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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Chelsea Players Pulisic and James in, no Mount or Hudson-Odoi - Chelsea's best line-up under Frank Lampard

The Blues are looking to get their Premier League form back on track following defeats against Manchester City, West Ham and Everton since the November international break

Chelsea will be playing Champions League football in the new year after sealing their last-16 place with a 2-1 victory over Lille at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
However, the Blues are going through a bad patch of form in the Premier League with three defeats in their last four outings which has given the sides hunting them down for a top four spot some hope.
The festive period brings a lot of games for the Blues, with Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Arsenal all coming up before the year is up.

Having struggled with injuries over the course of the campaign, Frank Lampard has got back some of his key men for the busy and very crucial part of the 2019/20 season.
But what is the best team for the Blues? have their say on it below, and you can pick your side as well.


It's a pretty comfortable decision right now with Kepa Arrizabalaga the number one goalkeeper at the club.
It hasn't been an easy ride for the Spaniard, with his performances being a little mixed, especially at Everton where his poor pass led to the third goal.
Kepa's shotstopping has been pretty good over the course of the campaign, however there have been some issues that have arisen this season.
But with only Willy Caballero and Jamie Cumming as competition, Kepa's place is pretty secure.
Starting keeper: Kepa


The Blues have been boosted by the return of Antonio Rudiger, and while he wasn't tested massively against Lille he looked very comfortable at the back.
Chelsea and Lampard will be hoping that he is now over his injury issues and can become a regular starter once again in the heart of the defence.
The question will be who partners him. Kurt Zouma has been a regular under Lampard this season, but Fikayo Tomori has also been impressive.
Tomori deserves the opportunity to get more game time and next to Rudiger could have a great partnership for the future.
One of the big questions for Lampard is in the full-back positions.
Reece James has looked at home at this level and gives an extra attacking threat, while Cesar Azpilicueta remains a key part of the team and important player for Lampard.
That could see Emerson left on the sidelines, while Marcos Alonso is not in favour at all right now.
Starting defence: James, Rudiger, Tomori, Azpilicueta.


On current form, N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic are guaranteed starters, which both players excelling in their roles.
Both have played as either two in midfield or with a three, and it is the latter that is getting the best out of the Blues right now.
That means Jorginho has to start in the middle of the park, allowing Kante and Kovacic to get forward more and add creativity.
Ross Barkley is lagging behind when it comes to playing time, while Mason Mount has dropped a bit in form and so doesn't get into the best starting XI right now.
Obviously, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still some way away from being back fit and so won't be part of the squad just yet.
Starting midfield: Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic.


We all know that Tammy Abraham is the starting striker, which is rightly so as the England international is in hot form.
The question is who will be around him. Willian is trusted by Lampard and he is playing well on the right, adding some defensive stability as well.
On the other side, Christian Pulisic is really looking bright as well and rightly keeping Callum Hudson-Odoi out of the team for now.
Pedro, unfortunately, isn't anywhere near the starting team right now.
Starting forwards: Willian, Abraham, Pulisic.

Chelsea's best XI (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Tomori, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic.

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