Marcos Alonso for Callum Hudson-Odoi
The Spaniard endured a tricky afternoon against Man City with Raheem Sterling causing him problems in the opening period. And it’s for that reason Alonso should step out of the side at Brighton.
Tariq Lamptey is fit to start for the Seagulls and the jet-heeled wing-back, who was schooled in Chelsea’s academy, needs to be contained.
Shifting to the 4-2-2-2 Tuchel used against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and trusting Malang Sarr at left-back feels the smarter choice in trying to contain Lamptey. It also gives Brighton another attack to defend against.
Hudson-Odoi didn’t start against City so will be fresh and his ability to tuck in at left wing-back when the Blues do not have the ball could prove important in restricting Graham Potter’s side.
Jorginho for N’Golo Kante
Whenever there is an opportunity to rest Kante, it has to be taken, especially when Tuchel can call upon Jorginho to orchestrate in midfield.
The Italian doesn’t possess the dynamism nor the running ability of Kante but he is hugely important in building attacks and can help break through Brighton’s press.
That he didn’t feature for Chelsea against City is important too. The Blues, as Tuchel stated, are going to need fresh minds as well as fresh legs to overcome the Seagulls.
Mason Mount for Hakim Ziyech
It was a genuine surprise that Mount was left out of the starting XI against Manchester City. And Tuchel has admitted the England international was not happy to be omitted from the side.
“I felt Mason not in the 100% zone where he is like untouchable, which he normally almost is. So we took that decision and it can happen from time to time,” the Chelsea head coach said.
“He’s not happy about it, but it will not last long because everyone loves Mason – me included.”
Mount should be back in the Chelsea side against Brighton and having only featured for the final ten minutes at the Etihad, should be back to his energetic self.
And with a point to prove, he could be the difference-maker for the Blues.