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Chelsea have undoubtedly been a team transformed under Thomas Tuchel, having become the most solid team in Europe whilst showing quality in terms of their attacking ideas and also tactically

Andreas Christensen

Christensen has revealed changes Thomas Tuchel has brought to Chelsea. ( Photo by Getty Images)

This improvement is obvious with Chelsea’s run in UEFA Champions League final, while the come-from-behind 2-1 win over Manchester City this past weekend showed their growing fighting spirit.

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Thomas Tuchel has a fresh injury concern hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Arsenal.

On Wednesday, the Chelsea manager will have to make do without a couple of first-team players, with Mateo Kovacic still not fit enough to return from a hamstring injury, Andreas Christensen has picked up his own hamstring issue.

Jorginho

Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates after scoring a goal. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

In Christensen’s absence, Kurt Zouma is set to return to the starting lineup, with Thiago Silva likely to be preserved for the FA Cup final this weekend.

Zouma will take his place at the heart of Chelsea’s three-man central defensive unit, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger starting alongside him. In goal, there is no looking past Edouard Mendy.

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Jorginho ought to be back in the starting lineup after being given a break by Tuchel last time out against Manchester City. Billy Gilmour should come in for N’Golo Kante, who is another player who needs to be preserved for the cup final. As a result, Gilmour ought to get another chance to impress.

Marcos Alonso scored the match-winner against Manchester City but is likely to make way for Ben Chilwell at left wing-back, while Reece James is a certainty on the right flank.

Finally, in attack, big changes are expected, with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz starting in place of Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

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Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Gilmour, Chilwell; Hudson-Odoi, Mount; Havertz

Kickoff; 8:15pm (WAT)

 

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