It’s been a very patchy week for Chelsea and things aren’t getting any easier anytime soon, as Premier League leaders Liverpool come to Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The question is: rotation or no rotation? Or do we even have a choice?
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Despite back-to-back disappointing-to-disastrous results playing in a 3-4-3 formation, the WAGNH community have decided to stick with it ahead of the 4-2-3-1 (27%) and the 4-3-3 (25%).
Defensively, there are two changes to the setup from the weekend with Antonio Rüdiger and Kurt Zouma coming in for Fikayo Tomori (48%) and the since-ruled-out Andreas Christensen (47%). Emerson (24%) remains on the sidelines, which he should be used to by now.
With Jorginho’s upcoming suspension(s), he pairs up with Mateo Kovačić in midfield once again. Ross Barkley (29%) and Billy Gilmour (35%) collect a decent number of votes as well, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s (11%) involvement in the U23 Development Squad game last night more or less ruling him out for this game.
Given the magnitude of the fixture, the inexperienced Armando Broja (8%) or, worse, Michy Batshuayi (21%) starting ahead of Olivier Giroud didn’t appeal to many. Otherwise, Pedro (40%) drops to the bench for Willian and Mason Mount on the wings.
Arrizabalaga (81%) | Rüdiger (67%), Zouma (53%), Azpilicueta (65%) | Alonso (61%), Kovačić (84%), Jorginho (73%), James (85%) | Willian (84%), Giroud (73%), Mount (69%)
MY PREFERRED LINEUP
I’d rather not continue with the three at the back experiment: it’s barely made us any more stable at the back while also making it more difficult for us to score. I’d also like Tino Anjorin to be given a chance to impress. If he’s capable of putting in a good shift, he just might offer us a further option for the remaining fixtures. We could certainly use an injection of pace, decisiveness, and creativity up front!
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger, James | Kovačić, Jorginho | Willian, Anjorin, Mount | Giroud
COME ON, YOU BLUES!!!