How Chelsea could line up against Manchester City
Chelsea are expected to have Edouard Mendy available for Saturday afternoon’s key Premier League clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Mendy has missed his side’s last two matches with a knock that he sustained in training, but the goalkeeper is believed to be winning his battle to start against the reigning English champions.
Christian Pulisic remains a doubt due to an ankle problem, but Chelsea are otherwise in excellent shape, meaning that head coach Thomas Tuchel has a number of decisions to make.
There have been calls for Timo Werner to start in the final third, but it seems likely that Kai Havertz and Mason Mount will again operate in support of Romelu Lukaku.
The back three should be unchanged from the win over Tottenham Hotspur in the league last weekend, while Marcos Alonso is firmly first choice as the left-sided wing-back over Ben Chilwell.
Arguably Tuchel’s biggest decision comes in the middle of the park, as he chooses whether N’Golo Kante or Mateo Kovacic start alongside Jorginho.
Kovacic has been in excellent form this term, but Kante is fit after a period on the sidelines, and having played 45 minutes against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, the France international could now be in line for a start against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Christensen, T Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz