Chelsea picked up three points in style in midweek, defeating Juventus 4-0 in their Champions League group game, and now they turn their attention to the huge match against Manchester United.
After sweeping aside Juventus, the Blues are the clear favorites to win again on Sunday. And, given Man United’s recent form, there’s a good chance we’ll see a repeat of Tuesday’s scoreline.
Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League table, and they need all three points to keep that position as they enter the busy winter schedule. Man City are breathing down their necks, and if they fail to win on Sunday, Guardiola’s side may be level on points with them.
The London club has failed to beat Manchester United at home in their last five meetings, but with Ole gone and Tuchel working his magic, it will be a huge surprise if Chelsea doesn’t win comfortably this weekend.
Chelsea team news vs. Manchester United:
Thomas Tuchel will want to make only minor changes to the starting lineup that thrashed Juventus, but Trevoh Chalobah could make way for Azpilicueta while Thiago Silva and Rudiger remain.
Ben Chilwell has been in excellent form, but the left-back suffered a knee injury in the second half of Tuesday’s game, and he is a major doubt in Sunday’s match against Manchester United.
“It worries me because he [Chilwell] was in such a fantastic moment, like Reece on the other side,” the manager said to the press. They were in the best shape they could be, so strong and confident and with so much quality.
‘Chilly had a sharp pain in his knee and was in a lot of pain. Now that he is feeling a little better, we will conduct an examination tomorrow to be more specific. We hope for the best, and the news isn’t too bad.’
Marcos Alonso is available as a backup, but if Chilwell is unable to recover in time, Tuchel will lose a lot of attacking prowess.
N’Golo Kante started against Juventus but was forced to leave in the 37th minute after twisting his knee. The manager is still unsure how serious the injury is, so he, too, is questionable for the match against Manchester United.
Tuchel stated, “It’s the same with N’Golo.” He twisted his knee a little, but hopefully not too badly. N’Golo was fantastic once more, until he went off. Let us hope for the best. ‘
Mateo Kovacic is already out, and if Kante joins him, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be called up. RLC replaced Kante on Tuesday as well, and he finished the game with an assist. He should be able to do well against an out-of-form Manchester United.
Mason Mount came off the bench against Juventus, but he will be contending for a starting spot this time. However, both Hakim Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi were outstanding against Juventus, so dropping either of them to the bench would be a blow.
Pulisic started up front, but if Romelu Lukaku returns to full fitness, the American international will have to make way. Lukaku was fit enough to start against Juventus, so he has a good chance of leading the line against his former club.
Kai Havertz is out with a hamstring injury, but Timo Werner will return to the bench on Sunday.
Chelsea’s predicted lineup vs. Manchester United:
Predicted Starting XI (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Alonso/Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek/Kante, Jorginho, Reece James; Mount/Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi; Romelu Lukaku