Chelsea are back in European action as they head to Italy on Tuesday night for their game against AS Roma.
It’s not been the perfect start with their opponents taking a well earned point off the Blues at Stamford Bridge earlier this month in the 3-3 thriller with forward Edin Dzeko bagging a brace.
With the side from west London playing three games a week most weeks, manager Antonio Conte has to make some selection choices to keep the squad fit and decrease the chance of picking up knocks.
Here’s how Antonio Conte could lineup his Chelsea side in Rome on Tuesday night…
Thibaut Courtois has made some key saves in the European competition this season, despite conceding four goals, and is a firm starter in the Chelsea team.
Antonio Rudiger has had limited minutes this season since his arrival from Roma. The German defender has impressed at every opportunity he has been given and arguably deserves a starting place on Tuesday night.
David Luiz has been bandaged up in nearly every position on his body, but is set to continue in the centre of defence alongside Cesar Azpilicueta who put in a captains performance in their win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Antonic Conte looks set to revert back to a three man midfield and with new arrival Danny Drinkwater back from injury he could be set for a starting place. With N’Golo Kante a doubt for the game, the Englishman would slot in well next to Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Making the switch would allow Cesc Fabregas to go in his preferred position just ahead of the two holding midfielders allowing both solidity in the midfield, but creativity as well.
Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta are the best available wing-backs that Chelsea have available currently with Victor Moses still out with a hamstring injury.
The match winner on Saturday evening Eden Hazard will most likely take a different role on Tuesday night in Rome with the formation switch up to pack the midfield. He will sit behind Alvaro Morata, who despite not having scored in recent weeks, is only starting to find match sharpness.
Michy Batshuayi has scored important goals in the competition and coming off the bench in Madrid to score the winner to spoil Atleti’s party and will likely come off the bench again to feature.