Champions League action resumes on the 20th of October, after the International break. Chelsea will be hosting Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are in the second position in Group H after losing 1-0 to Juventus at Turin. The goal from Federico Chiesa was all Juventus needed to get all three points.
Malmo FF also lost to Zenit St Petersburg in their last match. The defeat was Malmo's second successive defeat in the Champions League. They are fourth in group H after failing to pick up any point from their two matches.
Both teams lost their last game and will be looking to avoid another defeat. Therefore in other to ensure victory for Chelsea against Malmo FF, Thomas Tuchel should start the match with these players.
It is a known fact that Thomas Tuchel builds his team around a very tight and stubborn defensive line. His focus has been on building a defence that is stubborn and tough to beat, and we saw just how well he has accomplished that target against Liverpool and recently against Brentford in their Premier League match on Saturday. So in other to avoid conceding against Malmo, Tuchel should deploy the back three of Trevor Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr. Chalobah has been consistent in the defence for Tuchels side, and with Malang Sarr's display against Brentford on Saturday, both players will give the Blues defence that needed solidity. Also, Sarr is the only left-footed defender Chelsea has at the moment so he will be better suited to cover the left side in the three-man defence.
Thiago Silva on the other hand will bring the much-needed experience and leadership the other duo needs. His presence at the back will help give both Malang Sarr and Trevor Chalobah confidence and stability.
In the two full-back positions, Ben Chilwell should be deployed on the left and Reece James on the right, since Reece James has recovered from his injury. It is a well-known fact that modern football thrives with attack-minded full-backs who push forward at every opportunity. That's why Chilwell and James who are among the best in the Premier League, in an attacking sense; should be deployed in the full-back positions.
In the match against Brentford, Tuchel opted for a three-man midfield of N'golo Kante, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Mateo Kovacic. This enabled Chelsea to dominate the midfield, and stamp their authority, especially in the first half. So the three at the midfield should be replicated against Malmo with Jorgingho replacing Mateo Kovacic who needs some rest.
Upfront, Romelu Lukaku should be paired with Timo Werner. As the German's pace is always a threat to an opponents defence
And of course, Edward Mendy will man the post. The Senegalese who won the man of the match award against Brentford have been in excellent form, his heroics helped Chelsea defeat a spirited Brentford team.
If Thomas Tuchel should start the match with these players, I believe Chelsea will not concede any goal and will emerge victoriously. My opinion though, what do you think?
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