20-year-old handed first start and three new signings on show: Chelsea predicted XI vs Spurs
Chelsea are two days away from what could already be one of their biggest games of the season.
Tottenham come to Stamford Bridge with a confidence they will likely never have had this weekend, with them currently top of the league and impressing under Antonio Conte.
While Chelsea’s home ground has not been their favourite place to come over the last 30 years, they will recognise the message they can send to the rest of the league if they get the better of the Blues.
Thomas Tuchel oversaw a cagey yet important season-opening victory over Everton, but will now be looking for his players to step up and kickstart their campaign.
With that being said, here’s who The Chelsea Chronicle believe will be in the Blues’ starting XI.
GK and Defence
As expected, Edouard Mendy will start between the sticks, with him showing glimpses of just how good he’s become at Goodison Park last week.
It will be five at the back again for Chelsea, and Reece James will be looking to potentially test Ivan Perisic down the right if he is entrusted with his first league start.
With no news seeing Wesley Fofana any closer to joining the club, captain Cesar Azpilicueta will continue on the right of a back three.
Thiago Silva, who was given man of the match for his effortlessly good season opener, will start again in the centre of defence.
After another impressive display at the back, Kalidou Koulibaly will start and be preparing for his first big test since joining the club.
With Tuchel claiming Ben Chilwell was not at 100% for the Everton game, Marc Cucurella will be handed his first start for the club after more than a week training with the squad.
N’golo Kante’s ball-winning skills will be crucial in the midfield battle this weekend, so he is the first midfielder on the teamsheet.
While the other role is extremely difficult to call, Mateo Kovacic will get the nod after being rested completely against Everton. The combination of these two worked better against big sides last season than any other, so will be trusted again this weekend.
Despite a quiet season opener, Mason Mount will continue to operate in the free space in attack, causing issues to the entire Spurs back line.
Raheem Sterling is a shoe-in for the frontline too, following showing in bursts the directness Chelsea fans have been hoping for.
After a poor performance last week, Armando Broja will be given the nod to cause problems up top, with his experience as a natural striker key for the Blues in attack.