Thomas Tuchel has made 10 changes to his team to face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup third round, including a debut in defence.
Our head coach had hinted he could rotate his side for tonight’s cup game and stuck to his word, with only goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga remaining in the starting XI from our 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic are both still recovering from injuries so are not involved.
N'Golo Kante captains the team from midfield, having made a big impact from the bench at Spurs, with Saul next to him, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell get the nod as wing-backs, the latter making his first start of the season.
Among the substitutes, 19-year-old defender Xavier Mbuyamba is involved for the senior team for the first time.
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has made several changes himself, with only three players - Jed Steer, Matt Cash and Axel Tuanzebe - in his line-up who also started on their Premier League visit to Stamford Bridge 11 days ago. They also have Lamare Bogarde on their bench, nephew of former Chelsea defender Winston Bogarde.
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Kante (c), Saul, Chilwell; Ziyech, Werner, Loftus-Cheek
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Mbuyamba, Thiago Silva, Barkley, Havertz, Mount, Lukaku
Aston Villa: Steer, Cash, Tuanzebe, Hause, Young (c), Sanson, Nakamba, Traore, Buendia, El Ghazi, Archer
Substitutes: Sinisalo, Konsa, Bogarde, Carney, A. Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Caleb