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How Chelsea could line up in the Champions League tonight.

Chelsea Football Club will begin their UEFA Champions League defense with a game against Russian giants Zenit St.Petersburg.

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Though they boast a talent-packed squad with plenty of covers, Thomas Tuchel's men could again be without a key presence in midfield, while they will also miss a major attacking option at Stamford Bridge.

N’Golo Kante, who is yet to recover fully from the injury he picked up against Liverpool, is ruled out for tonight's game. Also, winger Christian Pulisic has been ruled out after returning with an injury from international duty. However, some other squad players like Malang Sarr, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Ross Barkley have been named to the Champions League squad.

Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to start the new season on a positive note. As such, he's expected to name a very formidable starting XI.

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In this article, we'll be looking at how the German tactician could set up his side for tonight's game. Check it out below:

Formation

Tuchel is expected to continue with his 'preferred' 3-4-3 formation.

Attack

After banging two goals during the weekend, Romelu Lukaku is expected to keep his place in the center-forward position tonight.

Kai Havertz and Mason Mount could help create chances for him from the wings.

Midfield

Mateo Kovacic is expected to occupy Ngolo Kante's place in midfield alongside Jorginho while Marcos Alonso, who has been on an impressive form, plays as a left-wing-back.

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Reece James is also expected to return to the starting XI in the right-wing-back position.

Defense

The trio of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to hold the various positions in the defense.

Mendy is also expected to keep his place in the goal, ahead of Kepa Arizabalaga.

Here's an illustration of the possible lineup below:

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Though Chelsea is obviously the favorite to win this game due to the fact that they're playing at home, a surprise can't be ruled out. As such, the players need to put in their best to earn maximum points.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Thomas Tuchel demanded hunger and desire from himself and the team.

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He was quoted as saying, "Nothing is quite like winning. When you take that step it changes something inside. We are hungry for more though, it’s like an addiction.”

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