Thomas Tuchel has made five changes to the Chelsea side that booked their place in the Champions League final against Real Madrid ahead of today’s clash against final foes Manchester City.
The Blues appear to be fielding another formation that utilises three centre-backs and two wing-backs, but there’s a bit of rotation and a few position changes.
Cesar Azpilicueta seems to be moving back inside to centre-back, with Thiago Silva being rested and academy graduate Reece James taking the reins at wing-back.
The other change in defence sees Marcos Alonso replace Ben Chilwell on the left flank.
Billy Gilmour has netted himself an opportunity to shine by giving Jorginho a well-deserved break, whilst Hakim Ziyech replaces Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic offers some relief to the in-form Kai Havertz.
This could be a 3-4-3 formation from Tuchel, with Pulisic and Ziyech out wide or the three attackers could be operating more centrally, leaving James and Alonso to provide the width.
Here is how Chelsea will line up for the mammoth Premier League tie:
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Here’s how the Blues line up… pic.twitter.com/f8EkVYLR8n
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 8, 2021
Take a look at how some of the Blues faithful have reacted to Tuchel’s teamsheet:
I just knew he was going to play Gilmour and Alonso. Man wants to throw this game.
— 20.10.2020 (@JidekeneA) May 8, 2021
Tuchel definitely doesn’t want to give anything away ahead of the CL final, also assume he probably doesn’t expect to win so figures a massive rotation here is beneficial
— Havertz Hive (@HavertzHive) May 8, 2021
Hmm. This looks more like keeping players happy, than setting out to win a game. We really need to remember that top four has not been decided.
— Adam (@UnderTowSober) May 8, 2021
Throw the game on purpose so Pep overthinks the final please
— ? (@ftblShush) May 8, 2021
Hope nothing is wrong with mount,did he rest him or wat?
— Adeyemi Oluwatobiloba (@Nuhrish_jr) May 8, 2021
Pulisic masterclass incoming but I’m terrified for Alonso against Mahrez.
— . (@ForeverBlue_07) May 8, 2021
No mount in squad scary
— Abbas B (@abbasbashir1908) May 8, 2021
Chelsea’s stars are of course deserving of a rest after a wonderful victory in the Champions League, but they can’t take their foot off the gas today as the battle for fourth place is still fierce.
Tuchel and his soldiers also won’t want to come second place against Pep Guardiola’s men this evening, for fear that the same tune could ring true in the Champions League final at the end of the month.