What will be Chelsea's starting XI for the new season?
Published 16/07/2014 | 14:38
Jose Mourinho has wasted little time in adding to his squad for the new season and here is how Chelsea might line up on August 18 when they face Burnley at Turf Moor.
Mourinho has an enviable problem over who to place in goals with the return of Thibaut Courtois from Atletico Madrid. Petr Cech has been one of the most astute signings the club has ever made, but the La Liga winner may be the future at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry and Gary Cahill are unlikely to be dislodged as the first-choice centre half pairing, with Branislav Ivanovic a more than capable deputy. He is likely to still claim a starting spot in a full-back position such is his value to the team.
With Filipe Luis now onboard, Ivanovic could well secure the other full-back berth with Cesar Azplicueta the unlucky fall guy.
A area that provides no shortage of options even after the departure of Frank Lampard. After his £27m move from Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas can expect to start in an advanced role in the middle of the pitch, with Nemanja Matic expected to continue his assured role sitting in front of the back four.
Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian are the three most likely to be part of a flexible five-man midfield, though Ramires, Mohamed Salah and Jon Obi Mikel will be staking their claims in pre-season.
Goal scoring forwards have become a rare breed in recent years and Chelsea fans will be hoping that £32m signing Diego Costa, another arrival from Atletico, will be the answer to their prayers.
Demba Ba is reportedly on his way out of Stamford Bridge, while Fernando Torres looks no closer to rediscovering his form ina Liverpool jersey.
Another signing could well be on the way before the season starts.