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5 Changes Thomas Tuchel could make to bounce back from Man City defeat.

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Chelsea had a difficult weekend, but they can now shift their mind to the next task.


As the second round of Champions League matches begins this week, Thomas Tuchel and his team must prepare for the arrival of Juventus to Stamford Bridge.

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Following the defeat to Manchester City, the German coach will likely revert to the more familiar 3-4-3 formation that he has used for much of his time in west London.


We'll take a look at some of the potential moves Tuchel is exploring.


Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Reece James.

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The Blues coach appears to be on the verge of having to leave James out of his Champions League squad on Wednesday night after the defender sustained an ankle injury in the first half of the Manchester City defeat.

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The fullback is set to be rested against the Serie A side after leaving the stadium with strapping around his ankle.

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Tuchel has a lot of alternatives for rotation in his defense, and he could easily modify by inserting Thiago Silva into the backline, as he did on Saturday.


If Hudson-Odoi can earn the job of attacking wingback in Tuchel's rotation, he might have a longer run in the first team, depending on the severity of James' injury.

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Chelsea will be looking to make a statement against Juventus, and Hudson-attacking Odoi's abilities may be worth a try.


Mason Mount replaces N'Golo Kante.

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Mount's presence was severely missed against the Premier League champions, and it appears that he will return to the starting lineup soon. Tuchel stated that if the game against Man City had been played on Sunday, the 22-year-old would have been in competition for a starting spot owing to his rapid recovery from injury, thus Mount appears to be in contention for a starting spot.

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Tuchel has alternated Mount and Kante's pitch time in the past two games, so although it would be nice to see both on the field on Wednesday, it's more probable that we'll only see the qualities of one.


Kai Havertz replaces Timo Werner.

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While Werner's performance at the weekend was unremarkable, his solitary showing has dampened calls for him to start alongside Romelu Lukaku, at least for the time being.

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Although Kai Havertz's arrival versus City did not turn the game on its head, his positioning helped Chelsea to make an easier transition into attack, and Werner might be a victim of Tuchel's formation changes.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Mateo Kovacic

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a player who is starting to persuade Tuchel that he is deserving of a position in Chelsea's starting XI.


The former Crystal Palace loanee has made an impression in two substitute outings, and now he only has to persuade his coach that he can play for 90 minutes.


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If Tuchel chooses to start him, Kovacic has most likely played a similar role and demonstrated the ability to break past defensive lines. He's seen a lot of action during the Blues' midfielders' absences, so he may be rotated.


Ben Chilwell comes in for Marcos Alonso.

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So far this season, Alonso has been Chelsea's surprise package, and he has shown some great form, but his performance against City demonstrated why he may not be the long-term favorite.


When Chelsea spent much of their time defending, the Spaniard was caught out too far up the pitch at times, and his offensive effect was gone.

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While Alonso does not need to be dropped right away, getting more minutes in Chilwell's legs against elite competition would not be the worst idea, even if the England international struggled a little against Aston Villa on his return.


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