When Chelsea plays Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night, Mauricio Pochettino is anticipated to field a harsh starting lineup in the game that needs to be won.
Given the challenging start to the season, the Chelsea manager cannot experiment with his team. In order to get the club back on track following consecutive losses at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, he is likely to field a strong team.
Pochettino will be hoping an unexpected win against Roberto De Zerbi’s club will be enough to relieve the pressure valves at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea’s defeat to Aston Villa made their league start the worst it has been since 1978.
After the weekend loss, Chelsea’s manager urged his players to mature, noting that they are the Premier League’s youngest squad with an average age of 23.5.
After the game, he told the media, “We need to develop as a team, not just individually. A player like Nicolas is still learning and navigating the Premier League at such a young age. He needs more time, and we are playing a competitive game here.
There are indications that the team is performing well, with opportunity creation being high and recent additions starting to appear at ease. Even though he would be disappointed with Ollie Watkin’s goal, Robert Sanchez was magnificent, making outstanding saves from Lucas Digne and Nicola Zaniolo.
With that in mind, the following is how we anticipate them to line up for the game:
1. Ben Chillwell
The deputy captain should return for the League Cup game.
2. Armando Broja
Made a return since his injury last December. With Jackson struggling and suspended, he might be thrown in straight away.
3. Cole Palmer
Should get his first Chelsea start now given his impressive cameo against Villa.
4. Enzo Fernandez
Needs a big game.
5. Levi Colwill
Likely to be moved centrally.
6. Mykhailo Mudryk
One of the best players from the last two games attacking-wise.
7. Raheem Sterling
Has gone quiet after a brilliant start to the season so expect him to go bright early.
8. Moises Caicedo
Should be in the middle after coming through the Villa game.
9. Robert Sanchez
Terrific saves in the game against Villa even though he would be disappointed with the goal he conceded.
10. Thiago Silva
Still one of the best defenders in the game
11. Axel Disasi
Was moved to right back in the defeat to Villa and might start there.