The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for their side to beat Liverpool later today. For the Blues, it’s undoubtedly the biggest game of the season, given that it could open the door for a top-four finish if results go their way for the rest of the season.
Chelsea need to get maximum points from the game in order to have any chance of finishing in the top four this season, and so the pressure will be on Antonio Conte to get every single decision right.
His first decision will come in the form of his team selection, and whilst he’ll have a few choices to make, the biggest one will undoubtedly come in the midfield.
Liverpool are known to bulk out the midfield with incredible quality, and so Chelsea can’t afford to just utilise two central midfielders. Instead, they’ll need to match Liverpool man-for-man, and in doing so, Antonio Conte simply must start Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Bakayoko isn’t too popular amongst Chelsea fans, given his poor first season in England, and so selecting him for a game of this magnitude will be controversial. Nonetheless, Conte must do it.
After all, the Frenchman proved what he can do in a big game against Tottenham earlier in the season. Indeed, his first start for the Blues is still his best – with Bakayoko coming in to make his full debut in a storming performance against the Lilywhites. He will no doubt recognise the magnitude of this game, and so a repeat performance can’t be ruled out.
Furthermore, whilst Bakayoko hasn’t been great, we all know what he’s capable of. Nobody in the Blues’ squad can run, tackle and drive forward quite like him – and all of those traits will be crucial as Chelsea look to dominate the midfield.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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