The Champions League is back, although Chelsea could not attract a tougher opponent than Atletico Madrid. The leaders of La Liga are perhaps the biggest challenge of Thomas Tuchel this season, and the tactics and selection of the team must be perfect inches. Chelsea can certainly handle the first quarterfinal since 2014.
There were no surprises in the lineup, as the WAGNH community remained at 3-4-3, with the 4-2-3-1 (12%) and 4-3-3 (9%) people far behind. In a similar sense, Edouard Mendy remains unconcerned by Kepa Arizabalaga (6%).
With Thiago Silva still out, the three behind Tony Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Aspilicueta should work pretty well. Kurt Zuma (46%) is back on the bench. Ben Chillwell is preferred to Marcos Alonso (40%) as a defender after a poor performance by the latter over the weekend. On the other side is Reese James, who has no competition with Callum Hudson-Odoy, who plays in front.
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Hakim Ziyech (15%) was far from the pace on Saturday and the community reacted accordingly, favoring Mason Mount and Hudson-Odoy in front of him. Christian Pulisic (38%) and Kai Haverz (25%) are returning from injury, so voters saw no need to rush them back. Timo Werner leads Tami Abraham (14%) and Olivier Giroud (38%).
Mandy (93%) Rüdiger (85%), Christensen (66%), Azpilicueta (80%) Chilwell (57%), Kanté (74%), Kovačić (82%), James (60%) | Hudson-Odoy (63%), Werner (83%), Mountain (91%)
MY FAVORITE CHOICE
Yes, I hold on to Georgino. The team feels unbalanced without him on the field, especially after the transition to the Tuhel system. While Kanté should also be useful against the opposition, which is trying to catch you on holiday, I still have the feeling that we will be in dire need of Jorginho here.
I was a little on the fence about who should start in front. Giroud seems like a clever choice against a physically and deep-seated team like Atletico, but I understand why the community ultimately sticks to Werner, even if I really don’t see how it will do better against this strong defense. I hope I’m wrong.
I also kept Alonso aside, despite his recent poor display, as my gut told me he would appear against Diego Simeone’s men. A little more height on the side would not be bad either.
Mehndi | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Georgino, Kovacic, James Hudson-Odoy, Giroud, mountain