Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claims that if they play like they did against Real Madrid in the first half, they won’t get any points against Southampton.
It was a shockingly poor opening 45 minutes, and it’s very concerning that the Blues have conceded seven goals in their last two home games. Hopefully, a change of scenery on the south coast will help them to reset.
Edouard Mendy is likely to keep his place in goal despite his calamitous error versus Real. In the centre of defence, Trevoh Chalobah could be recalled ahead of Andreas Christensen, with Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger staying in the side.
Reece James is expected to start at right wingback but Cesar Azpilicueta’s limited impact on the left wing on Wednesday night may lead to Marcos Alonso coming back into the team.
N’Golo Kante does not look like himself at the moment, so Mateo Kovacic is the favourite to play alongside Jorginho in the middle of the park.
Christian Pulisic was very ineffective midweek so Hakim Ziyech could be selected ahead of the American. With the Moroccan preferring the right wing, Mason Mount may switch flanks, with Kai Havertz playing through the centre.
Chelsea’s Predicted XI To Play Southampton:
Mendy, James, Chalobah, Silva, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Ziyech, Havertz, Mount