'Wow': Some Chelsea fans stunned by Tuchel's puzzling line-up decision vs Chesterfield

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has picked a relatively strong line-up to face non-league side Chesterfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Tuchel has clearly made some interesting decisions ahead of the game.

Many Chelsea fans believe German opted to stick with the 4-2-2-2, which proved successful against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

Christensen and Sarr are the only two natural defenders in the starting line-up which makes this a very attacking Chelsea side, at least on paper.

Lewis Hall, a versatile, left-footed midfielder, might play as a left-back in a back four or a left centre-back if it is a 3-4-3 formation.

Kovacic and Saul Niguez will play in a midfield two in either formation. Saul, who was named Chelsea fans’ man of the match for his strong performance against Spurs, certainly deserves to keep his spot in the team.

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Chelsea XI vs Chesterfield: Bettinelli, Hudson-Odoi, Christensen, Sarr, Hall, Ziyech, Kovacic, Saul, Pulisic, Lukaku, Werner.

Hudson-Odoi’s potentially playing as a right-back in a back four has unsurprisingly attracted quite a lot of attention.

Well, if Tuchel was going to experiment with player positions, this would be the opportunity to do so.

Cesar Azpilicueta is not even among the substitutions, so Hudson-Odoi and Xavier Simons are arguably the two best options among those who made the squad.

However, several Blues fans on social media have voiced their disagreement over the manager’s decision, while some others were simply surprised, to say the least.

Update: Hudson-Odoi played the left wing-back role in a more familiar 3-4-3 formation, with Hakim Ziyech operating on the opposite side of the pitch.

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