‘Important for Tuchel’: BBC pundit makes claim about Chelsea’s possible starting XI against Chesterfield

Mark Lawrenson suspects Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel will not take Chesterfield lightly in the FA Cup tie tomorrow evening.

Writing for the BBC, the former Liverpool defender anticipated Tuchel to field a pretty strong line-up against their National League opponents on Saturday.

Due to a club of Chelsea’s stature, pretty much any team they throw together will be of decent quality.

Especially compared to the likes of Chesterfield, whose budget is completely blown to smithereens by those who own Stamford Bridge.

Their squad is primarily prized together by players who have spent the majority of their careers in non-league, dropped down from Premier League academy’s or dabbled in the third and fourth English tiers.

Tuchel taking no chances

Meanwhile, Tuchel could leave out half of his senior side and still have a few internationals to call upon.

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An advantage that Lawrenson anticipated the Blues boss will certainly use, but not abuse.

He said: “The Spireites will take around 6,000 fans to Stamford Bridge and although I don’t think they will upset last season’s beaten finalists, there will be a great atmosphere and the pay-day they get could be a massive boost in helping them get back into the Football League, especially if they can use it to strengthen their squad this month.

“Chelsea will win this one though.

“Their manager Thomas Tuchel has one foot in the Carabao Cup final after Wednesday’s first-leg win over Spurs and although he might rest a few regulars before next week’s return, he will still pick a team that is good enough to get through this tie.

“The FA Cup was important for Tuchel when he took charge last January because it allowed him to build some momentum, and I think he will take it seriously this time too.”

Who feature for Chelsea?

Tuchel will almost certainly avoid naming his strongest XI, but this does not mean Chesterfield will face a sturdy-looking Chelsea outfit.

Household names like Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are set to play a part, alongside the experienced figure of Marcus Bettinelli in goal.

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Others currently on the fringe such as Timo Werner, Saul Niguez and Hakim Ziyech might feature, although all three did face Tottenham mid-week.

David vs Goalith

Chesterfield will reveal in the experience no matter the opponents.

It will be one of the grandest days in their modern history, with or without the desired result.

For those who get the nod from Tuchel, it is a chance to prove they are worthy regulars in the domestic and European campaigns.

Or, for some, to put themselves on the market for potential January buyers.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.