Chelsea predicted XI vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Jose Mourinho to DROP underperforming TRIO, summer signing finally set for debut

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Chelsea are in trouble.

The Premier League title could already be out of their hands just five games into the new season, having already lost three games, but they have a chance to prove their worth in the Champions League.

Chelsea take on Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, in a clash that Nemanja Matic has insisted the Blues ‘have to win’ to help quickly pick up their suffering confidence.

Jose Mourinho could make some changes to his Blues team and is expected to drop three senior stars – who looked indispensable to the lineup last season.

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Here’s how we think Chelsea will line up…

GK – Asmir Begovic

With Thibaut Courtois out following knee surgery for the next three months, Begovic is a sure starter during this period. He is arguably the only Blues player who supporters can feel pleased with his performances when called upon this season.


RB – Cesar Azpilicueta

Branislav Ivanovic is seriously underperforming and is likely to be rested for the European clash to avoid more negative headlines on his performance. Azpilicueta therefore is likely to move across to right-back, allowing for Baba Rahman’s first appearance.

Cesar Azpilicueta

CB – Gary Cahill

It was a harsh decision from Mourinho to start Kurt Zouma in place of Cahill – and one that didn’t pay off, with the Frenchman looking out of his depth at times against Everton. Mourinho needs to settle his centre-back partnership, and Chelsea are at their most secure with Cahill and Terry.

Gary Cahill

CB – John Terry

Terry isn’t at his best – but he’s not the only one. He shouldn’t be dropped for this clash, as the Blues need their captain on the pitch.

John Terry

LB – Abdul Rahman Baba

The Ghana international appears to have gone into hiding since arriving in west London last month (we don’t blame him), but is set for his debut at Stamford Bridge as Azpilicueta moves over to right-back.

Abdul Rahman Baba


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