Chelsea will be hoping to make it seven wins in a row in all competitions this afternoon when they host Brentford at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Chelsea have won their previous six games in a row.
After a two-week international break, both teams will be returning to club football for the London derby.
Since then, they’ve picked up six victories – against Luton Town, Burnley, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Lille, and Middlesbrough – as Thomas Tuchel attempts to divert attention away from the turmoil that is now raging behind the scenes. Following the fines imposed on Roman Abramovich earlier this month, the club is still aggressively seeking for a new owner for the team.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has benefited from the situation on the field. As the Blues prepare to enter the final stretch of the season, Brentford, who will be keen not to slide back into relegation contention, stand in the way of the Blues maintaining their upward trajectory.
Tuchel, on the other hand, has a few injury problems and some difficult choices to make over his team ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace, with Real Madrid coming to town a few days later in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. The likes of Reece James and Andreas Christensen have both trained this week, indicating that they should be eligible for selection; yet, with such a significant match on the horizon, Tuchel may be wary of picking them. Despite his training, Callum Hudson-Odoi is not yet ready to return to the field.
To conclude, we’ll take a look at the whole squad that will be available to Tuchel for Chelsea’s match against Brentford this afternoon.
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli
Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Malang Sarr, Trevoh Chalobah, Marcos Alonso, Kenedy
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic
Forwards: Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz