Tuchel makes four changes as £30m star returns in formation switch: Chelsea predicted XI vs Manchester City

Chelsea is presently preparing for their Premier League match against Manchester City, which will take place tomorrow.

The Blues travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon knowing that the outcome of the weekend will determine if they have a chance to fight for the Premier League crown.

Thomas Tuchel’s team is in second place in the league table, with Man City 10 points ahead and racing away with the title. It appears to be a must-win game for anyone hoping to catch Pep Guardiola’s Man City this season.

Tuchel is expected to make four changes to the Blues lineup from the team that defeated Tottenham 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final in midweek. Most crucially, the German coach may abandon the 4-2-2-2 system in favor of his tried-and-true 3-4-3 configuration.

Chelsea return to back three

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg
(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Blues’ recent adaptability in utilizing a back four has been impressive. Trying it out against Man City, on the other hand, would be a huge gamble.

One of four changes is Thiago Silva, who made his comeback appearance off the bench against Spurs a few days ago. He’ll most likely play in the middle of the back three, with Malang Sarr dropping out.

Because Andreas Christensen is out with covid, Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger will start on either side of him, with Kepa Arrizabalaga filling in for Edouard Mendy in goal.

N’Golo Kante, might replace Jorginho in the starting lineup at the Etihad Stadium, forming a midfield pairing with Mateo Kovacic. A Kante-Kovacic axis in the park’s center will be required to defeat City.

Now that captain Cesar Azpilicueta has replaced Christensen, Callum Hudson Odoi could easily switch from right-back to right wing-back.

If the squad moves to a back three, Marcos Alonso may be recalled as the left wing-back.

Big competition in attack

The most difficult prediction is how the forward line will look.

Mason Mount, the Blues’ ever-present, will almost certainly return to the starting XI, with Romelu Lukaku, a centre-forward, who was bought for big games like the one versus City tomorrow.

The fourth and final change might see Timo Werner leave the team, with a waiting list of players to take his place.

Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are both in the running for a starting spot, but we’ve chosen Christian Pulisic, an American speedster, to round out the front three.

Predicted line-up

Kepa

Azpilicueta Silva Rudiger

Odoi Kante Kovacic Alonso

Mount Lukaku Pulisic

IN: Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi

OUT: Malang Sarr, Jorginho, Timo Werner

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