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Chelsea will play Aston Villa for the second time in
a matter of weeks in the EFL Cup third round.
Manager Thomas Tuchel reiterated in his pre-
match press conference that the team is taking the
competition seriously; the Blues are in it to win it.
He also promised minutes on the pitch for some
of the players who have struggled for game time.
Could this mean a start for Ruben Loftus-Cheek? A
return to the XI for Ben Chilwell? A significantly
altered attack?
We speculate what Chelsea’s starting XI versus
Aston Villa could look like:
Kepa Arrizabalaga (No. 1) Goalkeeper, Spain
An injury to Chelsea’s No. 1, Edouard Mendy, is
cause for some early concern for Tuchel. The
Senegal international is in a race against time to
be fit for Manchester City this weekend, which, in
turn, could impact Tuchel’s choice for the Carabao
Cup tie. Does he start Kepa Arrizabalaga against
Villa and hope for Mendy to be fit for the weekend
or does he go further down the pecking order and
pick Marcus Bettinelli? This would prevent the risk
of Arrizabalaga also being unavailable for the
Manchester City game, either due to any
injury. Ideally, the Spaniard should be between the
sticks for the cup tie midweek.

Trevoh Chalobah (No. 14) Right centerback,
Trevoh Chalobah’s rapid ascent from the loan army
to the Chelsea first team was the story of
preseason. The youngster impressed Tuchel in
friendlies, earned his first competitive start in the
UEFA Super Cup, made his Premier League debut
and scored a wonderful goal all within the space
of a few weeks. Chalobah has started thrice for the
Blues so far this season and hardly put a foot
wrong. Expect him to be handed his fourth start
under the German manager as he looks to continue
his fine run of form in the early season.
Andreas Christensen (No. 4) Centerback,
Tuchel has rotated between Andreas Christensen
and Thiago Silva in the center of defense so far
while managing the latter’s minutes carefully. Silva,
who soon turns 37, played the entire 90 minutes
on the weekend against Tottenham, and it is
reasonable to expect him to miss out against Villa
completely. Christensen played the full match too,
but was absent from the team a week earlier when
the Blues played Villa in the league.
Antonio Rudiger (No. 2) Left centerback,
Left centerback is the only position out of the XI
where Chelsea is without an able replacement. On
paper, Malang Sarr could provide an alternative
for Rudiger when he is fatigued or injured, but the
Frenchman is yet to play a competitive game for
the club. Sarr might yet see minutes against Villa,
but one would expect Tuchel to play Rudiger from
the start, given that the German is taking the
competition seriously.

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