Sunday 22 April 2018

Is this how Chelsea will line up in the Premier League this season?

Chelsea may have won the Premier League last year, but manager Jose Mourinho is still looking to add to his squad of superstars. Arda Turin's agent has said the player will decide where to move to within the next for days. Chelsea are insterested, as are Manchester United. Is this how we might see the Blues line up for their first game of the new season?

Thibaut Courtois

The goalkeeper is nailed on to be Chelsea's No1, having seen off the threat of Petr Cech. Asmir Begovic is likely to arrive, but will be his back-up.

(L-R) Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma and Chelsea's English defender John Terry celebrate after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on May 3, 2015. Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at a festive, sun-soaked Stamford Bridge today to claim their first Premier League title since 2010. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images

Branislav Ivanovic

The Serbian was superb last season and will be one of the first names on Mourinho's teamsheet next season, whether at right-back or centre-half.

Gary Cahill

Became a more reliable influence as the season wore on last year and will be a key part of Mourinho's plans.

John Terry

Enjoyed possibly his best ever season at Stamford Bridge last year: the rock on which Chelsea's success is founded.

Chelsea's John Terry (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta celebrate after winning the title

Cesar Azpilicueta

The left-back was one of the Premier League's unsung heroes last season: a consistently solid performer, who has seen off the challenge of Filipe Luis, who is likely to return to Atletico Madrid.

Nemanja Matic

The Premier League's best defensive midfielder, and indispensible to Mourinho's game plan. Hard to see him losing his place.

Cesc Fabregas

Playmaker had a quiet second half of last season but was exemplary in the first, and will be crucial again next term.

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been voted 2015 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association

Eden Hazard

Last season's Player of the Year and Chelsea's least droppable player - certainly now that he has added the sweat demanded from Mourinho to his obvious skills.

Arda Turan

The Atletico Madrid winger has reportedly been offered to Chelsea, and could be an obvious fit given the struggles of Juan Cuadrado to settle in at Stamford Bridge.

Radamel Falcao

The Colombian will complete his season-long loan move to Chelsea imminently, and the question then becomes is he a starter or a sub? Mourinho could tweak his formation to deploy him with Diego Costa.

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Chelsea's Diego Costa

Diego Costa

The Spain international was one of the key factors behind Chelsea's title success last season, adding a serrated edge to Mourinho's side - which had let too many teams off the hook the previous campaign.

So who misses out...?

It all leaves some big names stewing on the sidelines. Willian would be the most controversial omission, given his fine form last season, while Loic Remy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Obi Mikel should also get used to life on the bench (again).

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