Four Chelsea players unavailable as Tuchel makes seven changes – Chelsea’s best XI vs Malmo

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel may well be looking to make wholesale changes against Malmo in the Champions League this evening despite Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner all being unavailable. Express Sport takes a look at how Tuchel could line up.

Goalkeeper: Mendy

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been given minutes at Chelsea this season, largely in the EFL Cup.

But Edouard Mendy is the undisputed No 1 and will be expected to keep his place between the sticks against Malmo.

While the Swedish club are yet to score in their three Champions League group games, Chelsea can ill-afford any slip-ups.

Mendy has been in tremendous form this season with six clean sheets in nine league matches.

Defence: Christensen, Sarr, Chalobah

But there could be some changes at the back for Chelsea from their 3-0 win at Newcastle last weekend.

Thiago Silva is likely to drop to the bench as he’s not been used by Tuchel in consecutive games to give the Brazilian some rest.

Antonio Rudiger may also be given time off given he only recently returned from an injury.

Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah have already proven they are capable of stepping in when needed after lining up alongside each other in the 1-0 win over Brentford.

Midfield: Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Alonso

England duo Reece James and Ben Chilwell have been in excellent form for Chelsea this season an incredible seven goals between them as full-backs.

But Tuchel will not want to take any chance on overloading their minutes and the game against Malmo may be a chance to change things up with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso stepping in.

In the centre of midfield, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante started against Newcastle, but there could also be an opportunity to rest them.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez are more than capable options to play in their place through the middle.

The absence of Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku limits how much Tuchel can rotate his forward line.

But the return to fitness of Christian Pulisic may well see him come in as part of the three-pronged attack.

The American has been struggling with an ankle injury since August, but has now returned to training.


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