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Chelsea fans’ preferred lineup against RB Salzburg: No surprises for the start of the Potter era

Chelsea vs. RB Salzburg, Champions League: Preferred lineup

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The beginning of a new era starts is upon us, and the first game under Graham Potter sees Chelsea take on Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. After a terrible loss against Dinamo Zagreb last week, the Blues are already under pressure and need a win in order to get our European campaign back on track.


We can only guess what preferences Graham Potter will have, but the WAGNH community are sticking with the 3-4-3 (45%) formation for now; the 3-5-2 (23%) and 4-3-3 (16%) come in second and third, respectively. Kepa Arrizabalaga (58%) gets a chance to shine in goal, and he may have been preferred even before Édouard Mendy (43%) was confirmed out with a knee injury.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana may well be our strongest back line for ages, and so they unsurprisingly get the spots in the starting eleven; Trevoh Chalobah (15%) only plays back-up. At wing-back, Reece James lines up on the right as the leading vote-getter among all players, while Ben Chilwell retains his spot ahead of Marc Cucurella (52%) and César Azpilicueta (5%).

The midfield sees the trusted duo of Mateo Kovačić and Jorginho earn starts comfortably. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (16%) drops to the bench and joins Conor Gallagher (30%) and Denis Zakaria (31%) and Carney Chukwuemeka (4%), with the latter two still looking for their debuts.

Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang keep their spots up front while Mason Mount replaces Kai Havertz (44%). Christian Pulisic (29%) and Hakim Ziyech (12%) have new leases on life under Potter and will hopefully try to impress. The same goes for Armando Broja (28%), who has yet to start a game for us.

3-4-3 (45%)
Arrizabalaga (58%) | Koulibaly (76%), Silva (84%), Fofana (82%) | Chilwell (58%), Jorginho (45%), Kovačić (87%), James (98%) | Sterling (92%), Aubameyang (60%), Mount (56%)

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