Chelsea must bounce back instantaneously against Juventus in the Champions League after the loss to Manchester City.

The Blues saw their unbeaten start to the season diminish at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as City claimed a deserved 1-0 victory.

Pep Guardiola finally got one over Thomas Tuchel at the fourth attempt, doing so in the German’s home ground.

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But Chelsea have to quickly lock away their feeling of self-pity ahead of Wednesday’s mighty collision with Juventus.

Here is how we think the Blues will line up at the Allianz Stadium in just over 48 hours’ time:


Although Juventus have made a rather inconsistent start to the campaign, they still pack plenty of quality throughout their squad.

Therefore, Tuchel cannot take his team selection lightly.

Expect as close to full strength as possible, despite many still shaking off the fatigue from the City defeat.

Edouard Mendy stays in goal, whilst Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger remain in the back three.

Thiago Silva replaced Reece James after 30 minutes on the weekend, who came off carrying an ankle injury.

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Silva will therefore likely start in place of the injured Englishman.


With James absent, Cesar Azpilicueta should move further up field to right wing-back.


Marcos Alonso keeps his place on the opposite flank.

Tuchel’s three-man midfield trial did not go according to plan against City, so anticipate the return of the double pivot.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho get the nod, meaning 27-year-old Mateo Kovacic drops to the bench.

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Another of Tuchel’s experiments – playing Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner up front together – should be thrown out of the window for this tie.

Lukaku will continue to lead the line, but his supporting cast might be a little different.

Chelsea are going to have to make a last-minute call on Mason Mount’s fitness.

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Yet, with the Juventus fixture only a few days away, the Blues would be unwise to risk Mount at this stage.

Instead, Hakim Ziyech reclaims his spot in the XI.

The £33m (Sky Sports) signing from Ajax is still trying to find his feet this term; a big European performance could be the catalyst for a revival.

Kai Havertz picks up the other attacking slot in place of fellow countryman Werner.

Chelsea Predicted XI vs Juventus: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Havertz

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