The Chelsea lineup that should start against Leicester

17 May 2021 07:05

Just a few days after losing out in the FA Cup final, Chelsea have the chance to get some much-needed revenge against Leicester City in the Premier League.

For the Blues, there's a case to suggest that this is the more-important match of the two. The FA Cup would have been nice, but this one is all about a spot in the top four. It's third vs fourth, and it could be winner takes all.

Here's how Thomas Tuchel should set up for the game.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Mendy must come back into the squad | Pool/Getty Images

Edouard Mendy (GK) - Would Mendy have saved Tielemans' goal in the final? That's one for the hindsight brigade, but it's time to bring him back for this one.

Reece James (CB) - Having got the better of Jamie Vardy in the final, James showed exactly why he should keep his spot at centre-back this time around.

Thiago Silva (CB) - No Andreas Christensen means Silva will have to wait for a rest. He'll need to draw on his experience to lead by example in such a big game.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - An excellent resurgence under Tuchel means Rudiger has been looking like one of the league's best defenders. His inclusion is an easy one.

2. Midfielders

Hudson-Odoi could be useful | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RM) - Chelsea could have done with Hudson-Odoi's energy from the start against Leicester. Cesar Azpilicueta is the better defender, but his attacking input is too limited.

N'Golo Kante (CM) - Starting Kante again isn't ideal but it has to be done. He's a truly special player who will be key to any chances of success for Chelsea. He can have a rest at the weekend.

Jorginho (CM) - Jorginho wasn't good enough first time around against Leicester, but he can still switch it on when needed. Ideally, this would be Mateo Kovacic, but the Croatian is still battling back from injury.

Ben Chilwell (LM) - It's no surprise that Chelsea were better in attack when Chilwell came on against Leicester. He earned a start and must get it.

Mason Mount (AM) - Mount has been looking a bit tired recently, but he's still Chelsea's best attacking midfielder. If Chelsea are to win this, they will need Mount.

Christian Pulisic (AM) - Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner both struggled against Leicester so Pulisic deserves another shot in the starting lineup.

3. Forward

Tuchel should go with experience | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Olivier Giroud (ST) - It would be great to see Tammy Abraham, but if Tuchel isn't going to listen to his top scorer, he has to go with Giroud. The Frenchman is the most reliable finisher in the squad, and Chelsea need someone who can finish.

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Source: 90min