Chelsea will be hoping to lift the first silverware of the season
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea go into this Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley as favourites to pick up the first trophy of the season against Tottenham, with both clubs aiming to win their fifth title.
Chelsea will be without Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic as two games of his ban for violent conduct were upheld by the FA, following his angry reaction to Ashley Barnes’ horror tackle in the Premier League game against Burnley last Saturday.
Ramires is expected to deputise for the holding midfielder, with Kurt Zouma making his cup final bow for the Blues.
GK – Thibaut Courtois
The Belgian stopper has been in fine form for the Blues this season, and has been favoured in the later stages of the competition, justifying Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop long-time number 1 Petr Cech.
RB – Branislav Ivanovic
The right-back has been a near ever-present this season and is one of the safest pairs of hands in the Premier League, while also having a knack for scoring important goals.
CB – John Terry
Chelsea captain and will always play in games as important as these whenever he is available for selection.
CB – Kurt Zouma
The young French defender has grasped his first team opportunity with both hands. He possesses power, speed and isn’t afraid to get stuck in where it hurts, the opportunity to play in a major cup final could do his development the world of good.
LB – Cesar Azpilicueta
The 25-year-old Spaniard has had the better of Filipe Luis in the battle to be Chelsea’s first choice left back. Mourinho will elect to recall him following Luis playing in the Burnley game.