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The change is likely to come in midfield, where N’Golo Kante will likely replace Jorginho, with Mateo Kovacic being his partner in the double pivot. The wing-back pairing should have a new look as well, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcos Alonso replacing Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
As for attack, Mason Mount, who has been so influential for Chelsea this season, retains his spot, but the key talking point for Tuchel leading up to the game has centred around Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea manager addressed the topic during his presser.
“Tammy has had a rough time recently but he is working hard. He started two or three times and was substituted for tactical reasons, then he got injured and lost a bit of the connection that he had so now he has to play for his place in the squad.
Fitness is always important for Christian because he has this huge physical impact in the amount of sprints and intensity that he can give to the team on the highest level.”
Thomas Tuchel has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Chelsea’s short trip to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening and N’Golo Kante could be in line for a recall to the starting XI having come off the bench in Wednesday night’s 2-0 Champions League win against Porto.
The Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is the only definite absentee having been sent off in last Saturday’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion, the team’s first reverse since Tuchel took charge in late January,
meaning a three-man defence of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Toni Rudiger are set to continue with Kurt Zouma in reserve.