4-2-3-1: How Chelsea’s stunning new team could look with Sterling, Raphinha and ‘generational’ centre back signed

Chelsea’s transfer business finally seems to be coming to fruition, with the Blues already preparing for an opening day Premier League clash with Everton.

The club will need to perform better at Goodison Park than last season, with the relegation-threatened Toffees pulling a big win out the bag towards the end of the season.

However, developments mean the Blues are likely to take on their former manager Frank Lampard in a far better state, as they look to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City.

With the transfer picture now becoming clearer, here’s how Thomas Tuchel line-up may look on opening day, with a brand new system and three new signings involved.

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GK and Defence

With all the commotion about new signings, the ‘keeper position is one which is likely not to be touched.

Edouard Mendy enjoyed another stellar season last year, and will look to continue his development starting the season’s curtain raiser.

With the new signings, Tuchel will make the change to the back four he experimented with a number of times last season, so the highly-impressive Reece James will start at right-back.

Thiago Silva will begin what could be his last season with the club as the captain on the day, with his experience crucial to a new system.

The first new signing will be seen next to him, with Matthijs de Ligt partnering the Brazilian for his competitive debut for the club. The Dutchman has been described as ‘generational’ and impressed at the age of just 22.

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Ben Chilwell will make a return to the starting lineup after a long-term injury, completing the back four.


A midfield two will operate in front of the back line, with N’golo Kante utilising his defensive skills to be the ball winner in midfiled.

He will be partnered by Mateo Kovacic, who will be looking to continue to build on his outstanding campaign last year.

Attacking Midfield

Last season’s player of the year Mason Mount will sit in front of the midfield two operating in the number 10 role, a position he is crying out to feature in for his country.

To the right, Raphinha, who is rumoured to be on his way to Stamford Bridge in the coming days, will look to excite fans as he makes his debut.

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On the opposite flank, Raheem Sterling will make his first start after a long-awaited transfer from Manchester City. The Englishman will be looking to continue to contribute regularly in terms of goals and assists.


With no Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz will be operating in the number nine role. With his skillset suiting a false nine position, he is likely to provide a fluid option that can swap with either winger at any time.

Predicted line-up

Mendy; James, Silva, De Ligt, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante; Raphinha, Mount, Sterling; Havertz

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.