The Denmark international should make his return from Covid-19 isolation.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Chelsea’s most important defensively-minded acquisition since N’Golo Kante arrived in 2016.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Plays this system so well, but his future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season still remains in doubt.
- Wing-backs & midfielders
Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) – The versatile Spaniard is still an excellent crosser of the ball.
Jorginho (CM) – The Italian’s ability to put his foot on the ball and control proceedings will be vital this weekend.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – The first name on the teamsheet, especially in a game of this magnitude.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – Struggled against Raheem Sterling at the Etihad, but he is beginning to improve as an attacking threat.
Mason Mount (RW) – His spatial awareness and clever movement should make him such a threat in this fixture.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – Publicly singled out by Tuchel after the defeat to Man City last weekend. Has a point to prove.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (LW) – Direct and capable of changing a game in an instant when he’s feeling confident