‘Needs to start’, ‘What is this?’: Some Chelsea fans gutted 26-year-old player is on bench v Burnley

Chelsea have announced their starting line-up for today’s Premier League match against Burnley – and some Blues fans on Twitter are gutted to see Saul Niguez on the bench. 

Thomas Tuchel has named his final starting XI before the international break.

There is a similar look to the Chelsea backline. Blues number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is behind a back-three of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger. 

Meanwhile, a midfield pivot of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are flanked by wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

Finally, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley and Kai Havertz start in attack.

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Chelsea fans gutted for Saul

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are upset to see Saul named on the bench against Burnley.

The 26-year-old central midfielder has struggled for minutes since he joined from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan in the summer window.

He’s come to England with plenty of pedigree, however, can’t force his way into Tuchel’s plans on a regular basis.

Here are some Blues fans discussing Saul:

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Chelsea v Burnley head to head

Chelsea go into today’s match as strong favourites, especially because it’s a home fixture at Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues have dominated recent encounters against Burnley.

Chelsea have won six of the last seven encounters against opponents Burnley.

Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Burnley 2-0 back in January during the most recent game, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.