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Chelsea are a wounded beast after their rather incredible hammering at the hands of Bournemouth. The 4-0 thumping greatly puts us in danger of missing out on the top four even though we started the season brightly.

Maurizio Sarri has to get the team on track with Arsenal and Manchester United being in decent form. The Blues started with Gonzalo Higuain leading the line against the Cherries, and he could make some changes in the blunt attack.

The Terriers are struggling to pick up points in a bid to avoid relegation, and we should still start as favourites for the win. Anything less than three points will heap more pressure on Sarri, and the Italian should make a few changes to the back-line.

Predicted Chelsea XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The Spaniard was beaten four times in the previous game and needs to do a bit better to keep Huddersfield from scoring.

Marcos Alonso (LB)

It was a bit of a surprise seeing Emerson play ahead of Alonso, however, the Spaniard should return as our left-back.

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen (CB)

David Luiz had a horrible outing, and we should replace the Brazilian with Christensen.

Antonio Rudiger (CB)

Rudiger should just about keep his place in the team after the walloping against Bournemouth.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

Cesar should be another player to stay in the team as most of the goals came from the left-hand side of the defence against Bournemouth.

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Ross Barkley (CM)

There could be a small change, with Mateo Kovacic being replaced with Ross Barkley.

Jorginho (CM)

The Italian isn’t having a great season after a bright start and needs to improve his game.

N’Golo Kante (CM)

Kante struggled as an attacking midfielder against Bournemouth, and it will be interesting to see if Sarri sticks with him in this position.

Eden Hazard (LW)

There is no doubt we have to start with Hazard and hopefully, he puts up a quality performance on Saturday.

Willian (RW)

Pedro should be another player facing the axe, with Willian starting ahead of the Spaniard.

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Olivier Giroud ST)

Higuain didn’t have a great Premier League debut to speak about, and Sarri could replace him with Giroud.

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European giants set to make decision on the future of Chelsea loanee at the end of the season

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AC Milan to make Fikayo Tomori decision at the end of this season

According to Football.london, AC Milan are likely to sign Fikayo Tomori on a permanent basis at the end of the season if he continues to impress. The Chelsea academy graduate went on loan to the Italian side in January and Milan have an option to sign him permanently next season.

Tomori found game time hard to come by under the latter days of Frank Lampard. With the arrival of Thiago Silva, Tomori was sidelined as Kurt Zouma was preferred ahead of the English starlet.

Antonio Rudiger in action for Chelsea against Krasnodar in the UEFA Champions League. (GETTY Images)
Antonio Rudiger is a regular for Chelsea under Tuchel (GETTY Images)

AC Milan came for his services and took him on loan till the end of this season. However, they hold a £26.6m to-buy clause which they can choose to exercise at the end of the season.

Tomori has impressed massively for the Milan giants and it looks very likely that he could make the move permanent in the summer. Milan director Paolo Maldini, who was instrumental in securing Tomori’s signature, spoke about a permanent move for him.

“Fikayo has particular characteristics, intensity, speed. In our opinion, it was a possible reinforcement for this season finale. There is an option to buy, it is very high, it will be an assessment between now and the end of the season whether to exercise it or not. It is a fairly clear situation.”

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New manager Thomas Tuchel has mostly used the likes of Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta at centre-back. It looks very likely that Tomori has no future at Chelsea. With his impressive showings for Milan, the club are also very likely to make his stay a permanent one.

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Opponent Watch: Jurgen Klopp provides injury news ahead of Liverpool vs Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp provides injury news ahead of Liverpool vs Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp provided some injury news prior to Liverpool’s midweek clash with Chelsea (h/t Mirror). The top-four hopefuls are set to take on each other on 4th March. Liverpool are coming off a win over Sheffield United while Chelsea got held to a draw by Manchester United.

The Reds’ boss is set to get a triple boost with the likes of Alisson, Fabinho and Diogo Jota returning to action. Alisson was allowed a compassionate leave from the Sheffield game due to the tragic death of his father.

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Fabinho was out with an injury while Jota was a long-term absentee since last December. Jota was supposed to return in the last game but an illness prevented him from doing so. Post the Sheffield United win, Klopp provided an update on the trio.

“Alisson and Fabinho, I am pretty sure [they can play]. With Diogo, he was with us last night in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home. So it will depend how quickly he recovers, obviously.

“He wasn’t in the squad, but he’s trained with the team before [last week] and looked really good, like I said before. I would think that Diogo is ready for Thursday, but I don’t know at the moment. Fabinho trained twice with the team and should be pretty close for the squad, I am sure. That is it pretty much.”

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 1: Diogo Jota of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool v Ajax at the Anfield on December 1, 2020 in Liverpool United Kingdom (Photo by Richard Sellers/Soccrates/Getty Images)

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While the Reds are by no means an easy side to deal with, the return of their vital players would only add to the difficulty. Chelsea are still unbeaten under Tuchel but could have their hands full against Liverpool.

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Former PL captain compares Chelsea star to Man United legend

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Roy Keane compares Mason Mount to Man United legend Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane compared Chelsea ace, Mason Mount, to Paul Scholes (via Sky Sports h/t Express).

The midfielder has continued to impress for Chelsea in recent weeks after Thomas Tuchel taking over.

One of Lampard’s most trusted charges, Mount’s position in the side became sort of uncertain when the manager was sacked and Tuchel came in. However, he has shown that he can cut it under the demanding manager also and has become one of the regulars amidst the chopping and changing of Tuchel.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Mason Mount of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on February 20, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Neil Hall – Pool/Getty Images)

Roy Keane was mighty impressed with Mount’s display over the last few games and showered him with some praises.

“We’ve been praising this lad now for the last number of years. The way he plays the game, almost like Paul Scholes, plays like a kid on the street, it all comes very easy for him. Good first touch, seems an honest kid, he has a goal in him, he has an assist.

“There’s no surprise this lad is playing, when the manager came he would have had a look at him before. You get a better look when you work with the lads closely and again, no surprise that he’s going to go for this lad in most of the big games because he can trust him. He’s a top player and seems like a very good professional and an honest kid.”

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The youngster has contributed to 10 goals in the league and has been used in a much more advanced role this season, almost in the forward line. He has become a very potent option for Tuchel this term and hopefully continues this mercurial growth.

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Former PL icon criticises at Chelsea star after drab display vs Man United

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink criticises Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the former Chelsea striker, had some harsh words for Hakim Ziyech after his display against Manchester United (via Sky Sports h/t Football.london).

Chelsea and Manchester United played out a drab draw with both sides looking unwilling to push for a win.

Chances were at a premium as both sides failed to create clear cut chances. Chelsea’s best chance came to Hakim Ziyech. Ben Chilwell’s marauding run and cut-back went straight to Ziyech in the box who unleashed a strong effort on goal.

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However, he shot it very centrally and even though De Gea was diving to the other side, he managed to get a strong right palm to it. Then Reece James shot was also blocked by Luke Shaw.

Hasselbaink criticised the Moroccan winger for fluffing that vital chance.

“Ziyech needs to score. It’s on his left foot, he sees all of the goal and he needs to score. I think Chelsea tried to win the match. They tried not to concede but they did try to win.”

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Ziyech could be ruing the miss given he has had limited game time under Thomas Tuchel. This was only his second start since the Wolves game which was Tuchel’s first match in charge. While the whole team underwhelmed against Manchester United, Ziyech hardly did much to stand out.

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