This is it. Chelsea take on Porto in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Win this and we’ll be voting for the lineup of a semi-final for the first time since 2014. Don’t let us down, Chelsea.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
There’s no need to fix what isn’t broken, and with that in mind, the WAGNH community’s once again voted overwhelmingly for the 3-4-3 formation, with the 4-2-3-1 (8%) coming in second. Similarly, Édouard Mendy keeps his spot ahead of second-choice Kepa Arrizabalaga (4%).
Antonio Rüdiger’s been our best defender of late and rightfully retains his place alongside Thiago Silva and César Azpilicueta. Andreas Christensen’s fitness remains in doubt; Kurt Zouma (42%) drops to the bench. Ben Chilwell and Reece James start just as in the first leg ahead of Marcos Alonso (22%) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (20%) at wing-back.
The pivot sees N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić team up, with Jorginho (40%) watching from the bench. Billy Gilmour (4%) seems not to have travelled with the squad though it’s doubtful he’d see action anyway. One should note that there has been some unconfirmed news of Kovačić being out of the fixture. Only time will tell.
The front three of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic completely annihilated Crystal Palace and it makes perfect sense to set them loose on Porto, too. Timo Werner (32%) doesn’t start for the second time in a row and that trend might just continue. Hakim Ziyech (23%), Tammy Abraham (9%) and Olivier Giroud (17%) all miss out.
Mendy (95%) | Rüdiger (91%), Silva (74%), Azpilicueta (85%) | Chilwell (75%), Kovačić (78%), Kanté (76%), James (82%) | Pulisic (71%), Havertz (69%), Mount (88%)
MY PREFERRED CHOICE
Though we can’t be sure yet, I took the breaking news about Kovačić missing out seriously and consequently opted for a pivot including Jorginho. Otherwise, I went with the exact same lineup as the community. Again: why try to fix something that’s not broken. We arguably played the best game under Tuchel at the weekend so it only makes sense.
IT’S COMING HOME!
Mendy | Rüdiger, Silva, Azpilicueta | Chilwell, Kanté, Jorginho, James | Pulisic, Havertz, Mount