Chelsea’s game against Man Utd on Modany is a huge one for the Blues. A loss would bring further scrutiny to Maurizio Sarri’s door, whilst a win may serve to help Chelsea’s season improve.
It has, of course, been a tough few weeks for the Blues, and a win against Malmo hasn’t quite done enough to suggest that Maurizio Sarri’s men are past their blip. In order to achieve that aim, a dominant win over the Red Devils will be required.
Will that happen? Well, that remains to be seen, but it’s important than Maurizio Sarri picks a team that is capable of doing the job. Significantly, Sarri has repeatedly spoken about motivation throughout Chelsea’s recent lull, and that serves as a means of criticising his team.
It makes no sense, then, for him to revert back to his usual eleven for this game. Instead, it’s time for him to start making some big changes in big fixtures – beginning on Monday. But who should he pick?
In goal, there’s no change necessary. Kepa has had a fantastic start to life in England, and he’s been a worthy replacement for Thibaut Courtois. He’s been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players.
The defence, however, should see some changes. Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger have both been consistent this season, but the pair have been let down by those alongside them. Specifically, David Luiz was at fault for Malmo’s goal on Thursday, and so Andreas Christensen should take his place. Christensen has been fantastic whenever he’s played this season, and he deserves more minutes. Emerson Palmieri, meanwhile, surely must be ahead of Marcos Alonso at this stage, given the latter’s terrible recent form.
The midfield should largely remain the same, with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante keeping their respective places. However, maybe there’s space for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who Gianfranco Zola has now confirmed may well be available. Loftus-Cheek has looked great whenever he’s played this season, but injuries have really been a problem for him. Hopefully, though, he’ll soon be past the worst of those issues – and a starring role against Man Utd could be the making of him.
Going forward, Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain have looked good in recent weeks, and they should still play. However, Willian and Pedro have continually underperformed as of late, and it’s time for Sarri to make a change. Callum Hudson-Odoi simply has got to play against Man Utd. He’s overdue a start in a big game, and if he doesn’t begin to have more involvement, he’ll simply give up and focus on securing a summer move. He’s got to start – he deserves it.
This team, with a few changes, should help Maurizio Sarri find the motivation that he’s been looking for.