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Rudiger out – Chelsea’s strongest possible 4-3-3 XI vs Tottenham

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Chelsea face a make or break clash with rivals Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening. Both sides met 2 weeks ago at the Wembley Stadium in which Tottenham triumphed by a lone goal thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty.

Chelsea would be looking to display an improved performance which would see the club make the first Cup Final of Maurizio Sarri’s reign.  Sarri is not known to tinker a lot with his teams and we preview the potential lineup for Chelsea.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to man the sticks ahead of backup stopper Willy Caballero. The club’s record signing has been a regular in most of the lineups used by Chelsea this season.

In the defence, Cesar Azpilicueta would be expected to start in the right-back position and Marcos Alonso in the left back position despite his recent struggles. The centre back positions is where a bit of tinkering could be done with Andreas Christensen coming in to replace Antonio Rudiger. David Luiz keeps his place as he possesses the passing range to unlock the Spurs defence from the back.

The midfield would see the regular pairing of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante alongside one of either Mateo Kovacic or Ross Barkley. Barkley has the edge due to the scoring threat he poses when he makes runs into the opponent’s box.

The attack should be the same as new signing Gonzalo Higuain was not registered in time for him to feature in the game. Eden Hazard would be expected to lead the line in a false nine position alongside Willian and Pedro on the wings.

Olivier Giroud and youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi are most certainly likely to feature at some point from the bench against Tottenham.

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