Chelsea line up vs Manchester City

Thomas Tuchel makes five changes from the side that defeated Tottenham in midweek to face Manchester City today.

Thiago Silva replaces Andreas Christensen in defence, following the Dane’s positive Covid-19 test this week.

N’Golo Kante is also handed a start, with the Frenchman coming in for Jorginho in the centre of midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic.

Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic both come into the side to offer width, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount dropping to the bench.

Hakim Ziyech is the final change from midweek, with the Moroccan adding some attacking threat in the final third with Romelu Lukaku.

It looks like the German has switched to a back five, with Thiago Silva expected to line-up alongside Toni Rudiger and Malang Sarr in the centre of defence in front of Kepa Arrizabalaga, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Alonso lining up at right and left wing-back.

Kovacic and Kante add the energy from midfield, with Pulisic and Ziyech supporting Lukaku up front.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Sarr, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Ziyech, Pulisic; Lukaku

Subs: Bettinelli, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Saul, Havertz, Werner

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodrigo, De Bruyne (c); Bernardo, Sterling, Foden; Grealish

Subs: Steffen, Dias, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Mbete, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand

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