The starting lineup for Chelsea once all injured players are back.

The starting lineup for Chelsea once all injured players are back.
The starting lineup for Chelsea once all injured players are back.

Chelsea supporters are experiencing a surge of hope as some players who were injured in the past are either close to returning or have already joined the team again. After the international break, there’s a tangible buzz among the supporters.

The Blues’ impressive performance against Manchester City and their previous victories over Tottenham Hotspur have created a buzz around the ideal Chelsea starting lineup, given the availability of all of the team’s players.

This is our breakdown of the strongest starting lineup.

Robert Sanchez, a stopper for Chelsea

Having weathered an initially shaky start, Robert Sanchez now exudes a newfound confidence and assertiveness between the goalposts.

Crucial saves have kept CFC in the fray, and his consistent presence in all competitions suggests a firm grip on the goalkeeper position.

Marc Cucurella

Relegated to the fringes last season, Marc Cucurella has orchestrated a remarkable resurgence, making the left-back role his own in the absence of Ben Chilwell.

While Chilwell’s impending return looms, Cucurella’s stellar performances cast doubt on an immediate reclaiming of the position as he hasn’t had enough game time and will take time to settle in.

Thiago Silva

At 39, Thiago Silva defies age stereotypes, standing as Chelsea’s defensive linchpin since his arrival.

The Brazilian imparts invaluable experience, serving as a commanding presence and a mentor to his defensive counterparts. Silva has been a rock at the back with impeccable decision-making and leading the backline.

Levi Colwill

Endowed with versatility, Levi Colwill’s ability to slot into either left-center-back or left-back adds a tactical dimension.

Though young and with areas to refine, his experience in the English system may earn him the nod alongside Thiago Silva.

Reece James

Unsurprisingly, CFC captain Reece James remains the undisputed choice at right-back when fit.

Possessing a blend of strength, speed, precision crossing, and defensive acumen, James stands as a paragon of excellence in the position.

James excels in both attack and defense and provides great balance.

Moises Caicedo

Securing Moises Caicedo’s services involved a substantial investment, and after an initial adjustment period, the Ecuadorian has evolved into a midfield enforcer.

His adeptness at disrupting opposition plays and facilitating defensive-to-offensive transitions solidifies his place in the team.

Connor Gallagher

Experiencing a remarkable turnaround, Connor Gallagher has transformed from a potential summer departure to the engine propelling CFC’s midfield.

His tireless running and tenacious pressing make him a linchpin, consistently winning possession in advanced areas. Gallagher has won possession in the attacking third more (20) times than any other player in Europe’s top seven leagues this season.

Enzo Fernande

Despite not reaching peak form, Chelsea’s record signing, Enzo Fernandez, maintains the manager’s trust in the pivotal midfield role alongside Caicedo.

Time and faith in his abilities afford Fernandez the opportunity to rediscover his rhythm as he was the best player on the team last season.

Raheem Sterling

Displaying glimpses of his formidable self from his Manchester City days, Raheem Sterling emerges as a reliable winger for the Blues.

His impactful performance against City showcased his ability to torment defenders and solidified his role in the starting lineup.

Sterling has stepped up as the season has progressed. The England international leads the league in touches in the opposition box with 111.

Cole Palmer

A standout signing during the summer transfer window, Cole Palmer has swiftly become the linchpin of CFC’s attacking prowess.

Operating with a maturity well beyond his 21 years, Palmer, acquired for a mere £40 million, consistently directs the West Londoners’ offensive flow.

His calm decision-making under pressure was exemplified by his composed stoppage-time penalty against Manchester City, showcasing his unwavering commitment to leading the team.

Palmer has not only met but surpassed expectations, firmly establishing himself as the first name on the team sheet.

















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