Chelsea take on Southampton this afternoon in the Premier League as they look to bounce back to winning ways following a disappointing week.
Last Saturday saw Manchester City end the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season, a Gabriel Jesus strike securing a 1-0 win, before Juventus edged Thomas Tuchel’s men by the same scoreline in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Saints also have a good record at Stamford Bridge in recent years and have not lost at the ground in the last three contests between the two teams.
To make matters worse Tuchel, Chelsea faces a raft of first-team injury problems heading into today’s clash with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Reece James remains sidelined after limping out of the defeat to City and N’Golo Kante will sit out the clash after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
Christian Pulisic also remains a longer-term absentee and is yet to return to full training. Mason Mount, however, has returned to the matchday squad.
Tuchel has brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell, Trevoh Chalobah and Timo Werner after the loss in Turin and the changes caused plenty of excitement on Twitter.
A lot of supporters had been calling for the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek particularly to be given a chance from the start. Now they have got their wish.
Here is the best of the reaction:
@CFCSheikh said: “WHAT A LINEUP. HUDSON ODOI LEFT WING AND LOFTUS CHEEK. LETS COOK.”
@Acretiondisc said: “This is what we all wanted to see. CHO and RLC together in in the starting lineup
@HarryEdwards said: “Am I dreaming? Chilwell starts and CHO is in the attack?!”